I watched the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and was frankly stunned. I’ll confess that I’m biased by my support for Hillary and my certainty that a Trump presidency would be the worst imaginable thing for the country, so I did have a hoped for outcome. Having had almost all of my wishes fulfilled during the debate. I was at a loss for what to say as there was so much.
I’ll leave it to others to describe Trump’s temperament, his lack of stamina as the night went on. His lack of understanding of international treaties and relationships. His defense of calling a woman “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” His justification of attacking Rosie O’Donnell and offering up Sean Hannity as proof of a long-standing position, offset by public radio interviews. I choose to focus on a smaller statement. “It’s just one of those things.”
Secretary Clinton brought up his record of having been sued by the Justice Department in 1973 for discriminating against blacks in housing, refusing to rent to blacks in some of their developments. She didn’t even mention that his managers marked the application forms with the letter “C” for colored to ensure their rejection. Trump’s response was as follows:
“Now, as far as the lawsuit, yes, when I was very young, I went into my father’s company, had a real estate company in Brooklyn and Queens, and we, along with many, many other companies throughout the country — it was a federal lawsuit — were sued. We settled the suit with zero — with no admission of guilt. It was very easy to do.”
He also said:
“But, frankly, I look — I look at that, and I say, isn’t that amazing? Because I settled that lawsuit with no admission of guilt, but that was a lawsuit brought against many real estate firms, and it’s just one of those things.”
Discriminating against black people was just one of those things to Donald Trump. Even after being sued by the Justice Department, he continued his racist policies and was sued a second time three years later where he settled a second time. He took great pride in proclaiming he never admitted any guilt. Donald never has.
It struck me as odd that he mentioned in his defense that he was very young and “went into his father’s company,” suggesting he as President of the company he was following his father’s existing racist policy. It’s worth noting that Fred Trump was arrested in 1927 during a violent confrontation between the police and the KKK. Fred Trump was not a member of the police department. I wonder if one day Donald Trump, Jr will defend his racist tweets as something he picked up from his father?
There was so much to say about the performance of Donald Trump during the debate. It would be easy to miss something this because of all the other things he said or did. His history of racism including housing discrimination, a full page ad requesting the death penalty for the “Central Park Five” who turned out to be innocent. His comments about not wanting black people counting his money. His Birtherism. His newfound affinity for “The Blacks” that he expresses mostly before crowds of white people. No Donald, it’s not “just one of those things.” That would only be the case if the people you discriminated against didn’t matter. You will discover on election day that black lives definitely do.