On Monday morning, real estate mogul Donald Trump appeared on Fox & Friends and discussed the recent controversy over LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments. ‘The Donald,’ a buffoonish cartoon character who floated a Presidential run last election and recently bandied about a potential run for New York Governor, did criticize Sterling’s comments, calling them “horrible” and “disgusting.” However, he placed far more blame at the feet of Sterling’s girlfriend, V. Stiviano, claiming she set Sterling up and that she is a “terrible human being” and the “girlfriend from hell.”
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Politico:
As you can hear in the clip, Trump made the following statements:
“He got set up by a very, very bad girlfriend, let’s face it. She’s called the girlfriend from hell, but what he said was terrible and despicable and very strong action going to be taken. There’s no question about it. She’s a terrible human being and he gave horrible answers and disgusting answers.”
Trump also insinuated that not only did Stiviano setup Sterling, but that perhaps Sterling was not in the right mental state and that he may not be competent, essentially casting Sterling in a sympathetic light.
“I think he could be out of it, frankly, based on his actions. He could be pretty much out of it in terms of his whole mentality.”
It is shocking, SHOCKING, that an old, rich white guy with a history of racist and sexist behavior comes to the defense of another old, rich white guy with a history of racist and sexist behavior. And, if an old, rich, racist white guy needs a forum for which to defend his brethren, he need look no further than Fox & Friends. The morning show’s comfy couch-sitters Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Elisabeth Hasselbeck will always provide safe haven for white conservatives to say whatever they want, regardless of how offensive or idiotic the statements might seem to the non-wingnut crowd.
In the end, nobody really expects Trump to provide anything substantial in terms of opinion or insight. He is a caricature of himself at this point. Very few people take him seriously anymore. His potential political campaigns are seen as jokes. He is essentially the male equivalent of Sarah Palin now, somebody who is a total joke but doesn’t actually realize it. Yet, Fox still has him on again and again, treating him like he is somebody of great importance who can be engaged in serious discussions. That is Fox News in a nutshell, folks.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).