(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) called President Donald Trump racist for calling former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” in a tweet reacting to her writing a tell-all book about her time in the White House.
“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” Trump tweeted about Manigault Newman’s book "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House.”
On CNN’s “New Day with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman,” Berman asked Wilson was asked for a reaction to Trump’s tweet.
“A dog? How dare he. He has taken this country to its knees. We already have racism raining down all over America,” Wilson said. She went on to describe incidents of racism in society and blamed Trump for it.
“People can’t even enjoy themselves. They can’t even enjoy an evening out, and I remember specifically telling the boys in the 5,000 role models of Excellence Project, be very careful, because when they walk to a corner, someone locks the door. People hold onto their purse. If they get on an elevator, people get off.
“These are boys of color, and now you have to say it to everyone, because everyone is a target. We’re finding that college students they’re calling the police, because they went to sleep in the dorm. A little girl was selling water on the side of the street, and they called the police, and the president of the United States is calling a woman of color a dog? How dare he. How dare he call anyone a dog.
“He has a nickname for everyone, and his nickname is Don in the first grade reader. That’s his nickname, and we have to stop him, and the only way we can stop him and stop all of these foolishness and all of this hate and all of this racism that’s raining down on America is we’ve got to send a blue wave through this country in the midterms, and then we’ve got to send a blue wave in November, and we’ll shut down all of this racism.
“LeBron James said it correctly when he said racism has always existed, but President Trump has emboldened the racists to come forward without fear, a fear of punitive actions, and we have got to stop this, because I could be next."
Berman pointed out that Trump called Wilson “wacky” in a tweet more than a year ago, “which is similar language to what he has used with Omarosa Manigault-Newman over the last couple of days.”
“He called her wacky as well,” Berman said. “Do you see a racial tinge to those comments like you clearly see something racial with the dog statement?”
“I said it a year ago almost that Mr. Trump is a white supremacist. He has surrounded himself with white supremacists, and everything that comes out of that White House is racist, so what he says is racist. The people around him, what they think, what they say, how they act, is all racist, and we’ve got to stop this, and I don’t expect anything more from him, but to call Omarosa a dog, that’s his trusted adviser. How dare he?” Wilson said.
Berman asked if Wilson thinks everyone who works at the White House is racist.
“Not everyone who works in the White House, but in order to work there, you have to have some sort of value system, and it has to align itself with racism. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to exist in the White House. It is that thick. It is that clear,” Wilson said. She then went on to describe an unnamed woman who had the police called on her when she tried to cash a check for $140 at the bank, but Berman pointed out that that example was more of a societal issue.
“I know a woman who went to cash a check for $140, and the bank called the police to say that she had stolen it. She had to actually show her driver’s license, her voter registration, everything she had---“ Wilson said, before Berman interrupted her.
“You’re talking about something societal and problems that exist around the country, but again, you’ve made a charge that the president of the United States is a white supremacist. What distinguishes him in your mind from the people who marched in Washington the other day in this alt-right, neo-Nazi rally? Do you honestly see them in the same light?” Berman asked.
“You can’t help but see him in the same light. He’s not only exhibiting the same kinds of characteristics, but he praises them, and he gives them the power, and he emboldens them to mimic what he does and what he tweets out every day. Omarosa is still a black woman. He has no right to call her a dog. I’m a black woman. He has no right to call me wacky. That’s wrong. He is the president of the United States of America,” Wilson said.
“I agree that he’s the president of the United States of America. I think you can make a compelling case that no president of the United States should call anybody a dog under any circumstances. Does it matter, and I’m hesitant to dissect this on a word-by-word basis, but does it matter in your mind that he’s also called white people and men dogs in the past?” Berman asked.
“You should not call anyone dogs, but overwhelmingly in my knowledge, in my experiences, it has always been African-American people that he’s called out of their names, names to embarrass them and to smear them. That has been my experience,” Wilson said.
When Berman tried to point out that Trump has called “a list of people” dogs, Wilson said it was “all on one side.”
“I’m not sure in this case it matters. I mean using the word dog as we can say, we can argue it simply isn’t presidential, and I think you can make a compelling case that when you use it toward an African-American woman, it does mean something different than in other cases, but just to state the case, he has said it about men and white men in the past as well,” Berman concluded.