The co-hosts on "The View" started by trashing Trump over his recent remarks suggesting President Obama wasn't qualified to attend Columbia and Harvard universities.Nice to see "newsman" Schieffer remaining objective about things.
"It's very racist," said Joy Behar Wednesday, noting Obama "wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth" like Trump. "He can't fathom that a black man could be that smart. That's what's behind this."
CBS News' Bob Schieffer echoed the sentiment.
"That's just code for saying he got into law school because he's black," he said Wednesday. "This is an ugly strain of racism that's running through this whole thing."
Fringe extremists have long argued that Obama is ineligible to serve as President because he wasn't born in the U.S. - usually claiming that he was instead born in in his dad's native Kenya.
Many, including Jesse Jackson, liberal talk radio show host Cenk Uygur and Whoopi Goldberg of "The View" say such birtherism is just dog-whistled racism.
"I'm getting tired of trying to find reasons not to think of stuff as being racist," said Goldberg, who has had previous spats with Trump. "Being black, when you say, 'You know, this is racist,' 9,000 people say,, 'Oh, no, you're just playing the race card.' Well, you know what? I'm playing the damn card now."
Not mentioned, naturally, is the fact this birther talk began with Hillary Clinton associates.
That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship.So using their logic, Mrs. Clinton is a fringe, extreme racist. Thanks for clearing that up.
“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth,” asserted one chain email that surfaced on the urban legend site Snopes.com in April 2008.
Also noted at that link is the fact over half of Democrats are 9/11 truthers. So a majority of the Democrats are also obviously "fringe" extremists.
In 2006, an Ohio University/Scripps Howard poll found that slightly more than half of Democrats said they suspected the Bush Administration of complicity in the Sept. 11 attacks.Goldberg and Behar don't seems to have any problem with 9/11 truthers, yet they can read minds and tell people are racist.