Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley says he's not surprised that it took President Donald Trump two days to condemn white supremacists, stating that the president comes from a racist family (video below).
Hughley was interviewed by TMZ on Aug. 14. Asked why Trump hesitated before condemning racism following the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Hughley said simply: "Because he's a racist."
"In the '70s he was sued by the federal government under a public administration for discriminating against black people," Hughley said. " ... His whole campaign against Barack Obama as a birther was on the premise that he didn't belong here."
"To me, he was more vocal about [NFL quarterback] Colin Kaepernick's silent protest than he was about neo-Nazis. That tells you everything you need to know."
Hughley also brought the president's father, Fred Trump, into the discussion: "Donald Trump's father, in 1927, was arrested at a KKK rally," Hughley said. "So to him Charlottesville isn't appalling -- it's familiar."
The Independent reports that the incident took place on Memorial Day, when the Italian fascist movement and KKK were violently confronted by anti-fascists in the Bronx. At the same time, around 1,000 KKK members held a demonstration in Queens, resulting in a brawl and the arrest of seven people. Fred Trump was reportedly among those taken into custody.
The president has emphatically denied that his father was involved in the rally, dismissing the story as "ridiculous."
"He was never arrested. He has nothing to do with this. This never happened. This is nonsense and it never happened," then-candidate Trump told Daily Mail in 2016. "This never happened. Never took place. He was never arrested, never convicted, never even charged. It's a completely false, ridiculous story. He was never there. It never happened. Never took place."
In the TMZ interview, Hughley went on to say that he is more concerned about the people who voted Trump into office than he is about Trump himself: "The question is not what Donald Trump is," he said. "It's what people who call themselves decent people are. They knew all of this [about Trump's past] and they accepted him anyway."
"America has to decide what it is," he continued. "This is my father's America. If Martin Luther King [Jr.] came back it would look exactly like he left it. I'm not saying we haven’t made great strides but I am saying this: if you elect a president who you knew was capable of this … you're complicit. We know Donald Trump is a racist, the question is what are you?"
After remarks on Aug. 12 that were criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike for being too tepid, Trump explicitly rebuked white supremacists in a statement delivered from the White House on Aug. 14.
"Racism is evil," he said, according to NPR. "And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution."