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Justin Trudeau's Racism Scandal Just Got Worse

Video emerges of a 3rd instance of the Canadian prime minister darkening his skin
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2019 10:00 AM CDT
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to reporters on his campaign plane in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday.   (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – Justin Trudeau's trouble is only getting worse. Canada's Global News is out with video showing the prime minister in blackface—the third example to emerge in the last day of Trudeau darkening his skin as part of a costume. Trudeau apologized Wednesday when the first two old images emerged, but the political bombshell has thrown his re-election campaign into turmoil. Details:

  • Latest case: The clip from the early 1990s shows Trudeau in blackface and goofing around in front of a camera, though it's not clear exactly when or where it was shot. However, it appears to be at a different time and place from the previous two instances, per Global News. A senior member of Trudeau's campaign confirmed it was him.
  • The first two: Trudeau dressed up as Aladdin in brownface at the school where he was teaching in 2001, when he was 29. Time broke that story by publishing the photo. Another image emerged of Trudeau in high school wearing blackface while performing as Harry Belafonte.

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