When we envision someone that might help unify America, it’s safe to say that that Donald Trump wouldn’t even be a consideration. He’s run a campaign so offensive and divisive that he’s even managed to successfully divide his own party without much effort. But Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) seems to see something in Trump that the rest of us don’t – his ability to be a “racial healer.” Seriously.
It sounds unbelievable, but Fallin made those comments yesterday in an interview on CNN, and even anchor Jake Tapper thought she was insane. Tapper noted that Trump has offended numerous groups of minorities when he told Fallin:
I’ve heard from a number of Latino Americans, Muslim Americans, Native Americans, Jewish Americans, African Americans, all expressing concern about some of the things Donald Trump has said.
What Fallin said next is hard to read with a straight face. She said:
I think he is trying to campaign as a racial healer. I think that has been part of his message. If you watch what he’s said this week, he talks abut how devastating this was for Dallas, how we need to respect our law enforcement, how we need to pray for those who were killed and those who were injured. I think that is his intent, I trust him with his words and I think we all need to move towards being compassionate, understanding, healing, but also respecting our law enforcement.
Has Fallin been paying ANY sort of attention to Trump’s campaign? From the very beginning, he offended the Hispanic population by calling immigrants criminals, drug dealers and rapists and has been vowing to build his U.S.-Mexico border wall to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing the border. He’s also proposed to ban all Muslims from coming into the United States, and said that he would “strongly consider” closing mosques in America. And those are just a few highlights, among many more.
But clearly, Fallin has forgotten about the entire year’s worth of racism and bigotry Trump has been spewing just because he happened to release ONE video that addressed race relations in the country. Following the deaths of two black men who were killed by police last week in Louisiana and Minnesota, Trump had said:
The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile also make clear how much more work we have to do to make every American feel that their safety is protected. Racial divisions have gotten worse, not better.
Although Trump’s remarks were more reflective than usual, to say that Trump is going to be a “racial healer” is moronic.
You can watch Fallin fawn over Trump below:
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Also during this interview, Fallin spoke about being considered by Trump as a potential running mate. She said, “I have not been asked for specific documentation and have not had a specific conversation with any of his staff about being vice president,” but “it’s certainly an honor to be mentioned with other people across our nation.”
But according to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, it’s highly unlikely that Trump would choose a woman or minority as VP because Trump is afraid it will look like “pandering.” Spoken like someone truly interested in “unifying.”
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