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Republican State Senator Michael Williams of Georgia wants you to know that he is sophisticated enough to compartmentalize racism when it suits his party’s needs. Or something like that.

Discussing former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new tell-all book Unhinged, CNN New Day anchor Victor Blackwell asked Williams if it would matter to the state senator if Manigault-Newman’s allegations that Trump repeatedly used the N-word while filming The Apprentice turned out to be true.

“Yes, it would matter,” Williams, a self-described “family guy,” began. So far, so good. “It would matter as a individual; it would not necessarily matter to me as the person that is running our country.”

Wait, what?

“He has his personal beliefs, his personal ideas. But I truly believe he is able to separate those from how he is running the country,” Williams explained.

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Debating the finer points of this ridiculous answer, Williams argued that since Trump “did not use the N-word as the office of the president,” everything was just fine.

But the Georgia state senator said he’d certainly draw the line if Trump said it now, you know, on television. “Now, if he was president, and he goes on TV and uses the N-word, yes, I would have a major problem with that. But he did it before he was president.” Oh.

The look on Blackwell’s face in this tweet speaks for all of us:

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Watch, noting Williams’ defensive body language: