Samantha Bee: Hey, Trump, Your Conservative White Voters Don't Actually Want a Race War
This week marks the Democratic National Covention in Philadelphia, and America seems more divided than ever; but there's hope on the horizon from a surprising source. Last week at the RNC, Trump's demogogic speech may have overshadowed those we're likely to dismiss quicker—his supporters.
As "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee points out, the racism and xenophobia of the party hijacked by Trump has been simmering for a long time.
"Donald Trump didn't bring the racist potato salad to the GOP's church picnic. I mean, he did, but they were like, 'Oh man, we already have so much potato salad—have you tried Steve's? It's extra bland," Bee jokes.
That Steve is Rep. Steve King (IA), who told MSNBC on July 18, "This 'old white people' business, though, does get a little tired," and encouraged the hosts to "go back to your history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you're talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?"
"Again, that man has been elected seven times and counting!" exclaims Bee. "That is white people's contribution to civilization."
But even GOP delegates don't necessarily believe racial divisiveness is coming from Trump, King or those who "cheered the acquittal of the officer involved in Freddie Gray's death." As the "Full Frontal" team investigates, it seems like there's a lack of understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement.
That good news mentioned earlier? For most of those the Bee team spoke with at the RNC, they expressed an interest in learning more about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Being "faced with an actual black person, forcing them to think critically about what they were about to say," as Bee puts it, didn't hurt either.
"I support the police 100 percent, but when people have real grievances, I also support that, getting to the root of the matter," one Trump delegate said. "Yes, of course black lives matter. But am I a supporter of that movement? I don't know enough about it."