President Trump & Racism: Setting the Record Straight




The 2016 presidential election was one of most arduous, polarizing, emotionally destabilizing elections in American history. The country had to choose between a known criminal with a history of deceit on a global scale and a billionaire with no political experience, widely considered a potential loose-cannon. America chose the latter and elected Donald J. Trump as leader of the free world.

Throughout 2016 America heard the worst about then-candidate Trump--allegations of being a Russian agent, as well as allegations of sexism, racism, being homophobic and transphobic. And the list goes on and on. But, after spending the past year evaluating claims made by the loudest voices standing in opposition of the 45th President of the United States, is it rational to still spew the talking points that fired up the base of his opposition?

Leftist media organizations polarized the country with wild claims and accusations that, upon examination, turn out to simply not be true. One of the big claims (that still persists to this day) is that President Trump is racist.

Trump is Racist?

Suggestions that the President is racist typically stem from several things--his comments during the campaign on some Mexican immigrants, his desire to build a wall on our Southern border, allegations of racism from the 1970s, his alleged inability to disavow white supremacists/white nationalists of the "alt-right," his desire to temporarily halt immigration into the U.S. from countries the media love to term "Muslim majority countries" and his response to Charlottesville. Taking a level-headed examination of these issues is quite revealing.

Mexican Immigration vis-a-vis Mr. Trump

Candidate Trump's contentious comments that sparked allegations of racism were as follows, "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Media outlets nationwide ran with this quote ad nauseam as some sort of proof that Mr. Trump is a racist and went so far as to suggest that he hates all Mexicans. What they left out were his comments before and after, which provided context and made very clear that Mr. Trump was simply talking about criminals that were pouring over our border. Additionally, what the President is guilty of here (and in general) is being imprecise. Mr. Trump never issued an indictment against the Mexican people. In fact, events post-campaign reveal that President Trump may have been correct in making some of his statements.

In March of 2017 it was reported that Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said, "Mexico does not have to and will not receive deportations coming from the United States." He went on to state, "the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other," and that "We also have control of our borders and we will exercise it fully."

What's interesting to note here is the full acknowledgement by Mexico that they are allowed to have control of their borders and control who does and does not come into it's country, but they do not afford the U.S. the same provision.

Additionally, Mr. Trump was certainly aware of the fact that Mexican inmates make up 54% of the non-US Citizen prison population and cost us U.S. $7.2 million per year.

All President Trump has advocated, concerning Mexico, is for the U.S. to have the same policy they advocate--border security and the ability of a sovereign nation to determine who is allowed to enter. There is nothing racist about it.

Allegations of Racism From the 70s

The Trump organization was part of a 1970s Federal discrimination suit, for allegedly turning away Black applicants, notably at a time when the organization was still headed by his father. The assertions were that they declined to rent to Blacks when spaces were available that they then gave to Whites who applied. Interestingly, the case was thrown out with no admission of guilt and with no finding of guilt.

As stated by his campaign, "This suit was brought as part of a nationwide inquiry against a number of companies, and the matter was ultimately settled without any finding of liability and without any admission of wrongdoing whatsoever.”

Disavowing White Supremacists

Arguably the favorite attack tactic against the President by the Left has been to try and smear President Trump as a person who is sympathetic to (when they're not actually labeling him as) a white supremacist.

In August of 2015, CNN reported that David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader, praised candidate Trump and said that he was the best of the lot. This comment opened the floodgates to sentiment that Mr. Trump was a racist, white supremacist, simply because Duke had endorsed him.

Notably missing from news stories was the fact that Donald Trump never once endorsed Duke or any other white supremacist. In fact, President Trump is on record disavowing racists, over and over for at least 17 years.

However, there was one presidential candidate of 2016 who did endorse a racist--Hillary Clinton.

In 2010, "then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fondly eulogized Sen. Robert Byrd, a former member and recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan. Clinton called Byrd 'my friend and mentor' in a video message to commemorate his passing."

Robert Byrd was a former KKK member who refused to join the military, stating: "I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side. ... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds." The man who made those statements is the man whom the Clintons praised, while simultaneously calling Mr. Trump racist.

Furthermore, the policies in the 1990s of then-President Bill Clinton actually resulted in increased numbers of Black people being incarcerated in the U.S.

Yet, somehow, even in the last few days of 2017, claims of racism still dog President Trump--claims which have been proven false. It speaks greatly to the shameful, unprecedented level of partisan opposition to this President and his administration.

Muslim Immigration

While on the campaign trail, candidate Trump made several statements regarding restricting immigration into the country. What we heard from mainstream news is that the President wanted to either, 1) ban Muslims from entering the country, 2) permanently ban Muslims from entering the country or 3) ban people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the country.

What they failed to do, yet again, was provide context. Candidate Trump's remarks on America accepting immigrants from the Middle East were centered on a few points (which I address at greater length in a separate post), which were that the immigration ban only selected a handful of countries--those designated by his predecessor President Obama as hotbeds of terrorism where authenticating identities are next to impossible and where there are high instances of document fraud, including forged passports. Candidate Trump proposed having a temporary ban on immigrants from these countries only, which would allow the U.S. to build a better system for background checks to vet people. After this new system was in place, immigration would be opened back up. Initially, the plan was to only have a travel ban in place for a few months.

The media spun this and made it seem as though, as President, Mr. Trump would actively seek to indefinitely ban all Muslims, because he must simply hate Muslims. But, if he were really after Muslims, then 85% of Muslims wouldn't have been exempt from his travel ban. This kind of irresponsible journalism has produced a climate where emotions have been stoked to peak levels, driving irrational fear and has even been used as the basis for court decisions that sought to stay the ban. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that the travel ban does not specifically target Muslims and that it is constitutional.

When viewed in their entirety and in context, Mr. Trump's comments make very clear that he is not xenophobic or bigoted, he is simply taking active steps to secure the nation, which is a very refreshing and sharp pivot from the previous administration.

Charlottesville

Time reported, "Violence erupted in the college town of Charlottesville on Aug. 12 after hundreds of white nationalists and their supporters who gathered for a rally over plans to remove a Confederate statue were met by counter-protesters..." The only problem with this is that only a handful of the protestors actually identified as white nationalists.

The protestors were met by counter protestors from the left, notably Antifa. What's most interesting is that the violence was started by the protestors on the Left, not the supposed white nationalists. These facts didn't make it into the television news. So, when President Trump condemned the bigotry and hatred on "all sides" he was labeled as racist for not taking an aggressive enough stance against white supremacy and white nationalists. But, the reason for the comments were two-fold, as 1) all of the facts weren't in yet and as a public official, you tend to avoid making definitive statements to avoid retractions and 2) he knew full well that the radical Leftists in attendance were the ones who started the violence. What began this whole thing?

For months the country had been subjected to Leftist temper tantrums over statues of confederate leaders and not only their demands that the statues come down, but people actually destroying these statues on their own. What seemed to drive people to protest these statues coming down wasn't the idea that they may have symbolized racism, but that the move to erase history, particularly without any sort of public discussion or ballot measure, was itself wrong.

And an accounting of the facts surrounding the Charlottesville event suggest that this event was pre-planned by local officials close to (and possibly aided by) the Obama administration, as a way to try and undermine the Trump Presidency. Mayor Michael Singer is a Democrat with close ties to the Obama Administration and John Podesta. This, on it's face, doesn't seem to be a big deal. That is, until you read about the decision-making process that day.

A Charlottesville police officer said, "We were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first. We weren’t even allowed to stop the driver as he sped away." He also said that the event was planned to further the interest of the political elites.

In such a volatile environment you would never allow protesters to get this close. You would also not allow that degree of violence to break out and then just sit back and watch, like it's some Jr. high recess fight. The crowd could have and should have been disbursed, and had the mayor not actually issued a stand down order, that's exactly what would have happened.

Mr. Trump has condemned white supremacy on multiple occasions, going back many years. And these accusations of racism for how he handled Charlottesville amount to nothing more than a shameful political attack by his opponents in politics and in the media.

Conclusion

The hysteria surrounding President Trump is unprecedented. It's also unwarranted, to anyone remotely concerned with examining factual information. And it's time to set the record straight and stop letting the loudest voices try to drown out everyone else, using false narratives in an attempt to destabilize our country.

Mr. Trump is far from perfect. But, he's also not nearly as bad as the radical left says he is. And by all accounts, based on a rational examination of available information, he most certainly is not a racist.


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