Activism in President Donald Trump’s administration so far has seemed so intense and rampant that, for many Americans, it feels reminiscent of the 1960s civil-rights movement.
For PJ Morton, an independent R&B artist and the keyboardist for Maroon 5, Trump’s controversial comments on race and racism in America gave him the feeling of a new sense of urgency.
“I think this is the first time we’ve had a president and even a candidate to, you know, call Mexicans rapists, to say the judge wasn’t able to properly do his job because he’s Mexican, asking black people what do they have to lose … who would have ever thought it would make Bush not be so bad? We’d take President (George W.) Bush in a minute right now,” Morton told CNN’s #GetPolitical series.
“As crazy as things seemed to be, (Bush) was still a level-headed person who seemed to care and if he didn’t care and if he had a racist bone in his body or something like that, it wasn’t OK to show that. He wasn’t overt,” Morton added.
When Trump doubled down on blaming the violence at the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on “both sides” last month, Morton did not join the chorus of Americans who urged Trump to take it back. Instead, he said he was dumbfounded by the President’s defiance and basked in what he sees as Trump’s true self.
“I think (Trump) shows us who he is over and over and we should believe that … That was him,” the New Orleans native told CNN’s #GetPolitical series. “That was non-reading-teleprompter Trump and that’s our guy. That’s him and I think that we…
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