His 'look at meeee', life-of-the-party behavior had finally put him across a line he himself has drawn repeatedly for not only opponents but members of the Liberal Party. His aura of progressive superiority is permanently punctured and the international media is having a field day .
|Justin Trudeau striding to the microphone in Winnipeg|
He also admitted in a damage-control scrum there was also a high school event where he had done the same to sing The Banana Boat Song (that photo was circulated about an hour later).
The Black Rod noticed that
"before he broke off from reporters, a questioner asked him, "Do you want to tell Canadians about any other instances where you were concerned that you were racist, or had blackface or brownface on?"
"The answer was a bombshell. "I think, uh,it...it's been plenty."
Before the plane landed his scheduled rally at the Grand Mosque with incumbent Terry Duguid in Winnipeg South for Thursday was canceled - and the trickle of "plenty" started the next morning.
Global News posted a video, acquired by the Conservative Party, of a blackfaced Trudeau taken sometime between high school and his teaching job, that Warren Kinsella described as "Trudeau’s acting like an ape. Sticking out his tongue, waving around his arms, shuffling around like a simian would, in a zoo or a jungle or something.
"I showed the video to my shocked colleagues when they came into the office. Two of them are card-carrying Liberals. They agree with me: Justin Trudeau was in blackface, acting like an ape."
|Liberal MPs: Terry Duguid talks with a pensive Kevin Lamoureux,|
with Jim Carr standing behind KLam, waiting for their leader
They were doing their best, in the toughest re-election spot imaginable with a leader in photographs that seemingly undercut their multi-cultural base, as polling shows a neck-and-neck race with the Conservatives.
One senior Parliamentary reporter asked an MP "But he wouldn't pass the vetting (now) ...?", and the response was "(shrug) apples and oranges." That question was heard in conversations a few times. I had guessed that about 4 polling points shifted to the NDP after Jagmeet Singh's response to the news and perhaps 2 points parked with the Green Party, and people more experienced than I thought my guess was on the low end.
|MP Danny Vandal fielding a question from Global TV's David Akin|
Among his notable comments, he reversed his own description from the plane of his past costuming mishaps: "I appreciate calling it makeup, but it's blackface... I have to recognize that I let a lot of people down with that choice and I stand here today to reflect on that and to ask for forgiveness." Watch it here:
While it served him well to call it what it was and not sugar-coat it, many of his other responses failed to inspire optimism he had succeeded in quelling the uproar.
- He framed his lack of awareness of the potential repercussions as a byproduct of his privileged upbringing, which blinded him to the racist overtones his costumed antics might have given off. Why he would throw his parents under the campaign bus, people there could not fathom. Maybe he was blaming his nanny, one half-joked later.
Upon his press attache ending the session, preventing CJOB's Richard Cloutier from getting a question in, Trudeau made his way to his immediate right, going into the crowd seeking somone named Romeo.
And with that, Justin Trudeau began to head south towards the exit route, heckled by aboriginal activists as he left what was surely the toughest day of his political career.
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