It’s amazing to see how many people are totally missing the point with this Trudeau thing.
It’s not about the racism displayed here. While what Trudeau did is definitely racist, Trudeau himself is, I think it’s safe to say, NOT a racist.
What it’s about is character. As I’ve said a million times today, HE HIMSELF has helped create a climate where an 18 or 20 year old “mistake” CANNOT be forgiven. HE HIMSELF has used 15 year old tweets sent out by a Conservative candidate who was a teenager at the time (rather than a 29 year old teacher) as a reason that that candidate should be removed from the Conservative party. HE HIMSELF has used the words “no place in the Liberal Party” for offensive and divisive thought, words or actions. HE HIMSELF has kicked members out of caucus for less than what HE HIMSELF has done.
It’s not about racism. It’s about character. It’s about one set of rules for progressive purity for him, and another set for everyone else.
If the man hadn’t spent 5 years showing his “zero tolerance” for this kind of thing and had, over those years, showed himself willing to accept the apologies of others, or had demonstrated willingness to believe that people can grow and change their beliefs over time, I would readily accept his apology and that would be that.
But he hasn’t done that. So it’s pretty damn hard for me to watch him stand up and say “I’ve grown, I know better now, I’m sorry” and not resign when, were this Andrew Scheer, or EVEN another Liberal candidate who was caught in this type of incident, he would be on CBC right now demanding a resignation. It’s doubly hard to see Liberal supporters who two days ago were railing about 15 year old social media comments as a reason for candidate resignation, now doing Nadia Comaneci-style mental gymnastics to defend what they would never defend in a non-Liberal.
It’s not about racism, it’s about character.