Trump co-chair complains that racism charge ‘pushes back on the white guy’
Carl Paladino, a Trump campaign co-chair and former Republican candidate for New York governor, complained that charges of racism hurt “the white guy.”
Paladino began his interview with CNN’s Carol Costello by attacking the media for reporting on Donald Trump’s comments about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Hispanic heritage.
“The press has created this issue,” Paladino insisted.
“Because it sounds racist, that’s why,” Costello immediately shot back.
“Well, it sounds racist because in your vernacular, okay, that’s what you’re trying to prove,” Paladino opined. “What is the press interested in doing right now? They’ve got their jockey shorts all bunched up, and they’re all excited over having an issue that they can pick apart in its most minute sense.”
The CNN host pointed out that conservative blogger Erick Erickson had accused his own party of “entertaining a racist as its leader in the name of winning.”
Paladino, who has his own history of making controversial racial statements, accused Erickson of liking “to use the term ‘racist’.”
“This is incredible that you want to pull this word out and use it,” the Trump surrogate complained. “Because it always pushes back on the white guy. It’s not fair.”