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Fox host: Democrats are "potentially racist against" Trump

On Fox News, Bob Massi asks if Trump opponents are the REAL racists


Rachel Leah
January 18, 2018 8:45PM (UTC)

With news that some Democratic lawmakers plan to boycott President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address, legal analyst and Fox Business' Bob Massi told Fox News that the Democrats are "potentially racist against" Trump.

Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt asked Massi: "Why do Democrats think that they can use the president's speech as a political statement?"

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He replied, "Well, to be clear, as a citizen I objected whenever President Obama was there and the justices and [Senator] Ted Cruz decided to boycott. I thought that was inappropriate. And so I feel this way, I don't believe — this is the most reverent chamber of government in the world, and for them to use this as a platform to basically send a message, it just shows disrespect to the office itself."

Massi added, "if you disagree with the man, disagree with him, but at least respect the office that he holds." He then veered into a series of bizarre questions incorrectly suggesting that racism works both ways.

And then, the whole ship that was this little conversation abruptly keeled.

"The other thing is, Ainsley, and I say this very carefully, when is it — does racism come the other way? In other words, is this a political statement or are these people also, as they call the president a racist, are they potentially racist against him?" Massi asked Earhardt. Yeah, that just happened.

"Somebody has to address that issue because there's a fine line between a political statement and are they being racist against the president of the United States," he concluded.

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To answer Massi's question: No, they're not. The line is not fine. Racism does not work both ways. But, hey, when you're on the president's favorite network, you can pretty much say anything that squares the circle of the president's bizarre, counterfactual martyr complex, so good for you.

See the whole truly unbelievable segment below.


Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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