WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart: As An African-American, I Feel A Sense Of Menace In This Country

WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart: As An African-American, I Feel A Sense Of Menace In This Country

The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart issued a stark warning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday. Speaking about the political atmosphere in the United States in the aftermath of mass shootings and ICE raids, Capehart had a chilling message.

“And you know, I think it was Adam Sewer, who made the point, that the cruelty is, the cruelty is the point here,” Capehart said.

“The idea, to Elise [Jordan]’s point, that they would use 600 ICE agents, arrest more than 600 people, and have no plan for the children who are left behind on the first day of school, is … there are no words for it. It’s cruel. It’s inhumane. It’s not who I thought we were as a country.”

“I mean, Willie [Geist], we’ve been talking about this stuff now, as you said, for four years and some months, and there is a sense, and I’ve said this before, just as an African-American, I feel a sense of menace in this country that has been growing since June 16, 2015, when he [Trump] came down that escalator, and made the first telegraphed message that, quote, Mexicans are rapists.”

“I mean, I’ve lost all words of reaction to what this President is doing to this country, to people. Elise is right. The Latino community literally had a target on its back, and the President can’t, for a minute, put aside his petty grievances and grow a thick enough skin to think about other people.”

“This country is walking a tight rope right now. And I don’t know if we as a nation can handle one more mass shooting, can handle one more white supremacist-inspired domestic terrorist attack.”

“This is the time when we need a president, no matter Republican or Democrat, which is the other great thing about Vice President Biden’s speech yesterday, is that he made a point of making it clear that the American idea is not a Democratic idea or a Republican idea, both Republican and Democratic presidents have upheld the principals of this country and that’s what we need right now from the Oval Office and we don’t have it.

“And as much as we can have Vice President Joe Biden out there, Senator Cory Booker out there, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke out there, Senator Kamala Harris out, there all of these other elected officials trying to fill the void, it is not enough to fill the void that is left when the President of the United States is the one who is fanning the flames.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.