Coates appeared on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday to discuss his latest article for The Atlantic, “Donald Trump Is the First White President.”
“With George Bush’s policies, I could make an argument for how they affect black people in a negative way. You know what I mean? But I wouldn’t argue that he’s a white supremacist. I wouldn’t argue that Mitt Romney is a white supremacist,” Coates said.
But for Trump, Coates argued, “there’s quite a bit of evidence to back up the charge.”
“I think if you own a business that attempts to keep black people from renting from you,” Coates explained, “if you are reported to say that you don’t want black people counting your money; if you say — and not even reported, just come out and say — that someone can’t judge your case because they are Mexican; if your response to the first black president is that they weren’t born in this country, despite all proof; if you say they weren’t smart enough to go to Harvard Law School, and demand to see their grades; if that’s the essence of your entire political identity you might be a white supremacist, it’s just possible.”
Watch Coates’ appearance in the video above.