Donald Trump remains in the White House on Tuesday after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to condemn his racism, but the presidency is likely one of the only jobs in America that he would be able to keep after spewing such racist garbage.
As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes pointed out on Tuesday, “The crazy thing is that condemnation from the House would be expected in basically any other workplace in America.”
He added, “If any one of us said to a coworker like in a meeting what the president said about those congresswomen, we would expect repercussions.”
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The crazy thing is that condemnation from the House would be expected in basically any other workplace in America. If any one of us said to a coworker like in a meeting what the president said about those congresswomen, we would expect repercussions. In fact, get this. Here is what the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which polices workplace law and civil rights, here is what they say about immigrants employment rights under federal anti-discrimination laws. I’ll read it: “Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting or ethnic epithets such as making fun of a person’s foreign accent or comments like ‘Go back to where you came from’, whether made by supervisors or coworkers.” That is how crystal clear-cut this issue is.
The presidency has repeatedly protected Trump
While one would think that a president of the United States would be held to a higher standard than the average citizen, the reverse has been true since Donald Trump took office.
Time and again, this president has lowered the bar – from his unprecedented corruption to his dangerous incompetence to his toxic racism. The fact that he occupies the Oval Office has insulated him from any accountability.
In other words, the average citizen would face more serious consequences if they behaved the way this president does on a daily basis.
If Donald Trump wasn’t the president of the United States, he would have likely already faced criminal indictment for the crimes laid out in Robert Mueller’s report.
If he held any other job in America and launched into the same racist tirade he recently directed at four U.S. congresswomen, he would likely be fired.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump happens to hold the only position in America that would tolerate such a fundamentally unstable and dangerous individual.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.