“Trump is a racist.” Well, at least that is what “they” are saying. Who are “they”?
I watch a lot of news, and it seems to me “they” includes every Democrat/progressive/liberal/socialist who has something derogatory to say about President Trump. Calling anyone a racist is about as ugly a thing one can do. My point is, a person who does that should be sure of their facts.
With tens of millions of Americans calling President Trump a racist and national media daily venting their emotional outrage over his racism, perhaps it is time to look at some facts.
Other than Hillary Clinton calling Candidate Trump (and all of his supporters} racist with zero evidence, my research tells me the genesis of the current Trump racist movement was the riots in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017. Several factions of right-wing extremists were in Charlottesville, including white supremacists, KKK and neo-
Nazis. Right-wing organizers arrived with stated goals of unifying the American white nationalist movement and to oppose removing a statue of Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park.
About two hours after James Fields killed Heather Heyer with his vehicle, President Trump spoke on camera, saying, “We all must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let’s come together as one. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” Isn’t that what one would expect the president to say?
“On many sides.” Those last three words alone have generated a national outcry, “Trump is a racist.” Why? Several reasons.
First, many of the protesters were local residents and University of Virginia students. However, so too were members of Antifa, a conglomeration of left-wing groups. The principal feature of Antifa is its tactics: property damage, physical violence and harassment against those on the far right. There you have it. Two groups of ignorant thugs — from the far right and left — who are not acknowledged by any reasonable individuals or groups as anything but scum-of-the-earth bigots.
Second, Virginia politicians and the mainstream media went absolutely off the rails. The day following the rally, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer addressed the rally participants: “You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.” Signer faulted Trump for inflaming racial tensions during his 2016 campaign, stating: “I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for what you’re seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.”
Third, the media soundly criticized Trump for blaming “both sides” and for not specifically naming each individual right-wing group that was in Charlottesville that day. By not naming all of the right-wing groups, the president was presumed to be a supporter of the right-wing groups.
The media’s meltdown prompted the White House to issue an addendum to his initial remarks: “The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred. Of course, that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together.”
Notwithstanding the Democrats’ and media’s biased conclusions, a poll by Economist You Gov showed that, when asked, “Which group is more likely to use violence?” 45 percent of those polled said both sides were “equally likely.”
Keep in mind that three months prior to this incident, a Harvard study found that 88-93 percent of daily reporting from ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post reporting on President Trump was negative. Fox News was 50/50 positive/negative. Recurring polling shows that the negative reporting percentages continue today.
What we do not hear about are decades of Trump’s positive relations with minorities. He sued the city of Palm Beach for excluding African-Americans and Jews from social clubs. He was praised by Jesse Jackson for support to Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, which pressured corporations to hire and promote black employees. Trump has actively supported the NAACP. He made campaign contributions to black political candidates. The list is long; Google it.
Most individuals who routinely call the president a racist cannot give a reason why they believe that. Those who can give a reason usually say, “Charlottesville” but cannot recall exactly what the president said that day. This is a perfect example of intellectual honesty being clouded by hate. Better check your facts.
There is a good and valid question floating around: Can you love your country more than you hate your president?