Actress Patricia Arquette says racism’s getting worse in the Trump era, and has this story to prove it:
I have a black friend in New Orleans who says since Trump the outright racist comments she gets day in day out are relentless. She says this is a direct result of Trump. It is disgusting and infuriating. It is the worst of America.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) July 31, 2018
There’s not shortage of people taking Arquette’s tweet at face value and agreeing it’s gotten that bad. Meanwhile, Arquette’s approach sounded familiar:
Will "I have a black friend who says" X, Y, or Z become the new "My 9-year-old asked me yesterday…"? https://t.co/A6jYw7KAtT
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) August 1, 2018
"a black friend" is her version of a woke 9-year-old. https://t.co/O195j6WVU3
— JWF (@JammieWF) August 1, 2018
There’s certainly been a rise in that storytelling style in the age of Trump!
"I hate you and I am saying this because of Trump"
Seems legit https://t.co/MeV6yYGscl
— Robert Kroese (@robkroese) August 1, 2018
Never start a sentence with, "I have a black friend." https://t.co/NXFjOL3wiY
— Darkside (@meritegood) July 31, 2018
However, one anecdotal claim can be met by another:
Huh. That's fascinating. Funny thing is, I have a TON of black New Orleans patients who are quite pleased with how things are going with Trump in charge.
And I'm FAR from a fan of his. https://t.co/NL74zIrBSx
— tmi3rd (@tmi3rd) August 1, 2018
I have a friend in NOLA who says your friend is full of it https://t.co/71Vx8oLWnD
— liam rogers (@rogersliam) August 1, 2018
Well now we don’t know who to believe! *Eye roll*
I have an Asian friend. I mean, I think he's Asian. I guess I never really asked. He could be from Hawaii or something. Either way, he said that his brother's girlfriend's third cousin heard from one of her friends on Facebook that something bad happened because of Trump. https://t.co/PxNJPxeeYM
— Jesse Kelly® (@JesseKellyDC) August 1, 2018
Gotta be true if somebody says a friend said it, right?