Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made quite the introduction on the Democratic National Convention’s final night: “Hello, everyone. I’m Michael Jordan, and I’m here with Hillary.”
He then explained: “I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
The context, of course, is Trump’s repeated racism during his campaign. He’s officially seized the mantle of the “law and order” candidate — an obvious dog whistle playing to white fears of black crime. He launched his campaign promising to build a wall to stop Mexican immigrants whom he described as rapists and criminals, and he said a judge should recuse himself from a case because of his Mexican heritage.
Later on, he called for a ban on all Muslims coming into the US — a ban he recently expanded to encompass entire countries, including France — as he blamed them for terrorism. And he has a long history of similar comments, even before he was running for president.
Add that all up, and you get Abdul-Jabbar’s hilarious burn.