The Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on journalist Joy Reid’s MSNBC show and spoke about how the coverage of Donald Trump’s recent indictment on Fox News appears to be racist.
The Harvard graduate said that she was “impressed” with the levels of creativity her conservative counterparts have employed to dogwhistle their racially based biases.
Fox News host Jesse Watters said on the network’s “The Five” show on Aug. 25, “Black Americans online — some of them are saying I’m voting for Trump now because they too have sometimes felt they’ve been unfairly targeted by the criminal justice system.”
While talking to show host Laura Ingraham, Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo said on Aug. 25 that he heard a “Black lady” say the former president is “gangsta” now that he has been arrested. Arroyo used this to validate his claims that the arrest gives Trump “cred among a new bloc of voters.”
The “gangsta” rhetoric spilled over into social media, with off-air talking heads tweeting that his mug shot might become an “iconic symbol” and posting comparisons between Trump and popular deceased rap star Tupac Shakur.