John Legend Claims Trump Holds Core Belief in Black Inferiority

Exploring Trump's outreach to Black voters amid controversies

by Zain ul Abedin
John Legend Claims Trump Holds Core Belief in Black Inferiority
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In a revealing conversation with MSNBC's Jen Psaki on Sunday, celebrated singer John Legend leveled serious accusations against former President Donald Trump, describing him as inherently racist. Legend’s comments came during a discussion on the systemic racism and the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd in 2020.

“During the protests against George Floyd’s killing, Trump advocated for military force against us, suggesting we should be shot in the streets,” Legend stated. He reflected on various instances from Trump's past, asserting, “He has shown, throughout his life, a belief that Black people are inferior – a belief he holds fundamentally and profoundly”.

Further intensifying the scrutiny, Legend referenced reports from 2020 where then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark Milley, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, disclosed Trump's extreme suggestions for handling protesters, including shooting them in the legs and cracking their skulls.

Trump has consistently faced accusations of racism, which date back well before his tenure in the White House. His 2016 presidential campaign sparked controversy from the outset with his harsh rhetoric about immigrants and continued with various remarks and actions that many interpreted as racially insensitive.

This year, Trump made an ambiguous comment in South Carolina, suggesting that his criminal indictments made him more relatable to the Black community due to their shared experiences of discrimination.

Trump's Racial Politics

Additionally, Legend brought up past allegations against Trump regarding racial discrimination in his real estate practices, as detailed by the FBI in investigations from decades ago.

“Trump’s belief in a genetic hierarchy of humanity, racially determined, is an ideology he truly subscribes to,” Legend commented. Despite these allegations, Trump has been actively trying to engage Black voters in his campaign for a second term in office.

He recently attended a gala hosted by the Black Conservative Federation and has hinted at possibly selecting a Black vice-presidential candidate. Trump also often touts his administration’s achievements, such as the low unemployment rates among African Americans, support for historically Black colleges and universities, and criminal justice reform.

Nevertheless, Legend dismissed Trump's self-praise, particularly his claims about criminal justice reform, citing instances where Trump advocated for violent measures against petty criminals. “He is, through and through, a racist,” Legend asserted, rejecting any notion of Trump's purported contributions to the Black community.

Legend, who actively supported President Biden in the 2020 elections, confirmed his plans to campaign again, emphasizing the stark choice between the two candidates. In response, a Trump campaign senior advisor cited past controversial statements by Biden, aiming to reflect the accusations back onto him.