Donald Trump, Jr. speaks to supporters of his father, President Donald Trump, during a panel discussion, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump Jr.’s appearance on ABC’s The View was explosive, but perhaps one of the most shocking moments of the face-off was when he accused host Joy Behar of having worn blackface. According to Fox News, on Thursday, Trump appeared on the daytime talk show to promote his new book Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.
When Behar began to rattle off an extensive list of all the missteps and scandals President Trump has found himself embroiled in, Trump Jr., jumped to his father’s defense.
“We’ve all done things that we regret. Joy, you have worn blackface,” Trump Jr., said during the visibly tense segment. “Whoopi, you said that Roman Polanski… it wasn’t ‘rape-rape,’ when he raped a child.”
“Now that you’ve broken this piece of ice, because I guess it is the fight you wanted…are you questioning my character,” an agitated Goldberg asked.
“I’m not questioning your character. I’m talking about, you’re questioning my father’s character and I say we all have done and said things,” Trump Jr.
While Behar jumped vehemently denied wearing blackface, Trump Jr. later tweeted a 2016 clip showing Behar discussing dressing as an African woman for Halloween when she was younger.
“Joy Behar admitted during a taping of The View in 2016 to dressing as a “beautiful African women” at a Halloween party when she was 29 which involved makeup “that was a little bit darker than my skin” The show even ran an image of the old photo,” explained the tweet.
While co-host Goldberg came to Behar’s defense and said that as a Black woman she of all people knows what blackface is, after the show Trump Jr., also tweeted out a link to an article featuring her problematic quotes about Polanski.
“I know it wasn’t rape-rape,” the actress reportedly said of the director who plead guilty to sleeping with a 13-year-old girl who says she was plied with champagne and drugs. “I think it was something else, but I don’t believe it was rape-rape.”
Donald Trump Jr. says his dad can’t be racist because there are pics of him with rappers
Someone tell him taking a few snapshots with Snoop and Kanye doesn't gives you zero cred.
Donald Trump introduces his son Donald Trump Jr. as he addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on April 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
Yes, you read that correctly. In an interview with the Daily Caller, Trump Jr. said that the Democrats do a “disservice” to those who “are actually oppressed and hurt by real racism” when they call people racist too quickly. And, there’s no way his father could ever be a racist because he actually knows some Black people.
Trump Jr. certainly seems to think that his father is among those being unfairly accused by the quick-to-judge Democrats. “I know him. I’ve seen him my whole life. I’ve seen the things he’s done. You know it’s amazing — all the rappers, all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. I have pictures with them. We say ‘Hi.’ Have always been friends,” Trump Jr. said.
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It’s true that Trump has taken pictures with rappers like Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, but that doesn’t really constitute “all the rappers.” Unless those are the only rappers that Trump Jr. knows.
It’s also true that Donald Trump does have a long relationship with Jackson and Sharpton, but on Tuesday, Sharpton responded to Trump Jr.’s comments by saying that Trump had changed in the decades since they first met.
“We haven’t changed. He changed,” Sharptonsaid. “And what he’s changed to become is one who has proposed some of the most racist, bigoted policies. When he was talking right, we took pictures with him and welcomed to him to our events. When he went left, we stood up for what was right. He is promoting racism.”
Even though he has always refuted them, allegations of racism have plagued Trump for years. As a realtor in the 1970s, he was accused of giving special treatment to white renters over African Americans who wanted to live in his buildings. He has also been accused of treating his Black casino employees poorly. A former employee recounts once overhearing Trump criticize a Black accountant saying, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in Blacks.”
Most recently, Trump spawned the birther movement and kicked off his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans rapists. Add the President’s comments last month where he referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries,” and you’re simply adding more fuel to a long-standing burning bush.