On Monday morning’s episode of “Fox & Friends,” Trump said that Rangel has mostly gotten away with his statements while Deen was “crucified” for hers. Rangel’s recent rant against tea party “crackers” bought him the comparison.
Trump said he was “surprised” that a “nice guy” like Rangel would make comments like the ones he did in the first place, and noted, “If Charlie or whoever it was was a Republican and they made that statement, they’d be resigning from office right now.”
Although host Steve Doocy was the first to push the “double standard” narrative about Rangel and Deen, Trump jumped right on the bandwagon saying, “Nothing will happen to Charlie. I see it all the time. If you’re a Republican and you make a statement like that, it’s over. I mean, you are finished… It’s a very rough double standard.”
“Paula Deen was absolutely crucified, what they did with her,” Trump added. “I don’t know what even happened to her. I see everybody dropped her. She has really got some problems. It’s amazing.” When Tucker Carlson jumped in, demanding President Obama “take a stand” against Rangel, Trump said that was unlikely. “Obama is going to take a pass,” he said. “They’re all going to take a pass. And that’s the way the country is right now.”
The question of whether the “n-word” and “cracker” carry the same offensive weight has been a hot topic of conversation following the George Zimmerman trial in which it was revealed that Trayvon Martin used both words to describe the defendant. A CNN panel led by Don Lemon ultimately concluded that the word the network could not spell out on screen was probably worse.