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Trump Biographer David Cay Johnston: The President ‘Is the Embodiment of Being a Racist’

In the wake of ESPN host Jemele Hill’s description of President Donald Trump as a “white supremacist,” there has been a decent amount of media discussion focused on the merits of Hill’s assertion, with some straight up asking why her remarks are controversial since they seem accurate.

During this morning’s broadcast of MSNBC’s AM Joy, Trump biographer David Cay Johnston weighed in on this topic as well as Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. And the way Johnston sees it, Hill’s label for Trump seems apt.

“He is a racist,’ he told host Joy Reid. “He’s been the subject of judicial administrative hearings about this. He’s made awful comments over the years.”

Johnston continued, bringing up the White House press secretary calling on Hill to be fired: “He is the embodiment of being a racist just as Miss Huckabee Sanders’ comments the other day are the embodiment of censorship and should have upset every single American who has even a modest amount of respect for our Constitution.”

“Wow,” Reid said in response.

The MSNBC host went on to ask Johnston about the inevitable pushback from Trump supporters who will say Trump has black friends and defenders, causing Johnston to reply that Barack Obama’s election didn’t end racism in America and that segregationist Strom Thurmond fathered a black child.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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