If you thought that liberals in the media would stop characterizing Donald Trump as a racist after the election, well, we have some bad news for you. Still unable to come to grips with their stunning failure on November 8, Hillary Clinton’s media cheerleaders are pushing that narrative as hard as they ever have.
On CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, former NPR host Michele Norris went back to the old campaign playbook.
“In the phrase ‘Make America Great Again,’ there is one word that if you are a person of color that you sort of stumble over,” she said. “And it’s the word ‘again.’ Because you’re talking about going back to a time that was not very comfortable for people of color. They did not have opportunities. They were relegated to the back of the line.”
Ah, here we go AGAIN. When did Donald Trump ever say that MAGA meant rolling the United States back to the days of Jim Crow laws? When did he suggest that things were better when blacks were picking cotton on Southern plantations? Who could be so utterly ignorant as to believe that’s what he meant with his iconic slogan?
“This is a country that, you know, to be honest, was built on the promise of white prosperity above everything else,” Norris continued. She said that Trump had “deeply encoded” a message to white Americans that promised a return to those glory days.
What a bunch of racist gibberish.
First of all, why would white America be susceptible to such a message? For the past five years (at least), liberals like Norris have been telling everyone that there is this concept called “white privilege.” It means, essentially, that white people in America benefit from a host of semi-invisible advantages that are not available to blacks and other minorities. Okay. But if that’s the case – if whites are bowling with inflatable bumpers in the gutters – then why are so many of them in economic distress? Why would there be any “whitelash,” as CNN’s Van Jones described Trump’s election?
Second, no Republican presidential candidate in history reached out to black voters with as much effort as Trump. Those efforts didn’t bear much fruit, but the point is that he went out there and tried. Oh, but he was just cynically using them to reach moderate Republican whites. All right. When you ascribe your own projected motives to everything Trump says or does, you can create your own little reality.
Finally, let’s look at what Trump really means with that phrase. It is clear that he’s talking about the 1980s and 1990s. He’s talking about that explosion of American prosperity that occurred under Ronald Reagan and George Bush – the economic boom period during which he built his own real estate empire. The days when Detroit was one of the world’s leading manufacturing hubs. He’s talking about a time before Islamic terrorism, misbegotten Middle Eastern wars, and a struggling American economy.
Trump wants to go back to the policies that worked – an attitude that is the very essence of conservatism.
Those policies do not endanger black Americans…but they do endanger the Democratic Party.