One year after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Robin Thede has one question for black people supporting Trump: “Why?” The host of BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede laid out her case by chronicling Trump’s history of disrespect toward black people — or, as Trump once called them, “the blacks.”
This isn’t a comprehensive list because, as Thede said, “the show’s only a half-hour.” But she was able to squeeze as many instances as she could in less than four minutes, beginning with Trump and his father being accused in 1973 of violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against minority renters.
“The truth is Trump doesn’t care about anybody — especially black people — and he never has. But don’t believe me, believe history,” she said.
Thede also pointed to the time when Trump bought full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty against the Central Park Five, a group of black and Latino teens wrongly convicted of raping a woman in NYC’s Central Park; the time Trump appeared on The View and called for President Obama to show his birth certificate; the time Trump boasted, “I have a great relationship with the blacks”; and the time Trump blamed “blacks and hispanics” for “the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our cities” while the George Zimmerman trial was going on.
And that doesn’t begin to touch his actual presidency.
“That is only a fraction of the things he’s said and done,” Thede concluded. “So I suggest the remaining 10 black Trump supporters heed the words of Maya Angelou: ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.'”
Watch her segment above.
The Rundown with Robin Thede airs Thursdays at 11 p.m. on BET.