Stunning story last night about Justin Trudeau from Time Magazine.
It’s Trudeau in full blackface — and then there’s the added detail of him groping a woman’s chest in the same picture.
Now, this wasn’t a picture dug up by a private investigator or hacked from someone’s cell phone — it was there in plain sight in the yearbook of the Vancouver private school where Trudeau was teaching some 18 years ago. He was 29 years old; an adult.
This landed like a thunderbolt. And then almost immediately, as soon as the Time Magazine photo came out, so did another one. This time, when Trudeau was himself a student. Also from a yearbook. He had blackface on and a wig.
Obviously, people have been holding on to these pictures, and have just decided to finally use them.
These photos have been in the public domain for years — those yearbooks were personally seen by thousands of people and they were able to be seen by anyone who showed interest, and no-one published them.
Why hadn’t they been shown before? During Trudeau’s first campaign for public office; Trudeau’s campaign for party leader. Trudeau’s campaign as party leader, becoming prime minister? How did none of this come to light in any of those moments of supposed accountability?
That’s a question for the CBC and CTV and Global News, and the Toronto Star, and the rest of the Media Party to answer.
But, last night, Trudeau came out on his campaign jet and did a little press scrum, and there were some unbelievable moments in it:
"I attended an end-of-year gala where the theme was Arabian nights. I dressed up in Aladdin costume and put makeup on,” Trudeau said.
Make-up. I love that. Blackface is what it is. But he said make-up because it sounded less awful.
“I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better, but I didn’t, and I’m really sorry,” he continued.
He was 29. It was 2001. This wasn’t the fifties.
For years, Trudeau has been smearing people as racist when he’s the racist one by his own confession. In fact, the 2019 Liberal campaign has basically been a hurricane of smears against any racism, real or imagined, in the Conservatives. So why didn’t he clear the air before?
Well, it’s obvious, because he thought he’d get away with it. Why on earth would he bring it up, when the rest of the media didn’t bring it up, and it took an American to bring it up? Do you think Trudeau ever takes “responsibility”, other than using that word when he’s caught with his hand in the cookie jar?
Do I think wearing blackface means someone should resign?
Well, we don’t make the rules. Trudeau did. The Media Party did. We’ve seen many resignations for less.
Blackface isn’t just a costume; it has greater political meaning, mainly in the context of U.S. slavery. But it’s pretty universally regarded as racist.
Let me help you with this. What if Stephen Harper had been caught doing this — not once, not twice, but three times? What would it have done to Harper? Or Trump?
How would it go down for a foreign meeting between Trudeau and an African or Arabian or Asian world leader? This is like Trudeau and feminism — he’s blown himself up. And in a way, Canada, too.
I’m not sure if blackface should disqualify a man from public office. But I think lying about it should. Not just the lie about how many times you did it. But the entire lie of your public beliefs — that are clearly just a sociopath’s deception, to project his own sins on his enemies, and to pre-empt any accusations against himself.
It’s time for Justin Trudeau to resign.