It was like déjà vu all over again…

There was Donald Trump, reality show carnival barker, failed presidential candidate and delusional provocateur spewing his venom early in the morning on NBC’s “Today,” show earlier this week.

“I want a great candidate, a candidate who is going to beat President Obama,” Trump yelped. “It’s very important, it’s vital for this country. If we don’t get that candidate we are in big, big trouble, because the country is in big, big trouble. It’s being led down the drain,” he added while Matt Lauer grinned feebly, offering little resistance to Trump’s tripe.

Just eight months earlier Trump steamrolled then Today host Meredith Vieira as he foamed at the mouth and howled about President Obama’s birth certificate and his college grades.

Trump’s birther circus was up and running for a couple of weeks in April before he was unceremoniously bum rushed by President Obama himself.

In the course of about 10 days, Obama produced and published his long-form birth certificate, announced the death of Osama bin Laden and publically pimp-slapped Trump at the National Correspondent’s Dinner in Washington, D.C. Trump, who attended the event sat there stone-faced as the president mercilessly lampooned the presidential pretender and dismissed him like an insolent child sitting in the corner with a dunce cap on his head.

But this week, there was Trump again with his ridiculous orange hair and face, snarling into a megaphone gleefully supplied by NBC.

However, this time he didn’t stop at trash talking the president; this time he decided to co-sign for the GOP’s current bum of the month Newt Gingrich. Lauer asked Trump to respond to Gingrich’s latest episode of Newt being Newt.

“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habit of working and have nobody around them who works,” Gingrich said last week.

“So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday, they have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of, `I do this, and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal,” he added.

After more than three decades on the American political scene, observers of the nation’s longest running, rambling political train wreck that is Newton Leroy Gingrich should not be surprised by any thought – no matter how asinine – that comes tumbling from his bulbous gray head.

But, in less than a year Trump remarkably has captured the title as the nation’s grandest political buffoon (despite vigorous challenges from Herman Cain and Rick Perry) and he seems determined to defend his belt with great zeal.

“It maybe wasn’t politically correct, but it happens to be the truth,” Trump said. “In terms of what Newt said, that’s the way it is. He is really talking about the inner city…where Obama has done nothing…No, they don’t have in many cases a role model and it’s very sad. I know it’s not a popular statement, but it happens to be true,” Trump added.

Of course Gingrich and Trump’s assertions are patently false and inherently racist.

My dad was born a poor kid at the end of the Great Depression. He watched his mother, my grandmother work two and three jobs at a time and his father, my grandfather do the same. He grew up and got a job at the post office and he pretty much didn’t miss a day of work for about 20 years.

When I was a little boy I would wake up early in the morning and press my ear to the heating vent in my bedroom and listen to my Pops get ready for work. I remember the feeling I had listening to him preparing for another day on the grind, and that feeling was pride. I carry the example of my dad’s work ethic with me to this day.
Years ago, when I was a radio show producer I had to be up at about 4:30 a.m. to be out on the bus stop by 5:15 a.m. and those bus stops were literally filled with Black people, going to work, every day.

It is clear, poor, Black people built America.

And it is also clear Donald Trump is a fool and a liar.


Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor