Michael Steele Isn’t Having It

“Kiss my ass. I haven’t changed, baby. You have.”

August 28, 2020

Night after night, the Republican National Convention invited Black speakers to the stage to testify that President Donald Trump is not a bigot. “It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people call Donald,” said the former NFL player Herschel Walker, who once worked for a team owned by Trump. “The worst one is ‘racist.’ I take it as a personal insult that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist.” These speakers framed their support for Trump as the product of independent thinking. “As you can see, I’m a man of color,” said Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones, who was condemned by his state’s Democratic Party this spring when he announced that he would be backing the president. “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave their mental plantation.”