Few and far between are the Republicans who are willing to call President Donald Trump out on his racism, but it does tend to get easier for those who don't have to worry about getting elected. Be that as it may, former John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt delivered an impassioned and unvarnished rebuke of Trump's racial divisiveness Tuesday morning.
Appearing on MSNBC, Schmidt expressed contempt for Republicans who stand with Trump, and called Trump out as a “racist” whose speech in Alabama was tantamount to “shouting the n-word”:
"I don't know what else to say as they watch the degradations to our flag, to our system, to the Constitution. Those that won't stand up and fight back, I don't have a word to describe my contempt for them.
I want to be clear about something. I saw a handsome young man on TV, an NFL player, and he got a little bit jammed up when the reporter asked him a question, 'Is he a racist?'
He didn't want to say it. So let me say it. I want to help him out. He's a racist. You look at that speech in Alabama to an all-white crowd, we need to get real about this in this country. The president of the United States goes down there, and he talks about us, and those people. He came proverbially as close as you could possibly come to shouting, at a rally, the 'n-word.' That's what he did down there."
If only there were more Republicans like Steve Schmidt, especially the ones who hold elected office.
Watch Schmidt's full remarks below.