Melissa Harris-Perry: “since when” has racism or sexism disqualified an American president?

In some ways, 2016 was a more “normal” election cycle than we’d like to admit.

At a Tuesday forum hosted by the Atlantic on gender in the 2016 election, political commentator and Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry said she wasn’t surprised that Donald Trump’s racism and sexism didn’t keep him from winning the election.

In fact, the former MSNBC host said, racism and sexism have been a “prerequisite” to win the presidency for most of American history.

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