Cheadle told Burnett he wouldn’t use the term “racist” to describe the President, but said Trump has a “white superiority complex.”
Cheadle told Burnett he is now more critical of the 2016 moment when Trump said, “Look at my African American over here,” at a California rally. At the time, Cheadle told CNN he was not offended by Trump’s comment. Now, he said he questions Trump’s intent.
“President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme,” Cheadle told PBS. “Republicans are too sheepish to call him out on anything and they are afraid of losing their positions and losing any power themselves.”
“When you look at his appointments for the bench: White, white, white, white, white, white, white,” Cheadle told PBS. “That to me is really damning to everybody else because no one else gets a chance because he’s thinking that the whites are superior, period.”
Cheadle is a 62-year-old real estate broker, according to PBS, and said he is running for Congress as an independent in 2020. The outlet reports he has in the past mounted four unsuccessful bids for Congress.
“We just haven’t had people called the names publicly that we have had with this administration,” Cheadle told PBS. “To stay on this ship now, as a black Republican, I couldn’t do it.”