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For ten minutes, members of the powerhouse roundtable on Sunday’s edition of ABC's This Week did their best to paint the feud between President Trump and the four progressive minority Congresswomen known as “the squad” as an example of his inherent racism.
Host George Stephanopoulos brought up Maggie Haberman’s piece in The New York Times pointing out how his treatment of ‘the Squad’ is “following a pattern for President Trump.” Haberman elaborated on her article, citing his refusal to clarify what he meant by a “Muslim registry,” his desire to have a “competing team of blacks versus whites” on The Apprentice (that actually happened on Survivor), among other examples, as evidence that President Trump is a racist. According to Haberman, “at a certain point, it’s hard to pretend...these are all isolated incidents.”
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Another member of the panel, Roland Martin, argued “there has been no Republican President who has been as overt on race since Herbert Hoover, who led the lily-white movement.” Martin proceeded to trash evangelicals, saying they “need to challenge this President and say what you are doing is wrong, shameful, and despicable and you should stop but he won’t because he is leading policies and also appealing to white fear.” Haberman seemed to agree, arguing that President Trump “has a tactile sense of the fact that there is sadly a commercial appeal and a voter appeal for racism in this country.”
Republican strategist Sara Fagen reminded her fellow panelists that “too often, people on the left too quickly accuse people on the right of being racists and too often, people on the right don’t quickly disavow it.” Fagen also argued that Democrats “need to give the President credit when he does things, works on issues that are beneficial.” At this point, Martin interrupted Fagen and asked “such as?”
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