While speaking at a political rally, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., told a disturbing joke about not saving President Donald Trump should he be drowning.
That Hastings, a black man, joked that it would be a “catastrophe” to save the white president goes to show you who has real privilege in America, considering what the media reaction would have been had a white member of Congress made such a joke about former President Barack Obama.
“I will tell you one joke,” the Democratic lawmaker said. “Do you know the difference between a crisis and a catastrophe?”
“A crisis is if Donald Trump falls into the Potomac River and can’t swim,” Hastings said. “And a catastrophe is [if] anybody saves his ass.”
Hastings, a former district court judge of the S. Florida district, was impeached by the U.S. Seante in 1989 on charges of perjury and conspiring to solicit a bribe.
He is also know for his remark about rules when the Democratic Party was shoving Obamacare down America’s throat.
“When the deal goes down, all this talk about rules… we make ’em up as we go along,” Hasting said at the time.
When it comes to his latest deal, joking about the death of President Trump, social media users failed to find the humor in it.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Wait…..in the history of this country only EIGHT fed judges have been impeached and removed. @RepHastingsFL is one of them.
— kc2fargo (@kc2fargo) August 19, 2018
I though Alcee was still in prison. When did he get out? @alceehastingsfl
— Steve Hansen (@stevenmhansen) August 19, 2018
Such a absolute double standard… What if this was said about @BarackObama? There would be an uproar!! I sincerely hope both sides of the aisle fully condemn this sort of personal attack. #ShowRespect #Embarrassing
— Dan Burch (@BurchTennis) August 19, 2018
How is this in any way, shape or form acceptable? If this was said about any other US President, the outrage would be deafening. How is it okay to publicly wish for someone’s death? This is insanity. https://t.co/Rm1jZuiAd6
— Bring Back Civility (@1virtualgenie) August 20, 2018
8/9: Rep. Cohen wishes Rep. Blackburn would jump off a bridge
8/12: Antifa protesters want to "murder" Trump
8/13: Pearl Jam depicts Trump carcass on concert poster
8/19: Rep. Hastings: It would be a "catastrophe" if anybody saved Trump from drowning https://t.co/d5Xei5UV77
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) August 19, 2018
But saying "you lie" to Obama was so much worse? https://t.co/XuZMR08xoZ
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) August 20, 2018
If anyone said that about Clinton or Obama it’d be on 60 minutes….SMH…
— doug schmitt (@dougschmittee) August 19, 2018
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