Actor Anthony Mackie Faces Racist Online Attack For Endorsing Trump: Apparently Democrats Think African Americans Should Not Be Able To Make Their Own Political Choices

When movie star Anthony Mackie endorsed leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last week, he probably did not realize he would set off a firestorm on social media. Indeed, the question of who the We Are Marshall and Captain America actor supported in the upcoming 2016 election only came up when a BET reporter interviewing the actor asked him, given what he has learned about politics from working on his new politically-charged film Our Brand Is Crisis, whether he would rather run Trump’s campaign or Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s. Seriously considering the question, Mackie answered, “I would 100 percent want to run Trump’s campaign. 100 percent.” Noting Trump’s populist appeal, the star continued, “…he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And I think if you’re a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ candidate, people would identify with that.” When pressed if these remarks constituted an official endorsement of Trump, Mackie replied affirmatively, happily stating, “I’m on the bandwagon.”

Regardless of whether one supports Trump or not, it seems reasonable to say that Mackie did not say anything particularly incendiary in the interview. However, if one were to see some of the subsequent reactions on Twitter from liberals, you would think that he had endorsed David Duke for the presidency. One user tweeted, “already knew anthony mackie was an uncle tom but this is too much!!!!”, invidiously insinuating that Mackie endorsed Trump out of deep-seated self-loathing for his own African-American heritage. Another person, demonstrating the progressive penchant for supporting diversity in everything aside from opinions, concluded, “So Anthony Mackie is a r*tard.” Uncle Tom, r*tard. With liberals like this, who needs bigots?

But the most ill-considered comment of all came from New York Magazine Staff Editor Ira Madison. Apparently outraged that an African-American could even consider voting for someone without that magic “D” following their name, Madison wrote, “Anthony Mackie always looks like he’d love to get called a n*gger in a Quentin Tarantino movie.” One can only shudder to think how Democrats would have reacted if an editor for, say, The Wall Street Journal said the n-word to disparage a black man for supporting somebody they didn’t approve of.

As said before, people can have honest disagreements about Donald Trump or any candidate. If you believe a particular candidate’s ideas are inadequate, insufficient, or even outright bad, you have every right to make your case to those who support said candidate. But if you throw slurs and make crude speculations about people’s relationship with their heritage when they disagree with you, you not only make yourself look bad, you also make your ideas look bad. One can only hope the angry liberals who attacked Anthony Mackie come to realize this.

 

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