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Trump’s Repugnant, Racist Tweets

I generally have not agreed that President Trump’s various utterances and actions have been racist, or at least not thought them provably so. His comments about the conflict in Charlottesville in 2017, for example, are usually taken out of context — it is clear by “very fine people on both sides” he meant Southerners who felt they were supporting their heritage, not white supremacists. He specifically condemned the white supremacists.

But this time is different. In a heinous series of grunts emitted via twitter, Trump suggested legal immigrant citizens are not actual Americans and lumped together a group of nonwhite American women with names that lack white European provenance and suggested they should go back to their “countries.”

Here is what he said:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

Now, I don’t like the views of any of these women — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. They are all progressives, and at least three them, Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, and Tlaib, have said some contemptible things of their own. Omar is almost certainly anti-Semitic.

It’s hard to work up much sympathy for them. But they are all Americans, and they have as much right as anyone to say “how our government is to be run.”

Trump’s branding them all in as foreigners is not just racist — would he have told a white American-born woman to go back to her country? — it’s race-baiting, an obvious attempt to appeal to racist voters.

The president’s comments were crude, nasty, and just kind of dumb. I don’t believe there was much of a strategy other than to excite the worst elements of his base and to vent against his opponents.

What particularly chills here is a president casting his opponents not just as un-American, which is bad enough, but as NOT American.

These women have at least two things in common: They are all red-blooded Americans — even if I suspect they don’t like this country very much. And they all have never had bone spurs.

It’s too bad. Trump has been a pretty good president. But there is no amount of success that justifies this kind of racism and intolerance.

We are in a war with the left for the soul of this country. Globalism, unlimited immigration that cannot be absorbed into the culture, political correctness, the deep state, and a rejection of our history threaten the foundations of our society.

But Trump cannot lead the struggle if he allows rottenness to fester in his own soul.

Racism Has Declined Under Trump

That’s right. It’s according to a scientific study.

And the Washington Post for forced to report it:

Racial prejudice has not increased among white Americans since the explosive 2016 election, argues political scientist Daniel J. Hopkins. It has actually decreased by some measures, he found, possibly as a reaction to Trump’s unexpected ascension to the White House.

Hopkins told The Washington Post that the results initially surprised him. Upon reflection, however, “it’s quite conceivable that Trump has simultaneously galvanized a small number of highly prejudiced white Americans while also pushing millions more to affirm that they are not as prejudiced,” he argued.

In other words, Hopkins believes the study provides evidence that the racially incendiary rhetoric and policies issuing from Trump’s White House have pushed the majority of Americans in the opposite direction.

The specialist in race and political behavior acknowledged that his findings speak only to professed bias and not to concrete behavior, such as whether Americans are moving into heterogeneous neighborhoods.

Of course, the Post spins this many ways. But the statistics do not lie, even if some find the disappointing.

Republicans Think Trump has a Chance to Gain Black Votes

The press doesn’t cover it much, but President Trump has done extensive outreach to African Americans, including criminal justice reform, grants of clemency, an economy that benefits blacks, and meeting with black leaders willing to shake his hand.

Not to mention Kanye.

He may meet with more African Americans than Barack Obama did.

Trump doesn’t need many black votes to help him win critical states. He just needs some African American voters to like him and vote for him, or enough to not hate him so that they stay home and don’t vote for his opponent.

From the Washington Examiner:

Republicans are confident that President Trump in 2020 can pick up support among black voters and that this overwhelmingly Democratic bloc could even provide Trump the winning edge in key swing states.

“I can give an unqualified ‘yes’ on the idea that the president will be more popular on Election Day with blacks in 2020 than he was in 2016,” said Horace Cooper of Project 21 Black Leadership Network, a conservative public policy group. He pointed to the African-American unemployment rate, which reached a record low in 2018 of 5.9 percent, and the large number of African-Americans who no longer need food stamps under Trump.

African-Americans have reliably voted Democratic since 1948, a trend that is unlikely to change. But a Morning Consult poll taken March 15 shows Trump’s approval rating among blacks sits at 12 percent, four percentage points higher than the eight percent of black Americans who voted for Trump in 2016.

And according to Cooper, a two or three percent shift in the black vote in certain states, such as Wisconsin, Florida and Texas, could make a big difference in the election — though Cooper predicted an increase of four to five percent of the black vote for Trump, which “would put between four and six more states in play that Trump didn’t carry last time.”

Pennsylvania and Michigan are other states with relatively large African-American populations where the vote was about as close as it could be in 2016, with Trump barely winning.

Trump Endorses Sentencing Reform – But Press Doesn’t Care Because He’s “a Racist”

President Trump Tuesday endorsed the “First Step Act,” a measure that would overhaul sentencing laws and disproportionately benefit African Americans, and while the press dutifully reported on it, no one in the MSM that I saw presented the move as perhaps belying claims that Trump is a racist.

And it’s mostly not highlighted in on news websites this morning. The New York Times does have it near the top but mentions Trump’s role almost in passing. Axios suggested Trump was dragged kicking and screaming into supporting the proposal.

Trump said during an event at the White House:

Today, I’m thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time. So important . . .

And we’re all better off when former inmates can receive and reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens. And thanks to our booming economy, they now have a chance at more opportunities than they’ve ever had before. It is true. Our economy is so strong, that when people are getting out of jail, they’re actually able to find jobs.

And I have three instances of companies that hired people coming out of prison, and they are so thrilled by the performance of these people. And now they’re doing it more and more and more. And a lot of people are seeing this. It’s great . . .

Our pledge to hire American includes those leaving prison and looking for a very fresh start — new job, new life.

In polite society, you can’t say Trump does anything beneficial for black people. No matter that he supports sentencing reform and regularly meets with African American groups. But if Trump reacts poorly to three African American reporters, two of whom asked questions that focused on the idea that he and Republicans are allegedly racists, that gets tons of press.

One person on the left, Van Jones, gave Trump some credit. I kind of like Van Jones. He’s very liberal, but he’s smart, he seems to actually care about issues at least as much as he cares about promoting himself, and he’s an iconoclast, not always in line with the MSM herd of sheep.

Why is an Ad About Illegal Immigration Racist Because it Features an Hispanic?

One of the perils of illegal immigration is that some among those who enter are criminals. The notion that an American can be killed or otherwise harmed by someone who is not supposed to be in this country in the first place is frightening to many voters.

It is a legitimate and time-worn political tactic to take a fear voters have and amplify it. Democrats do it all the time on issues like guns, race, health care, and Social Security. If you follow the MSM and listen to Democrats, you know that, of course, every supporter of President Trump is a closet white supremacist.

Trump a few days ago tweeted out an ad that featured blood-curdling footage of a maniacal cop killer, Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant and murderer.

Sure, this ad preys on our fears. But that’s politics.

Almost immediately, because Bracamontes is Hispanic, Trump was accused of releasing a racist ad, and the echo chamber in the press convinced itself not that this was not an opinion, but a fact. In a November 3, piece, for example, the New York Times just casually refers to the ad as racist, as if the contention was indisputable:

Anna Greenberg, a managing partner of the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, said that Mr. Trump’s dark view of immigration, articulated in a racist video posted to his Twitter account and several fiery speeches, was likely to repel suburban and educated women.

And of course, it goes without saying, the man who tweeted it must be racist as well.

CNN refuses to run it, which frankly is an attack of free political speech. As is the New York Times characterization of it as racist in a supposedly neutral news article.

Now, let me ask you, if you’re going to do an ad about the threat posed by illegal immigrants, who are you going to put in it, a bunch of Scotsmen?

How do we know this ad is racist? Why is using an evil person who is also Hispanic ipso facto a racist thing to do? Just because some people might react to it in a racist manner does make the intent of the ad racist. The intent is clearly to show an evil person and the threat represented by allowing millions of people into America whose first act in this country is to break the law by not entering properly.

So here’s the rule: No negative portrayals of a Hispanic when criticizing illegal immigrants. That is, no criticizing illegal immigrants at all.

Because at heart you’re just a racist, not someone trying to preserve and defend the country.

The characterization of this ad is just another example of the weaponization of political correctness. Fortunately, most people know better than the Leftists and elitists who try to demonize political opinion.

The Press Finally Starts Talking About Antifa Attacks on the Press

Well, it took until Monday night, but the Washington Post finally put a story up about Antifa’s attacks on the press Sunday and notes that the entire movement condones violence:

Antifascists, according to their own doctrine, fight fascism. Sounds simple enough.

Granted, members of the loosely organized Antifa movement define “fascism” vaguely — to include not just Nazis and neo-Nazis, but also white supremacists, white nationalists and the broader population of racists.

As for the fighting, Antifa takes that part of the doctrine literally. Claiming that even a small public gathering of fascists is a threat to freedom, the movement condones physical violence against them. Its anonymous, black-clad members routinely crash far-right demonstrations to brawl.

So — you might expect that when Antifa can’t find any fascists, it has nothing to fight. That seemed to be the situation this weekend, when a long-planned rally for far-right extremists fizzled into a paltry gathering of a few dozen white supremacists, unapproachable and nearly invisible behind a police blockade as they met without incident in a Washington D.C. park.

And yet Antifa still managed to fight — not fascists this time, but reporters.

It’s a good day for the Washington Post, which also slammed Nancy Pelosi for saying a political statement by Mitch McConnell was racist. I dunno, maybe the editors are taking their August vacation. You can hardly find this story on the Post’s webpage right now, but it is THERE.

Yesterday I noted the absence of such stories, because, you know, only Trump is a danger to the press. So today I’m glad to write that I can see one.

Part of the problem for the press in going after Antifa violence is that it seems to confirm Donald Trump’s statement last year that there was “blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville. Which is indisputably true, though of course, it’s politically incorrect not to dispute it. In fact, it’s racist not to dispute it!

So let’s give some credit to the reporter, Avi Selk, for bravely doing this story. Of course, credit from me would not be what he wants or needs, I imagine. Maybe I’m being a jerk.

Elizabeth Warren Called Out for Saying Criminal Justice System “Racist” from “Front to Back”

This is great.

Elizabeth Warren faced the following question at a town hall Thursday:

As a young American of color, your recent comments that you made a new Orleans are just a little bit concerning to me. You said that the justice system . . . is racist from front to back. I’m just concerned that your rhetoric there is inciting some of the division that you claim that the president is [inciting].

Your darn right he should be concerned. Not only does this spark division, but when a leading presidential candidate, for her own political benefit and demagogic purposes, says the Justice system is systematically working against minorities, it undermines the rule of law.

She knows this. She’s a former Harvard Law professor. That’s why she seems so defensive in her answer.

The racial division in this country was not started by President Trump. It was begun by the left and in particular Barack Obama as president with the outcry over the relatively rare instances of racist police brutality against minorities. Over a few high-profile examples, we have reintroduced racial division in this country that was healing with the election of Obama.

The only thing I got excited about with respect to Obama’s election was that he was black, which indicated the progress this country has made. He quickly got to work undoing the unity his own election had fostered.

From a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on the reasons for Chicago’s unfettered violence:

Police morale is poor. Officers told me in interviews they are afraid of doing their best in a tough situation and then losing their jobs after lawyers second-guess them based on footage recorded by their new body cameras.

Here’s another angle. Brave kid.

Trump Thanks Kanye for “Great Service to the Black Community”

Right on target. Democrats have been taking black votes for granted for far too long. Only conservative policies will improve the economic lot of African Americans and maybe start to save the black family. Not that the white family doesn’t increasingly need saving too. I hope Kanye sticks to his guns. He’s going to be… Continue Reading

Kanye West’s Support for Trump is Bad News for Democrats

Democrats have a lock of the black vote. They know they can’t afford any leaks in this ship, because if just a few African American voters start to move over into the Republican column, Democrats could lose a lot of races. Rapper Kanye West is now unequivocally supporting President Trump. And that could influence a… Continue Reading

Video || Biden Tells Al Sharpton Republicans Don’t Want Blacks to Vote

Well, say one thing about the race-baiting Biden, he knows how to please his audience, professional race-baiter Al Sharpton. And people say Trump comes up with irresponsible comments. Here’s a former vice president getting ready to turn the 2020 campaign into a race war. Remember this golden oldie, “y’all”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gII8D-lzbA Continue Reading

Democratic Caucus Chair: Efforts to Link Pelosi to the Election are Sexist

Oh boy. I mean, this is Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, a member of the House Democratic leadership, not some lunatic back-bencher. Someone has to take a stand against these kinds of attacks, which are ultimately demeaning toward women. If criticizing a woman is, ipso facto, sexist, then you are essentially saying that women… Continue Reading