- President Donald Trump instructed the journalist Bob Woodward in an interview on June 19 that he felt no duty to raised perceive the ache of many Black People.
- “You actually drank the Kool-Support, did not you? Simply hearken to you,” Trump instructed Woodward when requested about race relations within the US.
- Trump made the remarks in a collection of interviews that Woodward detailed in his new e book, “Rage.”
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In an interview with the famend journalist Bob Woodward on June 19, President Donald Trump shrugged off any duty to raised perceive how Black People really feel.
Woodward advised within the interview — which The Washington Post and CNN revealed audio clips of on Wednesday — that individuals like him and Trump who embody white privilege ought to work to grasp Black folks’s ache and anger.
“We share one factor in frequent: We’re white, privileged,” Woodward instructed Trump. “My father was a lawyer and a choose in Illinois, and we all know what your dad did.
“Do you’ve gotten any sense that that privilege has remoted and put you in a cave, to a sure extent, because it put me and I believe numerous white, privileged folks in a cave? And that now we have to work our method out of it to grasp the anger and the ache significantly Black folks really feel on this nation?”
Trump appeared to mock Woodward and flatly disregarded the sentiment.
“No. You actually drank the Kool-Support, did not you? Simply hearken to you,” he responded. “Wow. No, I do not really feel that in any respect.”
Trump made the remarks in a series of interviews over the previous a number of months for Woodward’s new e book, “Rage,” set to be launched on Tuesday. Woodward has written greater than a dozen books on American politics and is greatest recognized for his investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal.
Within the June interview, Woodward identified the extreme inequities Black folks face attributable to many years of discrimination and racism. Trump didn’t have interaction in that dialogue and as a substitute touted his financial numbers and recited his notorious line that he has finished extra for Black People than another president besides Abraham Lincoln, The Submit reported.
The feedback align with Trump’s obvious disconnect to the racial reckoning within the nation and the Black Lives Matter protests which have unfolded in cities since George Floyd’s dying in police custody in late Might. The president has repeatedly refused to acknowledge that Black persons are systemically discriminated in opposition to and are disproportionately killed by the police.