Trump Simply Won’t Stop Telling the Truth
By now, you’ve probably seen the clip a dozen times. A woman sitting behind Donald Trump at a Jackson, Mississippi rally, reacting in confused shock as the Republican nominee launched a new line of attack on his Democratic opponent. Her eyes go wide and she makes an expression that seems to say: “Really? You’re going there? Good luck, dude.”
If Hillary herself had been in the audience, she might have had an identical reaction.
“Hillary Clinton is a bigot,” Trump said at the rally on Wednesday night, “who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future. She’s going to do nothing for African-Americans. She’s going to do nothing for the Hispanics. She’s only going to take care of herself, her husband, her consultants, her donors…these are the people she cares about. She doesn’t care what her policies have done to your communities. She doesn’t care.”
So continues Trump’s new message, meant to reach out to minority voters who have been brainwashed into seeing the billionaire as Hitler reincarnated. Over the past two weeks, Trump made several explicit overtures to black voters while reporters snarked about the number of white faces in his crowds. He’s also “softening” his stance on immigration, telling Fox News’s Sean Hannity that while a path to citizenship was not on the table, he would “work with” illegal immigrants already in the country instead of automatically deporting them.
In conjunction with this new strategy, Trump has been on what the media calls “good behavior” lately, playing it straight and avoiding controversy. He’s been faithfully reading off the teleprompter, staying out of feuds with peripheral personalities, and, overall, acting more “presidential” than he’s been since entering the race. That’s why everyone was so eager to jump on his “Hillary is a bigot” comment. It was the best bone he’d thrown to the media in days.
But you’ll notice that they aren’t spending much time on the actual truth behind the statement. Why bother, when it can be dismissed so easily?
“Trump calls Clinton a bigot bc he (like many conservatives) thinks ‘bigot’ is a term liberals deploy arbitrarily to damage conservatives,” said Business Insider’s Josh Barro.
Liberals do indeed use that word to arbitrarily attack conservatives; their coverage of Donald Trump is the only evidence you need to make that case.
But Trump’s comment would have the ring of truth even if liberals had never accused a single Republican of racism. Democrat bigotry is subtle – no one’s waving WHITE POWER posters around or anything – but it is much more dangerous than anything that comes out of the actual white supremacist movement. The party has given lower-income blacks and Hispanics a mirage to believe in – a better future, made possible by an increasingly generous government. And yet, so many decades after LBJ’s War on Poverty, minority-dominated cities are still waiting for that mirage to become a reality.
It won’t happen. The mirage doesn’t exist and it never did. It’s a scam, and it’s one that is turning our country into a violent maelstrom of mediocrity.
Trump’s new message may or may not be a winning one, but it’s one that desperately needs to be heard.