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Why the Left’s Trump-is-Racist Trope Isn’t Working

Brett Davis

Posted on July 23, 2019 05:34

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Democrats and their allies have overplayed the race card. Also, the president is many things, but a racist he is not.

The playground insults recently exchanged by President Donald Trump and the so-called “Squad” resulted in the predictable response from Democrats and their political friends, namely that Trump is a dyed-in-the-wool racist. Much to the chagrin of said Democrats and company, the charge of racism has had little to no effect on Trump, and may have even helped bump up his approval ratings.



Why? Two reasons: 1) Democrats have a long – very long – history of reflexively labeling Republicans and conservatives as racists over legitimate policy differences and 2) Trump is not a racist.

Going as far back as 1968 (at least) and a debate between conservative William Buckley and liberal Gore Vidal, members on the left side of the political aisle have hurled accusations of racism at those on the right side of the political aisle in place of discussing issues on the merits.

Not surprisingly, the public has become inured to the left’s ubiquitous claims of racism that are often nothing more than attempts to stifle genuine debate with those on the right. Like the boy who cried wolf, Democrats have cried racism too many times.

That much is obvious in that Democrats have been reduced to lobbing the racism charge at each other in the feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the aforementioned progressive quartet known as “the Squad.”

An even bigger problem for Democrats is the fact Trump is not, despite all the weeping and gnashing of teeth from critics on the left, a racist. Let’s stipulate that Trump – a sometimes uncouth, self-aggrandizing showman prone to exaggeration and worse – is definitely a provocateur and does have some racial controversies in his past.

What he does not have, however, is a record of gauging people based on the melanin content of their skin or their ethnicity. In short, Trump did not have a reputation as a racist until he decided in 2015 to pursue the GOP nomination for president of the United States.

As president, Trump – who has dated outside his race and whose son-in-law is an Orthodox Jew – has behaved in ways that would shame any self-respecting racist: putting in place policies resulting in record low unemployment rates for minorities; presenting Tiger Woods with the presidential Medal of Freedom for his dramatic win at the Masters this year; granting clemency to 63-year-old black grandmother Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for nonviolent drug offenses; actually moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; posthumously pardoning Jack Johnson, the first black boxing heavyweight champion of the world; and designating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace a national historic park.

The public is becoming immune to Democrats’ incessant and politically-motivated cries of racism, often where it doesn’t exist. Worse, folks on the left have made it that much more difficult to identify and deal with legitimate cases of racism and discrimination.



Brett Davis

Posted on July 23, 2019 05:34

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