Friday on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” network legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said President Donald Trump calling Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) a “low IQ” individual was “racist.”
Thursday night at a rally in Great Falls, MT, Trump said,
“She is a low IQ individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. High — I mean, honestly, she’s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that.”
“How about this Maxine Waters stuff over and over again? Low IQ, how racist is that?”
“Come on. Just be honest about this. How many black people does the president have to attack in these terms? I mean, he’s always whether it’s NFL football players or, you know, UCLA basketball players, I mean come on. Is it a coincidence that he calls a senior black legislator low IQ? I mean it’s revolting, and we should just be clear about what’s going on here.”
Transcript, via CNN:
JIM ACOSTA, CNN: And Mark Preston, the president didn’t really talk about these kids last night in Montana. He had a range of other subjects to touch on. Let’s play through some of those and get your take on that.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: She is a low I.Q. individual. Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. I mean, honestly, she’s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that. And even though we got a little surprise vote that evening, you all remember that evening. Somebody came in with a thumb’s down after campaigning for years that he was going to repeal and replace but that’s OK. By the way, you know, all the rhetoric you see, the thousand points of light, what the hell was that, by the way? Thousand points of light? What did that mean? Does anyone know? I know one thing. Make America great again, we understand. Putting America first, we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone ever figured that one out? It was put out by the Republican.
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ACOSTA: Incredible, Mark Preston. Obviously, there in a couple of those portions of that mash-up we just played there. He went off on John McCain who obviously was the decisive vote in the repeal or replace Obamacare vote that happened in Congress. And also, just as George H.W. Bush is obviously declining health, Barbara Bush passed away earlier this year. He goes after thousand points of light, which was part of former President Bush’s rhetoric about getting marshalling volunteerism across the country.
MARK PRESTON, CNN: In an organization, Jim, that still does a lot of really good —
ACOSTA: The Points of Light Foundation still working.
PRESTON: Correct, correct, correct. You know, can we just call it for what it is? I mean, basically, Donald Trump goes out and has turned the political rallies into two things: one, they’re political roasts; and two, they’re political roasts against his enemies. And he feels that he’s unshackled to say anything that he wants. When would you ever think that you would see a president of the United States acting that way? Would Abraham Lincoln act that way? Would George Washington act that way? And would George H.W. Bush act that way? No. And when he went after John McCain, and he went after George H.W. Bush — because the really are still the moral compass of the Republican Party right now. They’re not afraid to criticize.
JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: And can we also, can we also —
ACOSTA: Go ahead, Jeff.
TOOBIN: But just how about this Maxine Waters stuff over and over again? Low I.Q. How racist is that? I mean, come on. Let’s just be honest about this. How many black people does the president have to attack in these terms? I mean, he’s always like whether it’s NFL football players or, you know, the UCLA basketball players? I mean, come on. Is it a coincidence that he calls a senior black legislator low I.Q.? I mean, it’s revolting and we should just be clear about what’s going on here.