[Content Note: Racism; racist imagery.]

While former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says President Obama should have been able to "see the future" regarding Russia, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says that a "trained ape" could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with Afghanistan.
"We have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world," Rumsfeld said Monday night on On the Record with Greta van Susteren on Fox News. "This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius."
"Trained ape" is one of Rumsfeld's favorite turns of phrase, but his casual use of the term does not mitigate the racist connotations of using it in the specific context of criticizing the foreign policy of our black president.

Who was just depicted, along with the First Lady, as an ape in a Belgian newspaper last week.

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