GOP congressman defends Trump by calling Obama a racist
New York. Rep. Lee Zeldin excuses Trump because, in his mind, President Obama is a racist.
The Republican Congressman sat down with CNN’s John Berman and Kate Bolduan Tuesday morning to address his support for Donald Trump head-on in the aftermath of the newest controversy embroiling the campaign. Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee for President, has been arguing that an Indiana-born judge of Mexican heritage can not fairly oversee a lawsuit involving Trump University given the candidate’s proposed southern border wall…
“I think that Mr. Trump made a regrettable mistake with his statement,” Rep. Zeldin admitted.
But as soon as Berman and Bolduan turned up the heat on Zeldin to hold him accountable for defending someone embattled in a controversy of racism, Zeldin seemed to buckle and squirm with discomfort…
“Congressman, this is very important. You agree with Paul Ryan,” said Bolduan. “You agree on this already stunning statement coming from the House Speaker, that what Donald Trump has said is the textbook definition of a racist comment. If Donald Trump, in this comment, is engaging in racism, are you still comfortable supporting him?”
…Rep. Zeldin gave a rambling response about “offensive microtargeting,” which seemed to fool just about no one, and eventually offered up this stunning defense (emphasis mine):
There’s more than just words to define a person and, by the way, aside from words, there’s a whole lot more to define everyone, but you can easily argue that the President of the United States is a racist with his policies and his rhetoric.