Ben Smith, editor in chief of the popular news and entertainment website Buzzfeed, told staff in a memo on Wednesday that if they want to call leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a racist, they are free to do so.

Smith made the memo public on social media.

"We've gotten a question or two about how to talk about Donald Trump in social media — and whether calling him, say, a liar and a racist violates our policy asking that you not to be [sic] political partisans on social media," Smith said. He said that the "goal" of the policy is to maintain fairness and also not to "undermine" the work of the site's political reporters.

Smith said, however, Trump is "operating far outside the political campaigns to which those guidelines usually apply" and so it would be "entirely fair to call him a mendacious racist. ..."

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