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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks upon his return after being escorted away as a protester approached the stage during a rally at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, on November 5, 2016. | Source: MANDEL NGAN / Getty

aAs Donald Trump resists calls to drop out of the presidential race, old video footage has emerged of him saying that any presidential candidate under federal criminal charges “should not be allowed to run.”

A social media post from MSNBC anchor Joy Reid reminded everyone of Trump’s tendency toward self-serving hypocrisy following his criminal conviction last week after a jury in New York City returned a guilty verdict on all 34 charges in a criminal trial in which he was accused of being illegal. illegally paying hush money to a porn star for political purposes.

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Just days before the 2016 presidential election — and days after then-FBI Director James Comey announced the reopening of a federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified documents on her private email server — Trump sowed fear during one of his infamous meetings about US prospects. Democratic candidate who wins that year’s presidential election.

Trump — who was found guilty of fraud earlier this year and still faces two more criminal charges — suggested Clinton could end up under federal criminal charges and said the prospects of a president under such legal scrutiny, including a possible ” criminal process,” would have a devastating effect on the United States, especially in the area of ​​governance.

“If she were to win these elections, it would trigger an unprecedented constitutional crisis. In that situation, we could very well have a sitting president who is charged with a crime and ultimately faces a criminal trial,” Trump groaned from the audience. “It would bring the government to a standstill. She shouldn’t be allowed to run.”

Fast forward nearly eight years, Trump’s words could and could be used against him amid demands that he end his presidential campaign as he is sentenced next month following the hush money verdict.

Trump has announced that “the real judgment” will come on Election Day, when voters decide who the next president will be, but the NAACP has a very different proposal: that he should withdraw from the race altogether.

To be fair, nothing in the U.S. Constitution prevents a convicted felon from running for president, something with which the NAACP found some racial irony.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson called Trump’s conviction “a monumental step toward justice for the American people” and said the verdict reinforced one truth, in particular: “Donald Trump is unfit to represent American democracy .’

Suggesting Trump stay in the race is a prospect that flirts with white privilege, if not total white supremacy, Johnson suggested.

“The NAACP strongly believes that anyone found guilty of criminal offenses of this magnitude is unfit to occupy the Oval Office,” Johnson continued. “Given that Black Americans have been denied basic human rights for less objectionable crimes, any attempt to advance Donald Trump’s nomination for president would be a gross advance in white supremacist politics.”

Johnson is right to say that there is an element of racial hypocrisy when you consider how untold numbers of black people have been disqualified from holding certain employment positions because of their criminal background.

His question is clear: Why should Trump be held to a different standard, especially when the position in question is the US presidency, the most powerful post in the world?

And with Trump’s 2016 comments resurfacing condemning the idea that a presidential candidate charged with a crime could still run for the highest public office in the land, the question can now be put to himself.

While Trump is unlikely to drop out of the race, his criminal conviction could still impact his standing within the Republican Party, which will hold its national convention just days after Trump’s sentencing hearing on July 11. It is at the Republican National Convention where the party’s presidential nomination takes place in a process that determines who will represent the Republican Party in the presidential election.

The Biden campaign, in turn, is preparing as if Trump will still be in the race.

“There is still only one way to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office: through the ballot box,” Michael Tyler, communications director for the Biden Campaign, said in a statement after Thursday’s ruling. “Convicted felon or not, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president.”

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