The nation has been abuzz with the latest controversy surrounding President Trump’s continuous dalliance with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other racist groups.
Jemele Hill, a host of ESPN’s flagship “SportsCenter” program, recently took to Twitter and called out the President for being a white supremacist himself, immediately provoking a firestorm of criticism and pearl-clutching from Trump fans who love to invoke their right to “free speech” as a hood for their racism but screamed for Hill to be fired for expressing her opinion on social media.
Even the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared that Hill should lose her job for her remarks in a shocking statement from Washington.
Pastor John Pavlovitz took to his blog tonight to say quite plainly that she’s correct in her assessment of Trump as a white supremacist – and the reasons are plain as day:
This is the heart of the hypocrisy on display here, and the reason Hill isn’t wrong, even if you disagree with her conclusions or her methods.
You don’t get to hire Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka, and Jeff Sessions—and simultaneously mount a high horse of righteous indignation at the suggestion that you’re probably a bigot.
You don’t get to spend a lifetime exemplifying the absolute insulation from accountability that is white privilege—and get to play the victim card when a black woman asks why that is.
You don’t get to call a violent horde of torch-wielding nazis in Charlottesville, “fine people,” and blame the deadly violence on “both sides”—and then act as if charges of supremacy are without merit.
You can’t be the Presidential candidate officially endorsed by the KKK, and then bristle when people of color question your commitment to equality—especially when nearly every Cabinet appointment bolsters such questions.
And if you’re supporting this man, you don’t suddenly get to tone police someone for their audacity or cry “hurtful language”. If you’ve continually defended the King of Crass who you’ve applauded for “speaking his mind” and for “telling it like it is.”—that criticism of Hill doesn’t ring true. It also seems a disconnect to ask for a sports talk show host to be fired on grounds of inciting racial discord—when you voted for a man who has done nothing but fan the flames of bigotry.
Everything Donald Trump has done since taking office has been in support of a white supremacist agenda, the main goal of which is the soft ethnic cleansing of the United States of nonwhites by way of travel ban and mass deportation.
As if to prove their points, Trump once again doubled down on his “both sides were at fault in Charlottesville” rhetoric today, for no reason at all save to signal to his racist base that he hadn’t lost sight of what their goals are.
There’s no denying that Trump is exactly what Hill said he was.