It’s a wrangle about Rangel.
Trump is a friend of the long-time Democrat lawmaker but he’s wondering if a double standard is in play given what happened in the Paula Deen controversy.
As you may recall, Rangel, 83, was censured in 2010 by the House of Representatives for ethics violations.
On Fox and Friends this morning, Trump predicted that there would be no consequences for Rangel for his interview remarks referring to crackers. “… it’s a rough statement… If Charlie, or whoever it was, was a Republican and they made that statement, they’d be resigning from office right now.”
FNC host Steve Doocy then raised the possible double standard issue, considering that Paula Deen’s racially charged comments caused her media empire to immediately crumble. It wasn’t discussed on the show, but Paula Deen reportedly supported Obama for president, so party affiliation was not an issue in her situation.
The southern cooking diva was engulfed in a huge controversy as a result of a lawsuit filed by former employee Lisa Jackson who accused Deen and her brother of sexual harassment and using racial slurs while she worked as manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Ga. The revelations about Deen’s use of the N-word years ago emerged as a result of deposition transcripts in the case.
As far as the double standard generally, Trumped noted that “Nothing will happen to Charlie. I see it all the time. If you’re a Republican and you make a statement like that, it’s over. I mean, you are finished … It’s a very rough double standard.”
As far as Paula Dean is concerned, Trump added “Paula Deen was absolutely crucified, what they did with her. I see everybody dropped her. She has really got some problems. It’s amazing.”
According to Mediaite, “the question of whether the “n-word” and “cracker” carry the same offensive weight has been a hot topic of conversation following the George Zimmerman trial in which it was revealed that Trayvon Martin used both words to describe the defendant.”
Do you think there is a double standard when it comes to the response to certain racially charged statements?