President Donald Trump is "half a rally away from just calling somebody the N-word," a professor declared to Chris Matthews during a "Hardball" segment.
Jason Johnson — a Morgan State University professor and guest on the MSNBC program Monday — leveled the charge after Matthews wondered why Trump called Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) a "low-IQ individual" during his Pennsylvania rally Saturday, noting those in attendance likely don't know much about Waters anyway.
"I have more respect for the people at this rally, Chris. They know who Maxine Waters is, they know who she represents, they know who Nancy Pelosi is," Johnson told Matthews before adding about Trump: "He's half a rally away from just using the N-word. It's that basic."
What else did Johnson say?
Johnson then offered his prediction again — and then added some more.
"He's half a rally away from just calling somebody the N-word, and then everyone's going to pretend that they're shocked, and then everybody on ‘The Apprentice' is going to say he used it all the time," Johnson told Matthews. "That's what he does. He has a hostility and an anger towards women of color."
Matthews asked Johnson why he thought Trump — a "big-city guy in a world of diversity" — would treat black women with hostility, and the professor replied that Trump controls what people he hobnobs with.
"He doesn't have to be around people of color unless he wants to," Johnson told Matthews. "His relationship with black women is similar to his relationship with women in general: If black women aren’t working for him, and they aren't there to serve him in some personal way, he's basically Calvin Candie."
Who is Calvin Candie — and why might that be slap in the face to Trump?
The comparison was lost on Matthews, but Johnson quickly explained that Calvin Candie is a slave owner in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." It's worth it to note that Leonardo DiCaprio — who played the sadistic Candie — called him "one of the most deplorable, indulgent, horrendous characters I’ve ever read in my life."
"That's basically Trump," Johnson said, referring to the Candie character. "If she's not Diamond and Silk, if she's not Omarosa — ‘I can’t believe this black woman's talking to me.’"
Diamond and Silk are well-known YouTubers Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, who are major Trump supporters. Johnson's mention of Omarosa presumably referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, who appeared on Trump's reality TV show.
Here's the clip:
(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)