Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 6:23:47 pm
Can we just dispense with rationalizations and tip-toeing around?
When someone like Sean Hannity tells the first black President of the United States he'd like to see him go back to Africa, that, folks, is racism. Pure and simple.
Sure, he tried to cover himself against this accusation by surrounding his "go back to Africa" air horn with mentions of Canada and Indonesia. Almost as if he knew he'd be inviting accusations of racism by saying something like this.
But trust me -- Donald Trump's followers and the Fox News audience knew exactly what he was saying here.
SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I have an offer for the president. I will charter a plane for you and your family. I will make sure it's as big a plane as Air Force One, what you have grownaccustom to, in other words. Taxpayer-funded plane. I don’t know where I’m going to get it. Maybe I'll ask Trump if I can charter his plane for Obama. I will charter Donald Trump's plane if he'll let me, and I will charter it to the country of your choice. You want to go to Canada? I'll pay for you to go to Canada. You want to go to Kenya? I'll pay for you to go to Kenya. Jakarta, where you went to school back in the day, you can go back there. Anywhere you want to go. I'll put the finest food, caviar, champagne, you name it. I have one stipulation, you can't come back.
(h/t: Media Matters.)