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Donald Trump Mocks Asians Who Wear Glasses And Twitter Is Not Here For It

President Donald Trump told governors that the aides to Xi Jinping, the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, were “central casting – glasses, pad.” He then mimicked what he thinks those glasses looked like, making tiny circles around his eyes with his thumb and forefinger.

This is far from the first time Trump has used that phrase. He’s pretty much obsessed with “central casting,” because he sees people as stereotypes, not individuals. This time he managed to offend Asians as well as anyone wearing glasses, all in one fell swoop!

Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star tweeted the picture and explanation.

Trump has used “central casting” to describe Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Mitt Romney and Rex Tillerson. What he means is, they look the part. Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post told MSNBC after the election that “central casting” is “actually a phrase [Trump] uses quite a bit behind the scenes.” Yeah, and in front of them, too, clearly.

So, in Trump’s racist mind, all Chinese people all wear little round thick-lens glasses.

People on Twitter were irate, and somehow still surprised at the depths to which the president will sink.

At least one person pointed out what a terrible message this sends to any kids wearing glasses (hey, four-eyes, the president sees you as a nerd!).

He really was so close to stretching his skin to do slanty-eyes.

And there were the usual calls for the president to be examined because there seems to be something wrong with his brain.

h/t @ddale8

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Written by Dean Altman

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.