On Monday, May 23, Kelly dedicated part of his right-wing news segment to defending the former president amid liberal accusations of racism. “You may have heard him say, ‘I am the least racist person you’ll ever meet,'” Kelly said of Trump. “And it’s true.”
While Kelly claimed many Republican candidates do not “have much in the way of diversity in their background in terms of friends and associates until it’s time for the campaign,” he insisted that's not how it is with the former president.
Kelly added, “For years, many years, he’s had people, friends from all over the place."
As he continued, a slideshow flashed across the screen featuring photos of Trump with prominent African-Americans. Kelly went on to offer commentary for each photo opp saying: "Here he is with Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks receiving a civil rights award. Now, isn’t that amazing? Right? A guy who was with Rosa Parks, they’re gonna say is a racist. Who else has he been with over the years before, way before he was interested in politics? Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton – supporting their causes and they supported him."
"Next," he continued. "Michael Jackson, who, by the way, he still speaks fondly of. And the allegations against Michael Jackson – I believe – are fake."
He added, "And well, is that Snoop Dogg?! Yes, it is Snoop Dogg. And of course, Oprah Winfrey. But everywhere Donald Trump went. 'Do you condemn White supremacy? Do you condemn White nationalism?' The question is insulting. It really is, as if we wouldn’t, as if we don’t. I don’t like the question."
Despite Kelly's arguments, Twitter users made it clear they strongly disagreed. In fact, some also offered insight into Trump's history with Black Americans as they noted that photos do not negate his rhetoric and actions that suggest he is, in fact, racist.
Greg Kelly: Donald Trump is friends with people of all races.
"A guy who was with Rosa Parks - they're going to say he's a racist?"
MORE: https://t.co/oCujkILnsS pic.twitter.com/FLj54XkVab
— Newsmax (@newsmax) May 24, 2022
One Twitter user wrote, "You look pretty uneducated if you totally ignore the deeply racist roots of the United States, and the recent rise of white power movements in the wake of the Trump presidency, and the fact that a single, possible, hate crime by a black person is somehow just as bad as the 1/2."
You look pretty uneducated if you totally ignore the deeply racist roots of the United States, and the recent rise of white power movements in the wake of the Trump presidency, and the fact that a single, possible, hate crime by a black person is somehow just as bad as the 1/2
— Kilian Hekhuis 💉💉💉🦠 (@kilianhekhuis) May 17, 2022
hanging out with famous people who happen to be black or brown does not make you non-racist
— Dennis Hinkamp (@DennisHinkamp) May 24, 2022
Donald Trump loves celebrities. Hates black people in general. Proof is simply all over his family’s history.
— Q (@politicsmasher) May 24, 2022
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