Trevor Noah finally takes the gloves off and gets angry with Trump

Trevor Noah finally takes the gloves off and gets angry with Trump

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NEWS.MIC

Trevor Noah’s got something to say about Donald Trump — and he’s pissed. In a roughly two-minute #ViralRant Wednesday night, the Daily Show host took down the GOP presidential candidate.

Speaking at a seeming 100 miles a minute, Noah challenged the candidate’s xenophobic and racist rhetoric.

“Hey, let me ask you something, Donald Trump,” Noah said. “How can you make something great when it’s already great, huh? What are you going to do next — make Beyoncé sexy again?”

Noah argued that inclusivity and welcoming immigrants were, in part, the source of America’s strength — not its weakness:

“The greatest country in the world is the country that accepts people who come in from everywhere in the world, Mr. Donald Trump. And I know you think that half the country is a basket of deportables. Yeah, I said it, ‘deportables,’ not ‘deplorables.’ But the good people of America know the greatest country in the world is the country where you can come in and create anything.”

The host reminded Trump that immigrants like Google co-founder Sergey Brin have started major companies, and are an invaluable part of the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric.

He added that Steve Jobs’ family immigrated from Syria — the same country whose refugees Trump has sought to prevent from entering America.

“You know who came from Syria?” Noah asks. “The iPhone came from Syria, Donald Trump. The same iPhone you tweet shit about the refugees on. So every time you tweet with those fat, little, tiny fingers of yours, you should be saying ‘thank you’ to them for giving you that phone, Mr. Donald Trump.”

Noah’s very existence, he contended, was evidence America is already great:

“The fact that a South African can be sitting in this chair that was once run by an American, and can be telling you all of this, this proves how great this country is.”

Mic dropped.

By Natasha Noman

Michelle Obama destroyed Donald Trump in the perfect campaign speech for Hillary Clinton

 Michelle Obama destroyed Donald Trump in the perfect campaign speech for Hillary Clinton

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IDENTITIES.MIC

First lady Michelle Obama did not mince words when she called out Donald Trump during a speech Friday supporting Hillary Clinton at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Trump, a noted racist, came to national political prominence in 2011 by spreading widely circulated rumors that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

After several years spreading this racist “birther” conspiracy theory, Trump announced Friday he believes Obama was born in the United States. (Because his opinion matters, apparently.)

On Friday, Michelle Obama had a remarkably poised clapback to theGOP presidential nominee’s track record on the issue — and she didn’t even use his name:

“There were those who question and continue to question for the past eight years, up through this very day, whether my husband was even born in this country,” Obama said. “Well, during this time in office, I think Barack has answered those questions with the example he set by going high when they go low.”

Obama went on to caution about the dangers of a candidate with a track record for vagueness on policy and a penchant for insults.

“If a candidate traffics in prejudice, fears and lies on the trail, if a candidate has no clear plans to implement their goals, if they disrespect their fellow citizens, including folks who made extraordinary sacrifices for our country — let me tell you, that is who they are,” she said. “That’s the kind of president they will be. Trust me, a candidate is not going to suddenly change once they get into office.”

Obama then gave an eerie warning about the perils of sending the wrong person to the Oval Office.

“The minute that individual takes that oath, they are under the hottest, harshest light there is and there is no way to hide who they really are,” Obama said. “And at that point, it is too late.”

“They are the leader of the world’s largest economy,” Obama said. “The commander in chief of the most powerful military force on Earth. With every word they utter, they can start wars, crash markets, change the course of this planet.”

She then eviscerated Trump for his immaturity and bigoted rhetoric by referencing his past hosting The Apprentice.

“Being president is not anything like reality TV,” Obama said. “It is not about sending insulting tweets or making fiery speeches. It is about whether or not the candidate can handle the awesome responsibility of leading this country.”

Obama closed her speech by offering a sliver of hope, stating Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, is by far the most qualified for the White House.

“So who in this election is truly ready for this job? Who do we pick?” Obama asked. “For me, I am just saying, it’s excruciatingly clear that there is only one person in this election we can trust with those responsibilities, only one person with the qualifications and the temperament for that job — and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”

Which is fine, but let’s get to the real question: When can we just anoint Michelle Obama the Queen of the United States of America?

Sarah Harvard

Bill Clinton Destroys Donald Trump In One Sentence On ‘Daily Show’

THE HUFFINGTON POST

He also pointed out what he called the country’s “one remaining bigotry.”

Bill Clinton only needed one sentence to deftly explain why wife Hillary would be a better presidential choice than GOP nominee Donald Trump.

On Thursday night’s “Daily Show,” Clinton skewered The Donald by pointing out the difference between his supporters and Hillary’s.

“Most of her strongest supporters have either worked for her or done business with him,” he quipped.

Despite the polarization that exists in America, Clinton believes the country is in a better position than it has ever been.

“America has come so far,” he said. “We’re less racist, sexist, homophobic and anti specific religions than we used to be. We have one remaining bigotry: We don’t want to be around anyone who disagrees with us.”

The audience quietly laughed, which Clinton believed proved his point.

“The crowd’s laughing, but they didn’t laugh loud because they know I’m telling the truth,” he said.

David Moye

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

 

Clinton’s health is Obama’s birth certificate all over again: A barely disguised way for conservatives to wallow in bigotry

Clinton's health is Obama's birth certificate all over again: A barely disguised way for conservatives to wallow in bigotry

Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter Chelsea’s home in New York City, September 11, 2016. (Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder)

SALON

Any other year, a presidential candidate who got wobbly at a 9/11 memorial service because he was battling a minor case of pneumonia would be regaled as a hero. How tough and patriotic he is to brave the summer heat while wearing a Kevlar vest, even though his doctor told him to stay in bed for a couple days!

But since the candidate in question is a she and not a he, the narrative is very different this time around. Now that it’s Hillary Clinton, everyone’s wondering if Grandma is too weak and fragile for the job. Never mind that she’s running against a man who is himself an elderly grandfather or that most presidents have been older men. Or that, as Digby noted in Salon on Monday, previous male presidents have had a slew of common health problems, from the flu to cancer surgery. Or that getting sick occasionally is just the price you pay for being human.

“Have you told everyone every time you’ve come to work with a bad cold?” Sady Doyle, a feminist author whose upcoming book “Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why” looks at how women in the public eye are shamed for having human flaws that we tend to forgive in men.

“It’s very strange to me because we know that campaigns are long and grueling and candidates are working seven days a week. They don’t get a lot of sleep. They’re constantly on airplanes and buses and shaking hands with strangers,” Doyle added. “We know they get tired. We know they get sick. But with Hillary there is this weird, conspiratorial, possessive attitude.”

The hysteria over Clinton’s having health problems is “uniquely tied to her gender,” Doyle said.

“The fact is that Trump is older than her,” Doyle continued, noting that Bernie Sanders is 6 years older, as well.

“But she is the one we want to see as this withered up, useless old crone,” she said. “We want to believe that an older woman is not capable of contributing to the world in any important way. For that reason, people are exaggerating and exaggerating concerns about her age, which is coded as physical fitness.”

A huge part of the reason that this episode is catching so much media attention is that, for weeks now, Trump has been making insinuations about Clinton’s “stamina” and allowing his right-wing shock troops to spread ridiculous myths about her health. Even Wikileaks got in on the misogynist feeding frenzy by putting up a poll — which it quickly deleted — inviting people to speculate about Clinton’s body.

Previous presidential candidates have endured partisan chatter about their health, of course. Sen. John McCain’s disability has been the source of speculation, as has President Barack Obama’s history as a smoker. But there’s never been this much attention paid to a candidate’s body.

Women are perceived as public property in the way men are not, which is why “nip slips” and “upskirts” are a much bigger business than monitoring the state of celebrity penises.

Trump, in particular, has a long history of displaying outright disgust at any evidence that women have biological bodies. As I noted on a Facebook live video for Salon, the list of instances where Trump has shamed women for having normal and basic bodily functions is as long as your arm.

Or this lovely exchange, from “The Howard Stern Show”:

Trump: Howard let me just ask you. You said something a while ago about Beth that amazed me because it applies to Melania. You said you’ve never seen her do anything, like, bad, in terms of her own personal.

Stern: That’s true. She would never even do another chick.

Trump: No, no, not even that. You said you’ve never heard her fart.

Stern: Not only is that true, she doesn’t make doody. She hasn’t made doody . . .

Trump: I can say the exact same thing about Melania.

 I cut much of it because they talked, at length, about their shared obsession with believing that women don’t — or shouldn’t, anyway — have normally functioning digestive systems.

Or last December, Trump went on a rant shaming Clinton for using a commercial break during a primary debate to use the bathroom.

“I know where she went — it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it,” Trump sneered, though he clearly wanted to talk about it. “No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.”

And who can forget what he said about Fox News host Megan Kelly, when he was angry with her for asking him tough questions during a primary debate: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Or what attorney Elizabeth Beck said about how Trump reacted during a meeting when she asked for a break to breastfeed: “He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there.”

Ann Friedman wrote for the Los Angeles Times, “Historically, women’s physical weakness relative to men has been used as an excuse to prevent us competing for everything from corporate promotions to Olympic medals.” She added, “A similar fallacy about female fragility crops up in politics.”

But there is no evidence-based reason to think Clinton is fragile. In fact, quite the opposite is the case.

“A 68-year-old woman, with pneumonia, still kept a schedule that most of us wouldn’t make it through, flying here and there, holding multiple events and briefings a day,”Eric Schmeltzer wrote in The Huffington Post. “That’s not weak. That’s actually strong and tough as hell.”

If she were a man, it would be easy to see that, especially when the opponent is Trump, a man who rejects the grinding schedule of the typical presidential campaignin favor of flying home, in his private jet, to sleep in his own bed. It’s hard to not notice that Trump’s preferred outreach — rallies and phone calls to cable news shows — are exactly the sort of activities that make it a lot easier to sleep in your own bed at night, whereas Clinton maintains a grueling campaign schedule.

This fits into history, as well. Trump isn’t shy about his hatred of traveling overseas and he famously once nearly lost out on an important business deal because he didn’t want to travel to China and eat foreign food. Clinton, in contrast, was the secretary of state and kept a schedule — including mountains of foreign travel — so dense that her two-and-a-half year stint resulted in 3,721 pages of schedule.

(Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s new campaign manager, is reportedly trying to steer Trump away from the rally-heavy schedule and toward more time-intensive voter- outreach efforts, and it will be fun to see if her efforts have an influence over her notoriously stubborn — and travel-averse — candidate.)

The feigned concerns over Clinton’s health strongly resemble the feigned concerns that Obama was faking his natural born citizenship, right down to the posturing about how this is all the target’s fault for not providing more and more documentation — to drive home how much those of us who aren’t white men cannot be trusted. In both cases, it’s about wallowing in ugly stereotypes — that black people aren’t patriots, that women are inherently fragile — without admitting that’s what’s going on.

And no surprise that the person behind the Clinton health hysteria is also the same man who was pushing the Obama birth certificate hysteria: Donald Trump.

Amanda Marcotte

Self-proclaimed “genius” reaches new highs in stupidity: Trump puts his incompetence on full display

Donald Trump (Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

SALON

Trump’s candidacy is an ugly joke — but insidious racism and media idiocy have kept him within striking distance

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is a former United States senator and secretary of state with decades of experience as a public servant. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a real estate developer and reality TV star. He has never held public office. According to new national polling data on the 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton and Trump are in a virtual tie. How did this happen?

There are many reasons. Primarily, both candidates are viewed negatively by large segments of the American public. The U.S. economy has also experienced a relatively anemic recovery (in terms of wages and wealth) from the Great Recession of the George W. Bush years.

Furthermore, the American electorate is highly partisan and polarized. As Election Day in November approaches — and despite whatever misgivings voters may feel — it is much more likely than not that individuals will solidify their support for their political party’s chosen candidate.

These foundational factors have combined to create a close presidential race.

The American news media, much of it owned and controlled by large corporations, has also played a significant role in keeping Hillary Clinton within reach of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is an atypical presidential candidate who has utter disregard for the standing norms of American politics and even less respect for the Fourth Estate. This has allowed him to outmaneuver and manipulate many journalists and pundits. They feel beholden, or perhaps enslaved, to norms of “objectivity,” “fairness” and “balance.” Trump feels no such limitations.

By some estimates, the American media has given Trump at least $3 billion worth of free coverage. The 24/7 cable news cycle and the media’s corporate culture have fueled an obsession with creating a “horse race” and a willingness to massage, distort and misrepresent events in order to sustain that narrative. For example, the media continues to manufacture “scandals” about Clinton’s emails while ignoring or underplaying Trump’s misdeeds, from the buying of political influence and various documented acts of political corruption to his encouragement of election tampering by a foreign power, his questionable business practices and other instances ofunethical behavior.

The sum effect of these dynamics (aided by no small amount of cowardice among the pundit classes) is that the American corporate news media has buttressed and legitimated Trump. In all, this amounts to grading on a curve. Hillary Clinton is an A student being held to an impossibly high standard and punished for minor mistakes. Donald Trump is a D student, at best, who is being marked up to an A minus because the teacher is afraid of his parents.

The impact of white racism and racial resentment on American politics also plays a large role in explaining why Clinton and Trump are so close in the polls. Donald Trump is a racist, a bigot, a nativist and a fascist. The Republican Party in the post-Civil Rights era has become the United States’ largest de facto white identity organization. It also attracts white authoritarians. Trump’s selection as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nominee is the nearly inevitable outcome of almost five decades of the “Southern strategy” pioneered by Pat Buchanan in 1968, as well as a broader right-wing electoral politics that is based first and foremost on mobilizing white voters and demobilizing nonwhites.

Moreover, despite the media’s discussion of the so-called alt-right, which is little more than an ideological smoke screen, Trump and his supporters are not outliers or aberrations in the Republican Party. They are its unapologetic base and its political id. Right-wing elites may be turned off by Trump’s lack of polish, but his core message, attitudes and values resonate among mainstream Republicans. This gives Trump a deep reservoir of preexisting support.

In some ways, Trump began his 2016 political foray in 2011 with the racist conspiracy known as “birtherism.” Five years later, 72 percent of Republicans still express doubtthat Barack Obama was born in the United States.

During the Republican campaign, Trump proposed banning all Muslim noncitizens from entering the United States. Seventy-one percent of Republicans supported it.

Social scientists have demonstrated that “old-fashioned” racism is resurgent in America and can now be used to predict whether a given white voter will support the Republican Party. Anti-black animus is also highly correlated with hostility to Barack Obama. Other work has demonstrated that racial animus has a “hangover” effect that can impact a given white person’s attitudes and beliefs about ostensibly race-neutral policy issues, like public transit and infrastructure projects, which may be perceived as benefiting blacks.

The ascendancy of Donald Trump has also empowered white supremacists and other hate groups to bolster their recruitment efforts. The Independent reports that white nationalist groups are growing at a higher rate than ISIS, at least in terms of social-media presence.

These are abstract facts and the results of social science research. They are essential and extremely important. The passions and rage that Donald Trump has summoned, however, also help to explain why he is able to be so competitive with Hillary Clinton.

Trump is the beneficiary of a populist moment of discontent in American and global politics. While Bernie Sanders’ progressive version of populism was inclusive, cosmopolitan and forward-thinking, Trump’s populism appeals to racism, tribalism and reactionary thinking. Trump is also a political necromancer, deftly skilled in manipulating white conservatives’ anxieties and fears of both generational and cultural obsolescence.

This political moment and broader atmosphere has resulted in some ugly events. Trump supporters have attacked and beaten immigrants. Violence against protesters at Trump rallies has become commonplace. Several weeks ago  a Trump supporter stabbed an interracial couple at a restaurant in Olympia, Washington. White supremacists have been emboldened by Trump’s rise to power in the Republican Party. They openly attend his rallies and other events and see him as a champion for their cause. In August a white supremacist killed a 19-year-old black teenager by running him over with a vehicle. Trump has embraced the implicit racist sentiment channeled by “All Lives Matter” and has described Black Lives Matter members as thugs and criminals who are a threat to public order. Paul LePage, the Trump-like governor of Maine, recently suggested that blacks and Latinos were the “enemy” of police and deserved to be shot.

While many political observers like to pretend that the racially toxic civic atmosphere that spawned Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party was an unexpected surprise, it was foreshadowed during Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008. While this factor may seem almost irrelevant at the end of his two successful terms in office, it is estimated that white racism cost Barack Obama 3 to 5 percentage points in the final presidential vote that year.

Obama’s election spawned a vicious reaction on the right. Racially resentful white conservatives flocked to the Tea Party faction. To undermine Obama’s constitutional powers, congressional Republicans refused to follow through on basic responsibilities of governance (such as raising the debt ceiling so that the government could continue to operate). Right-wing media outlets made increasingly inflammatory, racist and bizarre claims about the country’s first black president. Movement conservatives and the broader Republican Party openly discussed a second American Civil War with overtones of Southern slave owners’ beliefs in their right to “nullification” and “secession.”

At its core, politics is a struggle over resources and values. These struggles and their outcomes can be described as “push and pull factors,” “continuity and change” or “thesis and antithesis.” Political struggles, even in a democracy, do not usually result in a type of equilibrium where all parties benefit equally. Shorter version: There are winners and losers.

Donald Trump has been made competitive with Hillary Clinton because of a complicit media, the structural and institutional features of America’s two-party system and political culture and the power of white identity politics and racism. This will get Trump close to the finish line but not over it. Clinton has substantial leads in crucial swing states, and many more paths to victory in the Electoral College. Ultimately, Donald Trump burned all his racist, nativist and pseudo-fascist fuel in order to reach political orbit. He cannot sustain his altitude and will soon come crashing down. The question then becomes who gets caught in the political conflagration and what level of collateral damage will follow.

Chauncey DeVega

Trump’s Claim That Putin Is A Better Leader Than Obama Is Utterly Insane

Trump’s Claim That Putin Is A Better Leader Than Obama Is Utterly Insane

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POLITICUS USA

Since last night’s Commander-in-Chief forum on NBC, Republicans have been on the defensive about Donald Trump’s reiterated praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Here’s what Trump said:

“If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him,” Trump said of the Russian president. “The man has very strong control over a country.”

The GOP nominee added that Putin has been a leader “far more than our president’s been a leader.”

Essentially, Trump’s case for why Putin is a good leader is this: 1. The Russian president has high approval ratings; 2. He has complimented Trump.

We know that there are few things Trump values more than polls and praise.

With that said, the Republican nominee’s decision to wrap his arms around Putin isn’t just insane, but it also shows that Trump’s definition of leadership is pretty frightening.

First of all, Putin is presiding over a terrible economy, which was made even worse by U.S.-led sanctions imposed following his illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia’s overall meddling in Ukraine.

In a Reuters report from yesterday, one Russian employer said, “The Russian economy has hit bottom, but who would have thought the Russians would start digging?”

VOA News also reported earlier this week that Putin’s economy “has plunged millions of people into poverty…”

It’s not just economic conditions that are dire in Russia; life also isn’t so good for those who support a free press.

Since Putin came to power, 25 journalists have been killed. The majority of those killings were carried out by military or government officials, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

If this is the type of strength and leadership that Donald Trump wants to emulate as the President of the United States, then we’re all in trouble.

Meanwhile, in President Obama’s America, the economy has rebounded from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. More than 15 million jobs have been created over the last 78 months – the longest streak of private sector job growth in history. The uninsured rate is at record lows, the stock market is soaring, and the unauthorized immigrant population has actually fallen.

In a recent analysis conducted by Gallup, the American people report that their lives have gotten better during Obama’s two terms as president. Obama’s rising approval ratings only confirm that reality.

All of this despite Trump’s repeated attempts to paint the country under Obama as a hellscape overrun by “illegals.”

For score-keeping purposes: Putin isolated his country from the rest of the world, drove his economy into the ground, and ordered the killing of journalists. Obama halted a second Great Depression, laid the groundwork for sustained economic growth, provided health insurance to millions, and improved – yes, improved – America’s reputation abroad.

The contest of which of these two men is a better leader isn’t even close. In fact, Putin would likely trade his record for Obama’s in a heartbeat.

Ultimately, all of this says more about the Republican nominee than it does about either Putin or Obama. If Putin’s is the leadership that Donald Trump admires then he should be nowhere near the White House.

Fox News’ Presidential Debate Moderator Says He’ll Let Candidates Lie

Trump shakes hands with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who will moderate the third presidential debate. | Screen Cap – Fox News Channel

THINK PROGRESS

For the first time, Fox News has been selected to moderate a presidential debate. The Presidential Debate Commission selected Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, to moderate the third presidential debate, scheduled for October 19 in Las Vegas.

Wallace appeared on Fox News’ Media Buzz to discuss what his selection meant to him personally and “what it means to Fox News.”

The host of the program, Howard Kurtz, asked Wallace, “What do you do if they make assertions that you know to be untrue?”

“That’s not my job,” Wallace replied, without skipping a beat. “It’s not my job to be a truth squad.”

VIDEO

A moderator who lets the candidates lie with impunity could be an advantage for Donald Trump, based on his Politifact scorecard. (Here is Hillary Clinton’sscorecard, for comparison.)

Trump rose to political prominence making false claims about Barack Obama’s birth certificate. He has recently been consulting with one of the nation’s most notorious conspiracy theorists.

Wallace is has close personal and professional ties to Roger Ailes, who was his boss until a few weeks ago and is now reportedly helping Trump prepare for the debate.

When Ailes was forced out of his position due to a string of credible sexual harassment allegations, Wallace showered him with praise.

Wallace said that he was “very proud to be a representative of Fox” in his role as debate moderator. He agreed with Kurtz that his selection dispelled the notion that Fox was a “right-wing network” that “favors Republicans.”

According to Wallace, his selection means the debate commission looked at Fox News’ body of work and decided it really was “fair and balanced.”

Judd Legum

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That Time The President Of Mexico Compared Donald Trump To Hitler

CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

THINK PROGRESS

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump announced that he would be making a last minute trip to Mexico to visit with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Trump made the announcement, naturally, on Twitter.

The Mexican government has also confirmed the meeting, which will be private.

There have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of this strident rhetoric have only led to very ominous situations in the history of humanity. That’s how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in — they took advantage of a situation, a problem perhaps, which humanity was going through at the time, after an economic crisis. And I think what (they) put forward ended up at what we know today from history, in global conflagration. We don’t want that happening anywhere in the world.

Trump famously launched his campaign by describing Mexican immigrants as “rapists.” Since that time he has insisted that he will build a wall across the entire southern border and get the Mexican government to pay for it.

Nieto has categorically rejected the idea. “There is no scenario,” he said.

The New York Times called the meeting a “conciliatory gesture.” But at least one Congressman thinks it’s a trap.

 

Fox News Host Explains How Tweet Of Hillary In Blackface Actually Made A Really Good Point

Screencap via Goldie Taylor

THINK PROGRESS

Trump’s top pastor stands by the message in his since-deleted tweet.

Pastor Mark Burns, a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump, said he believes his “intentions were honorable” when he posted a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface to his Twitter account Monday afternoon.

During a Tuesday morning appearance on Fox News, Burns acknowledged that “the blackface imagery has been used in the past and it is offensive to African Americans, but my message, I stand behind it.”

He said “the real offense” is that many minority families in America “don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”

Fox News host Martha MacCullum then suggested Burns made a good point with his blackface tweet, saying he “used that blackface, which you explained, to say that you thought that she, in this case, is pandering to black voters.”

MacCullum told Burns she “thought it was interesting” that the media wanted to ask him about “the blackface part” of his tweet, but not “the underlying stuff of what you’re talking about — the violence that exists in our inner cities, the fact that more black people are killed my members of their own black community in our inner cities, that that is the issue that plagues them more than any other.” She then read a quote from Trump before Burns jumped back in and accused liberals of “playing the race card.”

Here’s the tweet Burns posted, which was later deleted from his feed:

Burns’ case for why African Americans should vote for Trump is basically the same as the one Trump has been making to the largely white audiences that attend his rallies — black people have it bad as it is, so why not vote for Trump and see what happens?

“Black people are Americans, and when Donald Trump talks about jobs, he’s talking to all Americans. When he talks about security, he’s talking to all Americans,” Burns said in his Periscope video.

On MSNBC, Burns said “millions of African Americans are on welfare, [millions] of African Americans are on food stamps… we are not at the promise land that Dr. King spoke about.”

“The problem is we live in a political PC environment… where we go after the African American vote like all of us African Americans are the same,” he added.

Burns, who referred to Democrats as “the enemy” and called on God to “defeat” Clinton during his aforementioned RNC speech, is helping to promote Trump’s upcoming appearance at a predominately black church on Saturday. The New York Times reports that it will be Trump’s first event in front of a predominately black audience in more than a year.

New polling released by Public Policy Polling indicates African Americans aren’t buying what Trump and Burns are selling. According to the poll, Trump’s favorability rating among African Americans is zero percent, with 97 percent viewing him unfavorably and three percent undecided.

 Aaron Rupar