Rep. Frederica Wilson on Tuesday unleashed a tirade on President Trump for calling Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” on Twitter, saying the president is a “white supremacist” and “everything that comes out of that White House is racist.”
“He has taken this country to its knees,” the Florida Democrat told CNN’s John Berman. “The president of the United States is calling a woman of color a dog? How dare he!”
“LeBron James said it correctly when he said racism has always existed, but President Trump has emboldened the racists to come forward without any fear of punitive actions, and we have got to stop this. Because I could be next,” she said. “Mr. Trump is a white supremacist, he has surrounded himself with white supremacists, and everything that comes out of that White House is racist.”
Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Trump went after Ms. Manigault Newman, his former aide, for alleging a tape existed of him using the N-word repeatedly on the set of “The Apprentice.” The president tweeted praise for Chief of Staff John F. Kelly “for quickly firing that dog.”
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Ms. Wilson said Mr. Trump’s use of the word was clearly racist. After Mr. Berman pointed out that the president has also called white people and men “dogs,” Ms. Wilson conceded that “you should not call anyone dogs.”
“Overwhelmingly, in my knowledge and experiences, it has always been African-American people that he’s called names to embarrass them and to smear them. That has been my experience,” she said.
Mr. Brennan agreed that the word isn’t presidential and that it “means something different” when it’s used against a woman of color.
Ms. Wilson said the only way to “shut down all of this racism” is to ensure a “blue wave” in the midterm elections. She also compared Mr. Trump to the white nationalists that rallied on Washington over the weekend.
“He’s not only exhibiting the same kinds of characteristics, but he praises them and he gives them the power and emboldens them to mimic what he does and what he tweets out everyday,” she said.
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