Today’s Questions for the President

Yesterday you hosted at the White House a rapper whose lyrics appear to support a fugitive convicted cop killer. In the recent past you have, among other things, made disparaging comments about Cambridge, Mass. cops before knowing the facts, attended numerous sermons given by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, referred to rural midwesterners as “bitter” and “cling[ing] to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them,” made a point of refusing to wear an American flag lapel pin, and apologized for America while overseas.

Is it unreasonable for some to question whether you hold a sizable swath of Americans and their values in disdain? Or are your supporters correct that those who ask such questions are motivated primarily by racism?

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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