Governor Says “Thugs” Comments Doesn’t Make Him Racist

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday said it’s absurd to accuse him of racism for calling a high school girls basketball team “thugs” after a scuffle broke out at a game. Justice’s defense comes a day after a game involving Greenbrier East High School, where he coaches, was forced to end early when the opposing team’s coach got into a tiff with someone in the stands.
Justice’s comments were making the rounds on social media, with one Democratic state lawmaker, Del. Mike Pushkin, tweeting that the governor was making “thinly veiled racial slurs.”