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NYT's Blow Accepts Tolerance Award, But Intolerant of Trump

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New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow, this years recipient of the Hank Meyer National Headliner Award on Wednesday. (AP Photo/C.M. Guerrero)

By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 08:11 PM

A New York Times columnist took little time after accepting a tolerance award to begin showing his intolerance of the president of the United States on Wednesday.

Charles M. Blow used much of his 18-minute acceptance speech to rip into President Donald Trump, McClatchy reported.

The attack was nothing new for Blow, who in his column has said Trump "has the intellectual depth of a coat of paint," McClatchy noted.

"Trump is also an attack on scholarship and history," Blow said in his speech. "Forget for a minute that he talks like a third-grader. Forget for a moment that he has gathered one of the least educated Cabinets in the recent memory."

He was not finished: "Lies spring forth from his mouth like water from a hose. He corrupts and corrodes the absoluteness of truth, and facts, and science."

In Trump's mind, "adulation is the only honesty," Blow said. "Trump keeps signaling that if he had his druthers he would silence dissent altogether. . . . These principles of free press and free speech, which are almost as old as the country itself, are not things to be tinkered with on a whim. Trump's dictatorial instincts to suppress what he deems negative speech, particularly from the press, is the very thing that the founders worried about."

Blow also blasted Trump for sounding as if he thought 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass is still alive and for praising slave-owning President Andrew Jackson.

"You cannot bend history enough to tell me that a man who would exploit slaves and pay them no money is a person who is interested in economic populism," Blow said. "Those things don't go together. And if we had a president who read, he would know that. This is a war. It's a war over what it means to be honest. It's a war about what the definition of truth is. And facts. And science. And history. And, in the end, truth must win."

Blow was presented with his tolerance award by MCCJ, which was founded as the Miami branch of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The group's motto is, "Embracing diversity, building an inclusive community."

The award is given "to outstanding members of the media who used their skills and communication to promote dialogue and understanding between and among the diverse members of American society," McClatchy reported.

The program praised Blow's columns on "politics, public opinion and social justice," saying they were a "platform for resistance to the current atmosphere of hateful and discriminatory rhetoric."

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