White GOP Georgia lawmaker would have no problem if Trump used racial slur
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last week that she could not guarantee that Trump has never used the slur.
N-word slur, no problem!
That’s the sentiment being expressed by white Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams in response to accusations this week that Donald Trump used the racial epithet during his reign at The Apprentice.
Williams, whose district is based in Cumming, Ga., says it would “set a bad precedent” to fault Trump for what Williams sees as a past mistake that deserves forgiveness.
“I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it’s bad, and should never be accepted in our society – but just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn’t mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it,” Williams told CNN’s Victor Blackwell over the weekend on New Day Saturday.
Williams insisted that Trump, as president, has not used the word although the state senator did acknowledge that it is “always wrong to use” it. Williams’ district includes Forsyth County, Ga., known for a 1912 racial cleansing in which white residents drove out the 1,100 Black people who lived there. In 1987, the late Coretta Scott King, Andrew Young, then-Atlanta mayor, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other activists were challenged by cries of “N—-r go home” and counter demonstrations by Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and others as they marched through Forsyth County to protest its racist legacy. Williams was the first elected official in Georgia to endorse Trump as president, writes The New York Times.
The state senator, who teaches Sunday school, said that when it comes to Trump, Americans must practice forgiveness.
“To hold somebody accountable for something he did years ago as our president today, I think it sets a bad precedent,” Williams told CNN.
The White House has said Manigault Newman’s book and its accompanying accusations are false, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last week that she could not guarantee that Trump has never used the n-word.