This morning’s White House press briefing seemed to be all about race — in particular how pissed off President Donald Trump was that Jemele Hill (a black woman) had the audacity to call him out as a racist on Twitter. Hill is an ESPN anchor and she was quite vocal the other day. Needless to say, Trump was quite peeved and the gist of this morning’s press briefing was that the White House feels Hill ought to be fired. Of course they do.
Sensitivity training has obviously never been on Trump’s calendar. Since this is his first real job, it is probably about time he began to develop the realization that, despite his inner wishes, black people aren’t going away anytime soon. Who can forget that time Trump was at a campaign and he called out for seemingly the only black person in the audience?
‘Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest?’
A quick lesson in race relations seems to be in order. Enter Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), who is currently the only black Republican in the Senate. Scott met with Trump this morning to discuss the callous remarks made by Trump after Charlottesville. Specifically:
‘”I think there’s blame on both sides,” Trump told reporters during a news conference at Trump Tower last month. “You look at both sides — I think there’s blame on both sides and I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either.”‘
From Occupy Democrats:
‘Trump refused to openly condemn the white supremacists during a rambling, off-the-walls press conference after the incident. In response, Sen. Scott condemned the president, saying that “what we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised… There’s no question about that.”’
For Trump, the meeting appeared to be a perfect time for some press photos and a full press release:
The White House press staff decided that Trump meeting with an African American was extraordinary enough to merit a press release
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) September 13, 2017
Regardless of how Trump was treating the meeting, Sen. Scott was trying earnestly to help Trump understand the nature of the matter and to impart some wisdom for the president in dealing with future issues:
Looks like today President Trump was trying to explain his Charlottesville comments & Tim Scott gave him a history lesson during meeting. pic.twitter.com/v8FpBMKgAb
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 13, 2017
Scott made a statement during a “Face the Nation“ segment in August after Charlottesville:
‘If the president wants to have a better understanding and appreciation for what he should do next, he needs to hear something from folks who have gone through this painful history. Without that personal connection to the painful past, it will be hard for him to regain that moral authority, from my perspective.’
This was Trump’s effort to gain perspective. While all well and good, only time will tell if the lesson will be learned. Trump’s continued association with known White Supremacists will hinder any forward motion he made today in working toward better race relations in Washington.
Featured image from WhiteHouse.gov.