- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There are just some things Democrats can say that Republicans can’t. One is the dreaded N-word.

Donald Trump was eviscerated by the mainstream media Wednesday for being a racist after Don King introduced him at a rally in Ohio and dropped the N-word.

“A Donald Trump African-American outreach event in Cleveland turned awkward Wednesday when a prominent backer used the N-word,” USA Today reported. “Boxing promoter Don King was discussing the need for African-American entrepreneurship when he said, ‘I told Michael Jackson, I said, ‘if you’re poor, you are a poor negro — I would use the ‘n word’ …’

“King did just that moments later, saying ‘if you are a dancing and sliding and gliding n–— … I mean negro …’ the paper reported.

The press immediately took offense. CNN commentators went ballistic.

“Don King is not funny at all. I see why many fighters walked away from him,” wrote April Ryan, the White House correspondent and Washington Bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks on Twitter about Mr. King’s introduction.

“@realDonaldTrump sits by smiling as supporter Don King uses the N-Word at Ohio church,” Emily Cahn, a political reporter for Roll Call wrote with indignation.

“Don King once killed someone. Today, he was introduced by the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate,” wrote Candace Smith, a political reporter for ABC News.

Funny, I don’t remember the outrage over Mr. King’s 50-year-old crimes when he endorsed Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, but I digress.

“Oh m….that entire Don King speech. He kept saying ‘negro’ repeatedly then accidentally let out an N word,” Sopan Deb, CBS News’ political reporter tweeted.

But the press seemed to treat Larry Wilmore, left-wing comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” a bit differently when he congratulated Mr. Obama at the Washington Correspondents Dinner in May.

“When I was a kid I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback,” Mr. Wilmore said at the dinner. “Now think about that: A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team. And now to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world.

“Words alone do me no justice,” Mr. Wilmore said. “So, Mr. President I’m going to keep it 100: Yo Barry, you did it my n–-. You did it.”

His words were met with affection by the mainstream media, not outrage.

“The Comedy Central host ended his set at the annual ‘nerd prom’ by referring to Obama by the n-word — affectionately,” wrote NBC News.

“I wish white people were as offended by police brutality and mass incarceration as they are by black people using the N-word,” wrote Tyre King, a journalist at Mother Jones.

Online news site Vice contextualized the remarks this way: “That last word seemed to sway uncomfortably over a room mostly filled with white journalists acutely accustomed to staying within the fine lines of political correctness. But it was an important moment in American history, even if it made many people (both black and white) cringe. At its most pure, this was an example of ‘code-switching’ for both Barack Obama and Wilmore, upper-middle-class African American men who, despite their mainstream success, identify with the broader black culture and speak its language.

And the president himself said he wasn’t troubled by the remark. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he had spoken with Mr. Obama about the joke and the president “said that he appreciated the spirit of the sentiments that Mr. Wilmore expressed.”

Forget about black men saying the N-word to black men. Now, apparently, only Democratic black men who support Mr. Obama can say it without criticism.

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