Smiley Hits Back at Trump for Calling Him Racist: ‘I’m Not the One Who Went After Muslims’


Don Lemon spoke with talk show host Tavis Smiley last night, where they discussed how Donald Trump decided to refer to Smiley as a racist after calling out Trump’s racially inflammatory rhetoric on ABC’s This Week.

Smiley held firm on calling Trump out by saying that he was speaking the journalistically-objective truth that Trump is an an “unrepentant, irascible, religious and racial arsonist.” He went on to say that even though the mogul keeps rising in the polls, he has established his voter base on negative and volatile talking points that journalists should be obligated to point out while covering him.

“I don’t know how I’m a racist. I’m not the one who went after Muslims, I’m not the one who went after undocumented workers,” Smiley said. “My comment yesterday was not singularly directed to Mr. Trump, it’s at the media. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of watching us cover this campaign without with calling him on the carpet.”

“It says something about America that he is resonating in the way that he is, and I can’t get in the minds of the voters,” Smiley said. “I just hope that at some point we will come to our senses and that we will see that this is how these slippery slopes begin.”

Lemon noted how none of Trump’s controversies have caused him to slip with voters in the past, to which Smiley said that the mogul keeps painting various marginalized groups with a broad brush in ways that the media consistently lets him get away with. Smiley also found it interesting that Trump could call him out as a racist hours after what he said, while the mogul has attracted the support of white supremacists that he has largely declined to condemn.

Watch above, via CNN.

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