Donald Trump Can “Relate” to Black People Because He’s a Victim Too

“Well, I have been saying even against me the system is rigged.”


Donald Trump may have described the Black Lives Matter movement as “divisive” and suggested demonstrators might deserve to “get roughed up,” but he wants African Americans to know that he can relate to their struggle. After all, the system has been unfair to him too.

“Well, I have been saying even against me, the system is rigged—we have to fight,” Trump said when asked by Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday about what he would do to heal the country amid heightened racial tensions. “We have to fight.”

“No, what I’m saying is that they’re not necessarily wrong,” Trump responded when O’Reilly commented that his remarks about fighting weren’t uplifting. “I can really relate it really very much to myself.

The real estate magnate has been railing against the Republican nominating process ever since it briefly appeared as if Sen. Ted Cruz could secure more delegate support despite Trump winning more of the popular vote. Of course, that never transpired and Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

Trump’s mind-boggling analogy and clumsy attempt to pander to African Americans comes amid his disastrous polling numbers from minority groups and young people who believe he is a racist.

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