MSNBC must have thought that comedian D.L. Hugley would provide some comedic relief on the subject of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, Hugley wasn’t in a joking mood and didn’t find the topic to be a laughing matter.
During an interview on MSNBC’s AM Joy, host Joy Reid asked Hughley to share his thoughts about Donald Trump. Before she could finish asking the question, Hughley said with a straight face:
Donald Trump is a racist.
The comedian continued, expanding on Trump’s racism and why the GOP establishment has had so much trouble standing up against a popular candidate within their party who they know to be a racist.
He’s a racist and anybody who — listen, Paul Ryan basically said that’s textbook racism. So what Paul Ryan actually said is ‘a racist is better than a liberal.’ If you say that, it’s because you’re not affected by racism. Everything we are, because liberals built this country, you are what you are because of liberals.
Hughley then recalled an interview he had with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough in which he chided the conservative host about how Republicans tend only to reference the distant past when talking their “fantastic” relationship with African-Americans.
And I was on with Joe Scarborough, and I don’t agree with everything he says, but he brags about this being the ‘party of Lincoln.’” the comedian continued. “When you’ve got to keep referencing the dude on the penny, you better update your resume. Stop it. Everything you enjoy right now, everybody they like now, they hated before. They hated Martin Luther King. Now they pretend. They hated Muhammad Ali, and they didn’t like him until he was shaking going up the stairs at the Olympics. They didn’t start loving him until he was no longer a threat. You don’t get to be a little racist, you don’t get to be a little pregnant.
When a comedian like D.L. Hughley can no longer laugh about a politician, it’s time to start taking that politician seriously. Before it’s too late.
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