Let’s finish the survey of the allegedly racist statements the “resistance’s” Big Lie strategy requires us to accept as part of its efforts to denigrate and marginalize the duly elected President of the United States.
Next up for debunking….
- “Shithole countries.” This isn’t just a contrived race-bating gotcha, it’s a hearsay contrived race-baiting gotcha. I wrote about this one enough here.
It’s pure crap, ironically enough.
- “Very fine people on both sides.” The Big Lie purveyors will flog this one forever. Once again Trump’s inability to use his native tongue with nuance gave his critics a club to beat him with when he declined to accept the “good vs evil” characterization of the Charlottesville riot that was being pushed by the media. He should have said there were horrible people on both sides, for there certainly were. The protest march organized by a white supremacist group to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue by the history-censoring Left undoubtedly had non-white supremacists in the group: I, for example, strongly object to tearing down Lee’s statues, and I’m a very fine people. The group that arrived to turn a peaceful an d Constitutionally protected march into a battle did not deserve the blanket endorsement the Left insisted upon: they were in the wrong, and precipitated the violence. Moreover, the President stated clearly that there was no excuse for white supremacy or bigotry. Once, admitting the humanity of your adversaries and those you disagree with was regarded as virtue. Now, it makes one a racist.
The revisionism that has caused some critics to reject Atticus Finch as a role model is based on his telling Scout in the novel that some of his racist neighbors are still good people who have some very wrong beliefs. Atticus would have endorsed the President’s words.
- “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime…,” oh, hell you probably have it memorized. BOY, am I sick of knocking this one down. I debunked the argument that his statement in his announcement of his hopeless quest for the White House was racist or anti-Mexican here, and it wasn’t hard. here’s the whole section of the speech:
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. 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.
But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
Trump was talking about illegal immigrants, not “immigrants,” as the statement was widely distorted to mean. He did not say, either, that all illegal immigrants were criminals, rapists or murderers.
The Washington Post’s B-Fact checker, Michelle Ye He Lee, “disproved” Trump’s statement like a typical fact-checker: she lied and obfuscated. “Data on immigrants and crime are incomplete, ” her Factcheck begins, “but a range of studies show there is no evidence immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans.”
That’s irrelevant, since Trump was only talking about illegal immigrants, not immigrants. It’s also a non-argument. I haven’t seen data on whether illegal immigrants commit more crimes than legal immigrants, but I would say it makes sense that that would be the case, since they break laws at the very beginning of their stay here. Trump was saying, albeit in his own, infuriating, sloppy and semi-articulate way, that people who have no right to be here commit crimes. Who cares how many commit crimes, or how often, compared to citizens and legal immigrants who are here legally? The point is that if one single American suffers because a crime has been inflicted on them by an illegal immigrant, that’s wrong, and should not be tolerated.
It’s not racist to point that out. It’s true, and most Americans agree with it, as do I. This one is particularly sinister, as part of the open-borders faction on the Left to frame opposition to illegal immigration as racist.
I left the dumbest for last….
- “Pocahontas is at it again!” That Newsweek could even fill it cover with enough fake “racist”statements by the President shows how embarrassing unsupported this Big Lie is. Now, if Trump called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” to mock her race and ancestry as a Native American, that would be a slur. But that’s not what he was doing. He was mocking her decades-long, dishonest posing as a Native American to benefit from her false claim of minority status. This is sarcasm, not racism.
The most damning statement on the cover is, ironically, the one where Trump claimed to be “the least racist person.” He can’t possibly know that, so it’s one more case of the President foolishly asserting as fact what is merely opinion or delusion.
That statement, however, proves he’s a racist as much as any of the others on Newsweek’s unethical cover: not at all.