I’m sure by now you have heard about the racist comments said by Donald Trump this week about the Indiana judge who is presiding over his Trump University case.
When asked about Trump’s comments by Chris Berg, host of the 630 POV show on KX 4 on June 6th, Cramer had a chance to call out Trump and distance himself from them, but he chose not to do so.
In fact, when directly asked if he defined Donald Trump as a racist, Cramer said, “I wouldn’t define him as a racist.”
Cramer went on to say “I think his comments, in the context of a business guy being sued, and a judge that he might want to manipulate, intimidate, or otherwise influence, maybe makes perfect sense.”
So, it makes perfect sense to Kevin Cramer that Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for President would make racist comments about a federal judge in order to manipulate, intimidate, or influence him?
Cramer also said about Trump’s comments, “I think that’s the part about him that’s attractive to a lot of people.”
To be fair, Cramer did state “I completely disagree with his statement about the judge, obviously his ethnic background has nothing to do with his ability to be objective, in my view” but Cramer brushed the comments aside further by saying “It’s evidence of the conflict of a private sector guy running for political office.”
I am a private sector guy running for political office myself. I wonder if Kevin would give me such a pass for making derogatory statements?
Lastly, when asked about Trump’s reference to a rally attendee as “my African American guy”, Cramer again refused to label Trump as a racist and said “when he refers to his African American guy, whether he’s talking about a staff person, a volunteer that’s sort of his liaison, I think to many Americans that sounds like a description of somebody. I think to the politically correct, very sensitive, looking for something sensational media, that sounds like a racist comment. That said, I wish he was more delicate in his terminology, as most of us would be, but I also understand that there is an appeal part of that.”
There is nothing appealing to me about any of this. I believe Trump’s comments to be racist, I condemn them, and I call on Kevin Cramer to do the same, as did Speaker of the House Paul Ryan by calling them “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
Voters in North Dakota can easily see through this charade. Kevin is obviously doing whatever it takes to position himself in line for a cabinet position in the Trump administration. This speaks volumes to his character. Voters can also see through his voting record that Mr. Cramer has consistently put his allegiance to the Republican party establishment over the people of North Dakota. I believe voters finally understand the meaningful change offered by myself and other Libertarian candidates for office will result in record voter turnout and record votes for LP candidates, which offer the only solution to the broken two party system.
Jack Seaman is a Libertarian candidate for U.S. House.