Good Morning, everyone…
1. “Morning Joe” Scarborough went on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”-–where President Trump is officially referred to as Putin’s “cockholster”—and played to the anti-Trump audience by announcing that he was leaving the Republican Party as cheers rang out in Colbert’s echo chamber. More blatant pandering virtue-signaling and grandstanding would be hard to imagine.
Scarborough has followed up his short, undistinguished career as a conservative GOP congressman by playing on-air conservative foil to his supposedly opposite-minded co-host Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC while that network attacked Republicans on every show and all day long. In really, we have learned, he and Mika were sufficiently sympatico to be having a romantic affair while posing as journalists, meaning that the whole format was an act as well as an extended date. Scarborough was also complicit in helping Trump to the nomination of Joe’s alleged party by promoting him until he had nabbed the nomination. Once the Miracle of November 8, 2017 occurred, Joe made the obligatory U-Turn.
Never mind: I don’t care how Scarborough or anyone else registers; what matters is if they have the integrity to vote for the best candidate whatever party he or she represents. I do care that Scarborough used the smear that President Trump is a racist, and expressing to Colbert his disgust that GOP lawmakers, he claims, have refused to admonish Trump’s “racist” statements and election promises. This is another sloppy chunk of the anti-Trump false narrative, and by resorting to it, Joe proves, not that he isn’t a Republican, but that he is a race-baiting character assassin.The evidence that the President is racist is elusive, but the smear is repeated among the resistance as truth so frequently that it has reached Big Lie status.
2. In February, the left-biased, Trump-reviling Huffington Post purported to list “16 Examples” of Trump “being a racist.” The whole campaign, his whole career,, with Democratic groups and activists repeating the slur for months, and this was what they could scrape up. (Spoiler: it’s pathetic…)
Some of his top advisers and cabinet picks have histories of prejudice.
The fact that this is #1 shows how weak the entire “Trump is a racist” claim is. Top advisors of virtually ever President have been accused of prejudice. The Huffington Post’s support for this claim is based on what political enemies of various individuals have alleged. There is no evidence that Jeff Sessions is “prejudiced,” for example. He was crucified for arguably racially-insensitive off-the -cuff comments made in private 40 years ago. Even if critics were accurate about Sessions, having an advisor or cabinet appointment who has a “history of prejudice” is not the equivalent of “being racist.” The Eisenhower Administration recruited a brilliant rocket scientist who wasn’t just accused of being a Nazi, he was one. Did that make Ike a Nazi? By Huffpo’s logic, it did.
Trump denied responsibility for the racist incidents that followed his election.
Of course he did…because he wasn’t responsible. Not playing the “when did you stop beating your wife” game is not “being racist,” it’s called “not being stupid.”
He accused the media of overstating the attacks.
HuffPo’s post went up in February. Many of the alleged hate-attacks have been subsequently shown to be hoaxes. It’s not “being racist” to accurately state the truth.
He launched a travel ban targeting Muslims.
Trump’s temporary restriction on travel from some Muslim countries was anti-terrorism, not anti-Muslim. A unanimous Supreme Court doesn’t think the “ban” is racist.
Trump has characterized people from that region of the world as being “terror-prone.”
Gee, why would he ever think that? Must be racist! (Warning: I may tire of this ridiculous list before I get through it.)
He attacked Muslim Gold Star parents.
Classic. Trump (stupidly) attacks anyone who attacks him, but if one of those attacks is on someone who isn’t as white as the Pillsbury Doughboy, it’s “being racist.”
He claimed a judge was biased because “he’s a Mexican.”
Same thing. Trump, having been widely and falsely portrayed as being anti-Mexican, said that a Mexican-American judge might be biased against him…because Trump had been portrayed as anti-Mexican. That statement was many things, including ignorant, but not “racist.”
The Justice Department sued Trump’s company in 1973 for not renting to black people.
Ugh. An accusation is not a judicial finding. Trump’s company is not Trump.
Discrimination against black people has been a pattern throughout Trump’s career
Here’s what the virulently anti-Trump writer, Daniel Marans, calls proof of this: 1)Workers at Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism over the years. (Accusations are not proof.) 2) The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. (That proved the gambler was racist, and that the casino was greedy and without principles. Not “racism.”) 3).”The first-person account of at least one black Trump casino employee in Atlantic City suggests the racist practices were consistent with Trump’s personal behavior toward black workers.”
There’s more: it’s all like this.
Trump has also faced charges of reneging on commitments to hire black people.
Charges are not evidence. Do you sense a pattern here? Recall yesterday’s post about the BLM leader claiming that a “Planet of the Apes” movie is racist. By the reasoning of this piece, it is.
Three times in a row on Feb. 28, Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke
Cowardly? Maybe. It is not “being racist” to refuse to jump through a hoop when the Left or the news media demands it.
The Trump campaign announced that one of its California primary delegates was William Johnson, chair of the white nationalist American Freedom Party. The Trump campaign subsequently said his inclusion was a mistake, and Johnson withdrew his name at their request.
Unless it can be shown that Trump himself knew about the delegate and knew his background, this is a ridiculous stretch—like the rest of the list.
After the election, Spencer’s National Policy Institute held a celebratory gathering in Washington, D.C. A video shows many of the white nationalists assembled there doing the Nazi salute after Spencer declared, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”
Other people doing offensive things are Trump “being racist.” Wow.
Good advocacy there, Sparky.
He questioned whether President Obama was born in the United States.
…because any attack on President Obama, fair or (like this one) unfair, was by definition racist. We heard eight years of this from Democrats, Obama officials, African Americans and MSNBC. More: “In September, under pressure to clarify his position, Trump finally acknowledged that Obama was indeed born in the United States. But he falsely tried to blame Hillary Clinton for starting the rumors.”
(Hillary’s campaign did start the rumors….not that this excused Trump. But it also wasn’t “being racist” point it out.)
He treats racial groups as monoliths.
All politicians treat all groups as monoliths in their rhetoric when it suits their purpose. Hillary Clinton spoke of women as monoliths and Trump supporters as monoliths. This is not an example of “being racist.”
At the first presidential debate in September, Trump claimed African-Americans and Latinos in cities were “living in hell” due to the violence and poverty in their neighborhoods.
Of course, when community activists or journalists make the equivalent observation in more subtle terms, they are being responsible.
That’s it…that’s all I can take—the list is all like this. Of course it also includes the standard distortion of Trump’s statement that launched his campaign, claiming that Trump was condemning “immigrants” (he was talking about illegal immigration) and that he said that “all Mexicans are rapists and murderers.” (No, he didn’t.) The various incidents and statements show a man who is undiplomatic, rhetorically awkward, impulsive, ignorant and not very bright—but the evidence that he is “racist” is entirely based on confirmation bias and is desperately contrived. If the same standards were applied to, say, Joe Biden, his comments that candidate Obama was “clean” and “articulate” would be cited as Biden “being racist.”
By endorsing this smear campaign with Colbert, “Morning Joe” not only announced that he was not a Republican, he proved that he was not a journalist.
But we knew that…
3. The morning warm-ups risk becoming collections of issues I’m sick of writing about. Here’s one: James Comey’s self-admitted leak contained classified information. (In a typical sloppy tweet, the President termed the illegal disclosures “top secret,” allowing integrity-free Comey fans to shift the focus to another “Trump lie.”) Can’t do that! Now the complicit law professor who relayed Comey’s leaks is defending his pal by saying that there was no material marked classified.
Hmm…where have I heard that dodge before? As he did when Hillary’s attempted cover-up resorted to this deceit, Jonathan Turley eviscerates the dodge, while also pointing out that Comey himself had rejected it in Clinton’s case. Turley concludes…
Comey clearly leaked non-public information. While he claimed that his memo did not contain classified information, they reportedly did. The fact that he used a surrogate like Richman to leak to the media would not change the analysis. To use his own words, his actions at best showed extreme carelessness in violating the very rules that he imposed on others.