Yesterday Donald Trump Jr. appeared on the YouTube show of a stand-up comic who routinely espouses racist rhetoric, and once justified the use of the N-word while defending a man facing hate crimes charges after he was filmed brandishing a gun and yelling racial slurs at black protesters.
Trump Jr. made his second appearance on The Nick Di Paolo Show, where he praised his father’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and lashed out at the media.
In a January 23, 2019 broadcast of his show, Di Paolo, a vocal supporter of President Trump, devoted a segment to Mark Bartlett, a Florida man who pulled a gun during a Martin Luther King Day confrontation with black protesters whom he called “fucking stupid niggers.”
According to a press release from the Miami-Dade State Attorney, Bartlett was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with prejudice, one count of improper exhibition of a firearm, and one count of carrying a concealed firearm. These charges will carry stiffer penalties due to a hate crimes enhancement.
In February 2020 Judge Richard E. Gerstein declined to drop charges against Bartlett.
Di Paolo praised Bartlett, saying he would vote for Bartlett “for sheriff tomorrow.”
Of the N-word, Di Paolo said, “[T]hat doesn’t really bother young black kids ’cause they’ve kept the word alive, whether it’s hip-hop or it’s what they call each… For Christ’s sake I say it to my buddies on the phone when they call, in a friendly way. ‘What’s up, my nigga? What’s up?’ My grandparents were using it before they died.”
This was just one example of Di Paolo’s openly racist rhetoric, however.
In October 2018, Di Paolo complained about the so-called migrant caravan that originated in Honduras and traveled toward the U.S.-Mexico border that year. Di Paolo displayed a picture of the migrants, whom he said appeared to be “young males from parts of the world that have killer crime rates and violence.”
“Here’s where you wish somebody from ISIS revved up their truck,” he added, appearing to reference acts of terrorism such as the 2016 truck attack that left 86 dead and over 400 injured in Nice, France.
During the same episode, Di Paolo referred to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador as “Third World shitholes.”
During a January 21, 2019 episode, during a rant against liberal celebrities like Alyssa Milano and Judd Apatow, Di Paolo exclaimed, “Go fuck yourself. The white man’s the best thing that happened to this planet.” On February 13, 2019, during a discussion about negotiations over funding a border wall, he said it “should be a wall of flamethrowers.”
Minutes later he claimed that “anti-white male sentiment” had “taken traction” in colleges. Di Paolo said he blamed “that fat fuck Oprah [Winfrey]” who “was on TV for 30 years spewin’ this shit” and “did more for the PC cause than any one figure.”
During his March 21 appearance on The Nick Di Paolo Show, Trump Jr. said his father is “doing a great job” at handling the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly 100,000 Americans. “Don’t forget: Donald Trump was the one who shut down travel from Wuhan, China,” he said.
Trump Jr. criticized the “Democrats and the media” for suggesting the ban was “racist,” and insisted that people no longer talk about the “respirator situation.” “You don’t hear about that, no one went for want of a respirator,” he claimed.
However, the Trump Administration waited until mid-March before ordering ventilators or masks. And during a March 6 meeting in the Oval Office meant to celebrate National Nurses Day, President Trump publicly contradicted the president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, who reported PPE shortages.
Trump Jr. also cited “federalism” as the reason his father “left these things to the states” — appearing to refer to the procurement of medical equipment. Di Paolo agreed, and referenced the Tenth Amendment which in no way prohibits the federal government from coordinating with states to provide medical supplies.
Trump Jr. then asserted that the Obama Administration botched its handling of the SARS pandemic, which actually occurred in 2003 during George W. Bush’s first term. And he repeated the lie that the Obama Administration “didn’t restock the supplies” which hampered President Trump’s ability to deal with the crisis.
This was not the first instance in which Donald Trump Jr. boosted known racists. In 2016 he appeared on The Political Cesspool, a podcast hosted by white nationalist and Neo-Confederate James Edwards. That same year he retweeted Kevin MacDonald, the author of the antisemitic Culture of Critique series, and was caught following virulently racist alt-right Twitter accounts.