PBS NewsHour

Trump's racist tweets and the 'politics of distraction'

Clip: 07/17/2019 | 10m 26s

President Trump’s attacks on women of color in the House have launched fierce debate about whether his meaning was racist. There is no doubt, though, that his words echo threats and insults that have been lobbed against perceived outsiders in America for generations. To explore the painful history, William Brangham talks to the University of Minnesota’s Erika Lee and UC-Berkeley’s Ian Haney Lopez.

Aired: 07/17/19

Rating: NR

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