“It’s always with an African-American when he questions intelligence,” said Chuck Todd on Meet the Press today. “That’s what makes a lot of people uncomfortable with what he’s doing.”
Todd was talking to Republican Roy Blunt about how racist republicans are all the time, and his evidence was that Trump said CNN’s Don Lemon and NBA star Lebron James are dumb, as well as referring to Rep. Maxine Waters as “low I.Q.” Todd said that “it’s always with an African-American” when Trump questions intellect.
To repeat again, Todd says that “it’s always with an African-American.”
Unfortunately for Chuck, the New York Times preemptively and inadvertently fact-checked him on this some time ago. Verdict: FALSE.
You see, as Newsbusters pointed out today, the Times has created a huge list of insults Trump has tweeted. It was published in January of 2016 and has been constantly updated since then.
It’s weirdly comprehensive, and in the list of hundreds of insults, he calls into question the intelligence of a lot of people. Men, women, white, black… Trump bashes them all.
He called Hillary Clinton “very stupid”, “very dumb”, “totally confused”, and questioned her “brainpower” and “judgment’ over and over, for example.
About James Comey, he said “he is not smart”, called him “stupid”, and “very dumb”. Jeb Bush is “stupid”, “clueless”, and “not competent” according to Trump. Of Bloomberg’s Tim O’Brien, a “dumb guy with no clue”, a “really stupid talking head” and “dopey.” White men all, by the way.
Here are some more from Newsbusters:
The President had called Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski “dumb as a rock” and “crazy and very dumb”. He had also labeled Katy Tur, who fills in for Todd on Mondays’ MTP Daily, as “incompetent”. And his attacks on the intelligence of individual journalists and news outlets were numerous.
The president had even leveled insults of intelligence against a series of white U.S. Senators. He suggested Tennessee Republican Bob Corker was “incompetent” and “doesn’t have a clue”. “Dumb mouthpiece”, was what he had to say about South Carolina Republican Linsey Graham. He also slammed Governor Mitt Romney, who’s now running to be a Senator from Utah, “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics”.
He also called Brzezinski “low I.Q.” for the record.
NBC’s Chuck Todd is echoing something that you see people say on Twitter and MSNBC (same thing) every single day. They say that the only time Trump brings up how smart someone is, it’s when he’s talking about someone who is black. But that is just not the case.
You might say that’s “Fake news”.