NBC talk-show host Lawrence O'Donnell is on point with his challenge to his own network to force Donald Trump to tell the American public now if he plans to run for president and stop postponing the announcement. O'Donnell makes an excellent case that Trump, by not officially filing for candidacy, is either lying about running for president and using this political flirtation as a publicity stunt, or he is dodging invocation of media laws that require television networks to give presidential candidates equal time.
By now we know that Donald believes that he is some kind of god, that he is "huge!" O'Donnell tells us how he got that way, laying our Trump afflictions at his bosses' feet. "NBC has created a monster," he says.
I thought the same thing, that NBC has created a monster and that the Donald is dodging media laws, when I saw a clip of Trump in a very awkward moment on an episode of his NBC show Celebrity Apprentice . He asked Celebrity Apprentice contestants if they would vote for him if he ran for president, and after they mumbled replies, he told them that they'd be stupid to disagree with his being an awesome candidate. Perhaps he will think the American public is equally stupid if it disagrees. Or is he laughing at American stupidity and all the way to the bank when he sees the polls rise in favor of his running?
O'Donnell makes another excellent point when he says that if Trump has already signed to renew Celebrity Apprentice, then he is not actually running for president and that the NBC executives know that. He also calls out Trump's racism regarding the suspicions Trump has expressed about Obama's qualifications to enter Ivy League schools and Trump's questioning whether Obama writes his own books. O'Donnell's right. That's racist rhetoric. With those kinds of appeals, Trump aligns himself with a very traditional form of racism, one that assumes black people are intellectually inferior to white people. (Hat tip to Field Negro for alerting me to this video.)