After Donald Trump was forced to cancel his rally in Chicago on Friday night, many blamed the contentious scene directly on the Republican frontrunner’s rhetoric, which has been less than kind to protesters. While Trump’s supporters have violently shoved and even punched peaceful protesters, the GOP candidate claims he’s done nothing wrong. And of course, Stacey Dash agrees.
Over on her Patheos blog, the actress turned Fox News commentator argued Trump isn’t violent, but he’s “street.” What makes Trump, a man who grew up wealthy “street” according to Dash? He’s from Queens.
There’s a lot of talk about Donald Trump being violent, condoning it, or at least inciting it.
But this is a total misread of our next President. First of all, he’s not responsible for what every random guy does—out of thousands. (And by the way, I don’t condone the violence that has happened so far.)
Second of all, he’s not violent, he’s just “street.” He was born in Queens. Of course, that doesn’t mean he was hustling on the street, dodging bullets. I know he had a privileged upbringing that no doubt isolated him from much of the violence and strife that some people grew up with in the city.
Dash defends Trump’s ridiculous actions by explaining that both she and the real estate magnate are from New York City where “rude people are not tolerated.”
“There is something about growing up in New York, a certain toughness instilled, a certain level of ‘street’ that can’t be ignored,” Dash explains. “At least, that’s how it worked out with Trump.”
While Dash is praising Trump for his street cred, I can’t help but wonder how she–or Trump’s racially insensitive supporters–would feel if President Obama was the one hurling insults and calling for violence.
Somehow, I think “street” would quickly be replaced by “thug” and everyone from the Clueless star to members of Congress would be falling over themselves to denounce his actions. But since Trump is rich and white…he can be “street” without all of the ugly baggage that typically comes with the word.