I’ve said it before, while there are many reasons why I wouldn’t want to be a supporter of Donald Trump, having to constantly defend the indefensible ranks right near the top of that list. It must be exhausting to believe the things Trump supporters have to believe in order to continue defending him.
That’s why I think so many of his supporters believe in things that aren’t remotely true. They’ve been forced to create this alternative reality that only exists in their own minds because that’s the only way they can convince themselves that the preposterous things that are required to support him are perfectly normal.
For instance, take a look at the backlash ESPN’s Jemele Hill has received for her somewhat controversial comment where, in a back and forth exchange on Twitter, she said that Trump is a “white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists.”
When I heard what she said, I knew the “fake outrage machine” from the right was going to be in full-force. How dare an African American woman on a network despised by many on the right for being “too liberal” call a “president” who defended Nazis and the KKK a “white supremacist.” Her comment was the exact thing conservatives love hearing because, as they do so often, they like to twist it into a much bigger story than it really is.
Should she have said it? Probably not.
Not that I disagree with her sentiment, but as I’ve said in past instances where someone who represented some sort of network/team/organization said something controversial, the right to free speech doesn’t mean you’re free from having to deal with the repercussions from things you say.
When you’re someone in her position, an on-air personality for a television network, you’re never truly “off work.” That’s not entirely fair — but that’s just how it usually works.
That said, this push by many on the right saying she should be fired for her comments is ridiculous.
Individuals such as conservative columnist Ben Ferguson who, in a panel discussion with CNN’s Don Lemon, insisted she deserved to be fired for her comments.
Well, Lemon proceeded to lure him into a bit of a trap.
“Would you say that this president hated Barack Obama?” Lemon asked.
“I don’t think he was a big fan of him,” Ferguson replied.
That’s when the CNN host read a 2012 tweet from Trump where he called Barack Obama a racist:
Obama's '07 speech which @DailyCaller just released not only shows that Obama is a racist but also how the press always covers for him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2012
Lemon then asked Ferguson if he felt Trump should have been fired from The Apprentice for, just as Hill did a few days ago, calling a sitting president a racist.
After a few seconds, Ferguson tried playing dumb.
“I’m trying to figure out what your point is?” Ferguson finally asked.
“That was from Donald Trump, who by the way, was hosting The Apprentice and who was representing NBC at the time,” Lemon answered. “And no one from the podium said, ‘That was a fireable offense.'”
The only response Ferguson could muster was to point out that after Trump sent that tweet, no one from the Obama Administration called for him to be fired, causing Lemon to laugh at the absurdity of his response.
It’s clear that Ferguson had no rational explanation as to why he feels Hill should be fired but it was okay for Trump to call Obama a racist and remain on The Apprentice. He also didn’t seem to understand that by pointing out how the Obama White House never stooped to such childish levels as to demand NBC fire Trump over his tweet only proves how petty and ridiculous the current administration is.
If you have a few moments, I would highly suggest everyone check out the segment. I promise you’ll get a good chuckle at the reaction the rest of the panelists had as Ferguson tried to defend the indefensible.
Watch the segment below via CNN:
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