Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference today to address the pictures of him in brownface and blackface.

Complete. Epic. Meltdown. The man hit all the key liberal buzzwords. Arrogance seeped out of his pores.

Oh, he also cannot remember how many times he has worn blackface or brownface in his life.

Here is the full press conference:

But it’s not his fault that somehow he never knew one should NEVER EVER wear blackface or brownface.

It’s because he comes “from a place of privilege.” This privilege blinded him for so long he cannot remember how many times he donned blackface:

Trudeau said he did not understand at the time how hurtful his actions were and, as a result, he can’t remember exactly how many times he has worn blackface makeup.

“I am wary of being definitive about this. The recent pictures I had not remembered,” he said when pressed by reporters about the number of incidents.

“I think the question is, ‘How can you not remember that?’ The fact is, I didn’t understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every single day. I have always acknowledged I come from a place of privilege, but I now need to acknowledge that comes with a massive blind spot.”

It gets better. He KNEW this existed and never said anything because he found it embarrassing. It just goes to show how little the media and Liberal Party vetted him.

Then he calls it “darkening your face.” No, Trudeau. You wore BLACKFACE. You wore BROWNFACE. It’s not makeup. It’s not “darkening your face.” Let’s not forget that during the Arabian Nights gala his whole body is covered in brownface:

Trudeau said he never spoke about the incidents before now because he was “embarrassed,” adding that his past actions do not define the politician he has become since.

“What I did … hurt people who shouldn’t have to face intolerance and discrimination because of their identity. This is something that I deeply, deeply regret,” he said.

“Darkening your face, regardless of the context of the circumstances, is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface. I should have understood that then, and I never should have done it.”

A liberal politician from Canada also wants this to become a teachable moment for everyone. Excuse me, but this is a teaching moment for Trudeau. The vast majority of us know that we do not wear blackface or brownface. The vast majority of us do not even want to wear brownface or blackface.

A Third Incident

So on Wednesday we saw two pictures of Trudeau. One in brownface. One in blackface.

Canada’s Global News received a video of Trudeau in blackface, making it three separate instances in which Trudeau wore blackface or brownface:

The video, obtained exclusively by Global News, shows Trudeau covered in what appears to be dark makeup and raising his hands in the air while laughing, sticking his tongue out and making faces. He’s wearing a white T-shirt, and his jeans are ripped at the knees. It appears as though his arms and legs are covered in makeup as well.

It does not appear the video was shot at the same time and place as the other photos of Trudeau in racist makeup.

Global News obtained the video from a source within the Conservative Party of Canada and independently verified it to be true with Liberal party officials before reporting on it.

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