Thursday, March 07, 2024

Self-Respect



Donald Trump was right, and good for Charles Barkley for taking advantage of it. In the famous and infamous Hollywood Access tape, then-presidential candidate Trump boasted

You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful -- I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait, And when you're a star they let you do it ... You can do anything.

Trump was talking about sexual harassment and assault. Ironically, with that understanding, the NBA Hall of Fame forward, as reported by Mediaite


went off at the beginning of Wednesday’s edition of King Charles on CNN, where he expounded upon remarks he made over the weekend.

Barkley’s co-host Gayle King noted that he made waves on Saturday when he declared, “If I see a Black person walking around with a Trump mugshot, I’m gonna punch him in the face.”

On Wednesday, Barkley cited comments by Trump in a speech to Black conservatives in which the ex-president claimed Black voters like him more since he was indicted four times.

“And then I got indicted a second time and then a third time and a fourth time!” Trump told the crowd. “And a lot of people said that that’s why the Black people like me, because they have been hurt so badly and discriminated against. And they actually viewed me as– I’m being discriminated against. It’s been pretty amazing.”

Barkley blasted Trump and Black people who would wear merch featuring the former president’s mugshot that was taken when he was indicted in Georgia after he tried to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.

Number one, obviously, I’m not gonna go around punching random strangers in the face – first and foremost. Secondly, people can vote for who they want to. People can vote for who they want to.

The point I was trying to make, no, the point I was making, I wasn’t trying to make it – when Donald Trump compares his plight with that of the Black person, that is what I had a problem with.

Now, I do wanna say this. I want to make it perfectly clear… If you’re a Black person and you wearing a Donald Trump mugshot, you are a freaking idiot. And I’m only saying “Freakin’ idiot ’cause they won’t let me say what I really wanna say. But you can figure it out. It starts with an F.

Later, he reiterated his “freakin’ idiot” stance:

BARKLEY: I’ll stick by what I said. If you’re wearing a Trump mugshot around, you are a freakin’ idiot.

KING: But you aren’t gonna go just randomly attacking people in the street. That’s the only point I wanted to make.

BARKLEY: Unless they had Trump sneakers on too


Whether the person is an idiot or lacks self-awareness is open for debate. If blacks want to wear a shirt with a Trump mugshot, it's not going to offend white people. Heck, ever since Richard Nixon's 1968 mantra about a need for "law and order" to eradicate "crime in the streets," many- if not most- whites have associated crime with blacks. Laurel and Hardy, soup and salad, burger and fries, blacks and violent crime- it plays a role in every chapter in every playbook of conservative Republicans.

Charles Barkley can say what others can't because he was a hoops superstar and now is a star on probably the most famous and most popular studio show in all of professional team sports. He can say "I'm gonna punch him in the face" and there are even a few Trump admirers who will give "Sir Charles" a pass because he pledged violence- metaphorically, not literally, but still.

So try a little self-respect, folks, and not celebrate a crooked politician who thinks victims of racial discrimination and criminals are bedfellows. And don't even think about buying those gaudy, ugly murders.



                





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