Hours after visiting the poisoned-water-devastated city of Flint, Michigan, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was knocking ’em dead with a joke about the water crisis that has permanently damaged the health of thousands of children. Speaking to a crowd in Canton, Ohio, Trump made the following observation about the water crisis in Flint:
It used to be, think of this, is this true? It used to be cars were made in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now, the cars are made in Mexico, and you can’t drink the water in Flint! (crowd roars) Oh, I hate to say it, but it’s true. I can say it to you folks.
Trump’s visit to Flint was marked by an interruption by the pastor of a black church, who cut Trump off to warn him against giving a political speech at an apolitical event. He made a similar comment to the one above while at the church, but with notably different delivery and reception.
Trump later attacked the pastor on Fox and Friends.
Cable news has been playing various clips from Trump’s Canton rally, but for some reason, this joke has not been among them (Fox News ran it to tease a segment about the auto industry). That would probably still hold true if Hillary Clinton made a joke about, say, toxic coal ash poisoning children in Kentucky. We already know what would happen if someone called the people who laughed at that joke “deplorable.”
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