Whether in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. or abroad, making monkey jokes about black people never gets old among white racists. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who took the U.S. to war over weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist, is just the latest person to compare President Obama to an ape.
During an interview on Fox News on Monday, Rumsfeld said even a “trained ape” could do better than Obama.
“A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement,” Rumsfeld said, referring to the Obama administration not securing a status of forces agreement with Afghanistan . “It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship.”
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has taken sides with Russia in the Crimea annexation.
“United States diplomacy has been so bad — so embarrassingly bad — that I’m not the least bit surprised that he felt cornered and is feeling he has to defend himself in some way or he’s not president of that country,” Rumsfeld said.
A Belgian progressive newspaper, De Morgen, was recently forced to apologize after publishing pictures of the Obamas as apes.
The editors said that the satirical context was lost once the image went viral.
When “you consider the fragment apart from its context, which is a properly worked out satirical section, then you don’t see the joke but just a picture evoking sheer racism,” the editors wrote. “That was a risk we didn’t consider enough beforehand.”
“We wrongly assumed,” they added, “that racism is no longer acceptable, and that in this way it could be the subject of a joke.”