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The Squad Again Feigns Outrage
Has “the Squad” worn out the race card already? It seems as if every day, four prominent first-term Members of Congress from the Democrat Party accuse someone of racism. U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar is well known for leveling accusations of racism as a shield for her anti-American, anti-Israel statements. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last week when she used a coded dog whistle to accuse her own party’s leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of being a racist.
False accusations of racism have become standard for Democrats in Congress.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib previously made headlines when she accused Congressman Mark Meadows of using a black person as a prop in a congressional hearing. In her mind apparently, white men cannot associate with persons of color unless they are exploiting them. U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who was mostly irrelevant until she attached herself to the coattails of the Squad, set a new record for modern racism in the Democrat Party, saying “We do not need any brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice…” This suggests that blacks and Hispanics need to think like her or get out of her way, thereby reinforcing the image of the Democrat plantation.
The chatter among the Squad would have simply remained a thorn in the side of Nancy Pelosi, which most Republicans around the country were enjoying watching. Trump’s attempt to rhetorically throw gas on the fire, however, gave the four lawmakers a much bigger stage for their racism claims.
Trump’s Tweets Create a Firestorm
On July 14, President Trump tweeted the following:
He also tweeted these thoughts:
“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!”
The Squad Responds
This Twitterstorm resulted in a foolhardy press conference by AOC, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley, among which only AOC looked as if she were a member of Congress, not a screaming anti-American activist. Omar accused the President of being a white nationalist, and Tlaib accused him of being a xenophobic bigot. Pressley made a massive deal of not calling the president “president” and instead referring to him as the occupant of the White House.
Fox News reported that any of the sympathy that these women had garnered from President Trump’s tweets was quickly erased by their pity party where they championed their far-Left, anti-American agenda. Trump subsequently tweeted out that “the Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party.” He later added, among other things, that “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”
False accusations of racism have become standard from Democrats in Congress. When an accusation of racism emerges, however, it needs to be examined. In the case of Donald Trump, this is obviously doubly true because of the high office that he holds. The Left is fond of pushing the trope that President Trump is a racist, but do his actions back this up?
The Four Kinds of Racism
Let’s look at the four types of racism and assess Trump’s record on each:
Direct racism: the media-industrial complex comes up short when trying to find actual examples of Trump’s direct racism. The two classic examples are one of his real estate companies did not rent to African Americans, and employees at Trump casinos accused the casino of racism because big spenders would ask that black dealers be swapped out at the table. There is no question that both of these actions are racist and should be condemned. Whenever it became clear that these were real problems within the companies, however, the managers at these establishments were replaced. Before he ran for president, his reaction to racism within his companies was apparenlty lauded so well (he was a Democrat at the time) that he received the vaunted Ellis Island Award. In both of the media’s often-cited examples, Donald Trump fought against racism.
Covert racism: Difficult to measure, covert racism mainly takes whatever form the media-industrial complex wants it to take to ruin a person’s career. The most straightforward test is whether Donald Trump avoided socializing with people of other ethnicities throughout his long and storied history as a public figure. The simple answer is that he has not. Donald Trump was, and is, a businessman and deal-maker. He associates with whoever can make Donald Trump the most money. Listing the “token” minorities that the media claims Trump “keeps around” would take several dozen pages. At some point, these people are no longer tokens and begin forming a pattern of good race relations. Luckily, many voters around the country see through this propaganda. Trump’s support among blacks has increased as much as 35% in some polls, potentially spelling disaster for Democrats in the 2020 race.
Institutional racism: If he is not directly racist, then the president must be implementing systemic policies that are anti-black and anti-Hispanic while he is in office, right? Once again, this is a myth perpetrated by the radical Left. Under President Trump, black unemployment has dropped to its lowest point in history, nearly below 5%. Hispanic unemployment is still going down and has leveled off at about 4.4%. Trump has also presided over a rise in African American and Hispanic hiring in the federal government.
Cultural racism: This is the most significant claim of racism made by the Left. Cultural racism is the catch-all category for grievances that are not necessarily based on race. When President Trump tries to ban immigration from countries with no formal system of background checks, his foes accuse him of racism against Muslims. The Muslim religion is not a race, however, and it could be direct racism to imply that all Muslims are Arab (especially when the travel ban was imposed on several non-Arab countries). When President Trump tries to enforce immigration laws that were passed by Congress and signed into law by presidents before him, he faces accusations of racism. DHS studies indicate, though, that illegal immigrants comprise various ethnicities and originate from different countries.
Patriotism Rather Than Racism
Indeed, Donald Trump hit back against the Squad, who have made their careers by spewing every type of vitriol against him, without mentioning race at all. While the president is not perfect by any means, he does not appear to be racist. Records show that he apparently had employees who, at some point in the past, had racist tendencies. By that logic, would you say Jeff Bezos was racist because a manager at Amazon operated in a discriminatory manner, or Kevin Johnson is racist because a local manager asked two black men to leave a Starbucks shop?
Of course not. Donald Trump is being singled out because the media-industrial complex continues to push the racist narrative. So is Trump racist for allegedly singling out these newcomers to Congress? No, he is singling them out for anti-American, anti-Israel, pro-Socialism comments. It is well worth noting that diversity has increased substantially in the current and previous Congress.
The Best Interest of the American People
Moreover, Trump did not criticize anyone, Democrat and Republican, irrespective of race, who is actually working (or attempting to work in the Pelosi-managed House of Representatives) in the best interests of the American people. President Trump is perhaps jingoistic, but not racist. More and more Americans are seeing through the Left’s constant cry of racism, which seems to have surpassed crying wolf for its lack of believability.
The Democrat Party has survived for nearly 50 years by convincing black Americans and other minorities to self-segregate so that the Left can manipulate them at election time. Millions of minorities across the country are nonetheless leaving the Democrat Party as part of the #walkaway campaign and the #BLEXIT movement. They are realizing that a strong America is a good America, and they are proud to be part of that America.
Dr. Christopher W. Smithmyer
Dr. Christopher Smithmyer is a writer for NRN, the Vice President of International Affairs at Brav Online Conflict Management, and an Adjunct Professor of MBA Business at Doane University. He is also part of the founding team at BlackWalletLTD, one of the leaders in stable coin 2.0 ecosystem maintenance. Dr. Smithmyer’s focus is international business and finance, along with reviews of board games, weapons platforms, and survival items.