A math professor at State University of New York (SUNY) Tony Macula said in an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that Trump is the “embodiment of white supremacy.” His comments stem from an email he wrote to colleagues a couple weeks after the election, chastising them for voting for Trump.
In his letter dated November 21, he wrote, in part:
…So, you voted for a candidate who embodies the white power movement and was enthusiastically endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-nazis, and other white supremacy groups. I think it [sic] perfectly reasonable to ask you the following questions:
- Do you believe in white power and the supremacy [of] the white race?
- Do you believe that a multiethnic and multicultural democracy [can] succeed?
‘Yes’ or ‘no.’ I will respond accordingly.
As Macula pointed out with Tucker Carlson, this was the end of his letter. His letter was about how “civically irresponsible” it was for some of his colleagues – the recipients of his letter – to have voted for Trump.
How was it “civically irresonsible?” From Professor Macula’s point of view, Trump did not “embody the values of the preamble of the Constitution.”
On the part about how white supremacy groups openly supported Trump, Tucker Carlson asked why Trump should be responsible for the actions and words of other groups – groups which Trump has disavowed.
As Carlson pointed out, this is what we used to call “McCarthyism.”
“If Kim Jong-un came out and endorsed you,” Carlson said to the professor, “You wouldn’t be responsible for his regime, would you?”
“If some campus shooter took your class, you wouldn’t be responsible for the murders. That’s an unfair standard, isn’t it? Shouldn’t we judge people by what they say?” Carlson asked. “He’s had a year talking in public. Did he say anything to endorse white power, or didn’t he?”
The professor responded that Trump mostly certainly endorsed white power by saying he was going to deport a bunch of people and build a wall. It was that policy stance of Trump’s that “emboldened” the white power movement. Watch the interview here:
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