Thursday night, Lawrence O’Donnell called Donald Trump out for his repeated pronouncements of birtherism, essentially accusing him of being a racist.
“Trump’s favourite trick remains fanning the flames of hatred of Muslims. He does this, of course, while saying something along the lines of some of his best friends are Muslims, the mandatory disclaimer racists and other haters have been using for most of Trump’s lifetime.”
O’Donnell’s guest, Huffington Post reporter and MSNBC analyst Alex Wagner, agreed with Karl Rove’s assessment that Trump and the other birthers bring the entire Republican party down.
“I think Karl Rove speaks to the larger GOP concern, which is something we’ve spoken about, which is the people like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump take the GOP further and further to the right. And now you have candidates that, know know, are ostensibly feasible, you know, GOP 2012 presidential nominees like Tim Pawlenty having to address this with Sean Hannity on Fox News last night. This is a controversy that isn’t going away because Donald Trump is keeping it alive.”
Wagner also blasted Trump for his statements on Muslims.
“I think that there is some truth to this being a very disturbing trend and that Donald Trump is fueling really negative conversation around multiracialism and Muslim, the Islam religion. And I think, you know, I love talking about the census figures, Lawrence, but we look at between 2000 and 2010 there were a 50% increase in multiracial youth born in this country. And here’s someone that is purportedly running for president in 2012 and is casting aspersions on the nation’s first biracial President. And I think that that is a disturbing thing.”
O’Donnell: “He is in gutter politics now and doing something very, very ugly.”