Donald Trump tweet sparks K&C, John Tomase debate

Lucy Burdge
July 11, 2017 - 12:47 pm

On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump tweeted, “Working hard to get the Olympics for the United States (L.A.). Stay tuned!" and this ignited a conversation on K&C about the horrible traffic around Boston and how much worse traffic would be if the city hosted the Olympics.

After Trump followed the first tweet with "Big wins against ISIS!," Gerry Callahan, Kirk Minihane and John Tomase then began talking about the violence at the G20 Summit and reacted to audio of Trump’s July 6 speech to the people of Poland. Callahan loved the speech, Tomase hated it.

Audio of the speech was played in which Trump said, “This continent no longer confronts the specter of communism.  But today we’re in the West, and we have to say there are dire threats to our security and to our way of life.”

Tomase responded to this saying “White people” in reference to the threats to the West.

Callahan and Minihane quickly challenged him on what he meant by that.

“It is not about democracy, it is not about shared values,” Tomase said. Minihane asked, “What do you mean white people?” and Tomase said, “Well, that’s his constituency. The alt-right, they’re all white. His constituency are old white people.”

As Tomase was saying this, Callahan disagreed with him: “His constituency is America. Make America great. America first. Celebrating America.”

Tomase explained the subtext of Trump’s speech is the West is under assault by Islam and immigrants. He would have liked to hear Trump speak about global unification but Callahan and Minihane don’t think that was necessary.

Callahan believes Trump was talking about violence in the inner cities, but Tomase argued violence in inner cities is at an all-time low. Tomase then said he believes Trump is racist and Callahan and Minihane disagreed.

“Do you think Donald Trump thinks black people are less than white people?” Minihane asked Tomase.

“Oh yeah,” Tomase said. Tomase believes Trump’s racism is “in everything he says.”

Minihane asked Tomase for proof Trump is racist and Tomase countered by asking for proof he is not.

Listen to the full audio of the debate here.