Angry Cokie Asks Trump: Are You 'Proud' of Promoting Schoolkid Racism?

Laugh line of the morning comes from Cokie Roberts' Wikipedia entry: "Some have questioned Roberts' objectivity as a journalist." Some, indeed. On today's Morning Joe, NPR-ite Roberts, her eyes flashing with anger, asked Donald Trump whether he was "proud" of promoting racism among schoolkids: "There have been incidents of children, white children, pointing to their darker skinned classmates and saying 'you'll be deported when Donald Trump is president.' . . . Are you proud of that?" 

Calling it a "very nasty question," Trump replied "I'm not proud of it because I didn't even hear of it. And I don't like it at all when I hear about it." Roberts said that it's been reported in many papers, presumably alluding to articles such as this and thisYou've got to read the transcript and view the video to get the full effect.  Cokie's doing it for . . . the children.

COKIE ROBERTS: Mr. Trump, there've been incidents --

DONALD TRUMP: Hi Cokie.

ROBERTS: [grudgingly] Hi Mr. Trump. There've been incidents of children, of white children, pointing to their darker-skinned classmates and saying "You'll be deported when Donald Trump is president." There have been incidents of white kids at basketball games holding up signs to teams which have hispanic kids on them saying "We're going to build a wall to keep you out." Are you proud of that? Is that something you've done in American political and social discourse that you're proud of? 

TRUMP: Well, I think your question is a very nasty question. And I'm not proud of it because I didn't even hear of it, okay. And certainly don't like it at all when I hear about it. You're the first one that's told me about that. But I would not be proud of that at all.

ROBERTS: It's been reported in many newspapers. 

TRUMP: -- and that's what not the purpose of it. We want to make America great again. We want to bring back our industry, we want to bring back our jobs from China and Japan and by the way Mexico which have taken so many of our jobs, and that's what it's about --

ROBERTS: But, but, but, but isn't it, but when you talk about deporting people and you talk about building a wall and you talke about banning Muslims. 

TRUMP: I talk about deporting people who are here illegally. And I also talk about people coming in. 

ROBERTS: Doesn't that have an effect on children; doesn't that have an effect on their whole discourse? 

TRUMP: I talk about deporting people that are here illegally. They're here illegally. 

ROBERTS: Yeah.

TRUMP: We either have a country, or we don't. I talk about deporting people that are here illegally.

ROBERTS: But what about the affect on children? 

TRUMP: Cokie, I also talk about building a wall and oftentimes I'll say "there's going to be a big beautiful door in that wall and people are going to come into our country because we want people to come in." We want people to come into our country, but we want them to come in legally.
 
ROBERTS: But what about the children, Mr. Trump? What about what the children are hearing from you and how they are responding to it? 

TRUMP: Well I think people are responding very positively.

ROBERTS: Children, I asked!

Mark Finkelstein
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