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NBA Legend Charles Barkley Slams Democrats for Only Talking to Black People ‘Every Four Years’

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I like NBA legend Charles Barkley. He’s a guy who says what he thinks and doesn’t really care how anyone feels about it.

Not so long ago, that was called “strong.” These days, I believe it’s called being an insensitive jerk. For a significant other, that’s probably accurate, but when it comes to national personalities, to a point, I prefer the previous interpretation.

And on Wednesday, Charles had strong words for Democrats.

Speaking to Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM, the sports icon recalled his efforts for Doug Jones during the 2017 race against Republican Roy Moore.

Barkley explained that he pledged Doug his assistance but ripped Dems in general:

“I said ‘Doug, I’m going to support you. I’m going to try to get every black person in Alabama to vote for you.’ And it worked out. We won for the first time in 40 years. But I said, ‘We need to start holding you Democrats accountable’ because they’ve been taking black people’s votes – and they only talk to black people every four years. All of these politicians only talk to black people every four years because they want their vote.”

And they offer nothing:

“Oh, actually, the Republicans don’t, the Democrats do. But when they get elected, they do nothing in the four years in between.”

The Alabama man also asserted Trump supporters are being wrongfully characterized as racist:

“I don’t think everybody who voted for Trump is racist … I think some of them are, but I don’t think everybody who voted for Trump is racist. But this thing started way, way back. When we started shipping all our jobs overseas many, many years ago, it was really going to have a negative effect in the long run; you notice now that all these malls and places are closing because people are doing all their shopping online, that’s going to have a negative effect … that’s not the President’s fault.”

The power forward doesn’t like talk of race being inserted where it doesn’t belong. He made that clear in January of 2016, when he accused ESPN of extreme goofiness in its framing of the Broncos/Panthers game, featuring white quarterback Peyton Manning and black QB Cam Newton:

“ESPN has already started their crap about black versus white, good versus evil—and I know a lot of those fools over there got radio talk shows. … It really annoys the hell out of me. We really just can’t appreciate the greatness of Peyton. And, clearly, Cam is on the track to become one of the greatest players ever. You can already see them framing this narrative ‘black versus white, good versus evil.’”

He said race sells:

“The best way to make talk radio good is to make it racial. … I hate bringing up the race card because there’s more important race stuff, but race does have something to do with it. There is a racial component, but I hate talking about that because we, as black people, we got way more important things where race is a factor than something silly like sports.”

As for “more important things,” when Doug Jones toppled Roy during the special election two years ago, Charles told CNN he was proud of Alabama, but he also grilled Democrats then as well, saying they needed to “get off their a**”:

“I’m so proud of my state. I love my state. We got some amazing people here. Yeah, we got a bunch of rednecks and a bunch of ignorant people, but we got some amazing people here and they rose up today. … It’s time for [Democrats] to get off their a** and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor.”

-ALEX

 

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Comic Louis Gomez Slaps Down Other Virtue Signaling Comics for Celebrating SNL Firing Shane Gillis

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The controversial firing of Shane Gillis from the cast of SNL after some edgy jokes he told on a podcast surfaced has caused a rift in the entertainment industry, with some comics taking his side while others are making it clear that they think his firing is well deserved.

As Alex Parker covered in a previous article, one of the comics in support of Gillis is SNL veteran and longtime comedian Norm Macdonald, who was also fired from the television show for telling edgy jokes. Macdonald publicly reached out to Gillis on Twitter with his condolences.

However, big-name comedians  — and I’m using that descriptor lightly — have also decided to kick Gillis while he’s down, and this has caused comic Luis J. Gomez to jump into the fray to defend Gillis.

It started with comic Christopher Titus complimented comedian Judy Gold for outing Gillis. Both comedians seem to believe that Gillis wasn’t pushing boundaries and was just being a “bro-douche-weak AF” person.

Thanks to [Gold] for shining a light on what a bro-douche-weak AF- mommas boy Shane Gillis really is. What he said doesn’t “push boundaries” it’s just lame. Biggest sin a comic can commit,” tweeted Titus.

Gold thanked Titus for his tweet.

On a personal note, the biggest sin a comic can commit is not being too edgy. Comics use edge all the time, and what seems to be pardonable or “too far” changes with someone’s political alignment, at least nowadays.

Luis J. Gomez, a comic, seems to believe as I do and called out Titus for what the gravest sin a comic can commit actually is throwing another comic to the wolves in order to virtue signal to appease people who have lost any semblance of what comedy is.

“Actually the biggest sin a comic can commit is throwing another comic under the bus for a joke. Shane is legitimately a good person. Shame on you for kicking a man while he’s down. Shame on [Gold] for taking the clicks at the expense of a fellow comic,” tweeted Gomez.

It can be argued that Gillis’s edgy jokes were shrug-worthy and unfunny at best, but if we’re going to wreck a man’s career over a couple of things he said, then it’s odd that we’re being choosy about who gets to keep their career and who doesn’t. As I stated in a previous article, both Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer still have thriving careers after both of them made overtly racist jokes.

Both are social justice warriors and remain untouched by cancel culture.

Gomez is correct. The fact that other comics have resorted to putting down other comics in order to boost their own careers is gross, especially considering that they’re doing so through political avenues and not through their professed medium. It’s cowardly.

Being edgy is sometimes part of being a comic. Finding boundaries and pushing them is a thing that benefits comedy, and it could be argued that it’s comedy’s responsibility to do so as it prohibits the creation of sacred cows. If society takes something too seriously, society gets a bit ridiculous about it. Comedy keeps us grounded.

Comics attempting to censor or cancel other comics isn’t just a betrayal, it’s comics not doing their jobs.

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Report: SNL Hired the Recently Fired Racist Comedian to Appeal to Conservatives

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The controversy behind Shane Gillis, the comedian hired and then subsequently fired comedian has made the rounds around the internet, but in case you missed it, my colleague Alex Parker detailed how Gillis lost his job thanks to cancel culture once it was revealed he had said “racist” things during a podcast.

(READ: Norm Macdonald Responds To New Comedian Shane Gillis’s ‘SNL’ Firing: ‘This Means WAR’)

Now, according to an article in Variety, the claim has been made that Gillis was hired on in the first place in order to appeal to conservatives which had largely abandoned SNL thanks to its hard-left leaning stance:

According to sources, the long-running NBC comedy show and series mastermind Lorne Michaels were actively looking to cast a comedian for its new season who would appeal to more conservative viewers. This was meant to counteract the appearance of a liberal bias on the show, given that it has seen a major resurgence in popularity in recent years with Alec Baldwin regularly portraying President Donald Trump while other cast members and guest stars have played members of his administration and those in his orbit.

It should be noted that Variety does not list who these “sources” are and, as such, this story may be a false rumor altogether. However, given that a poll in March found that 61 percent of Americans don’t watch SNL, it’s probably true that Michaels is looking to attract more viewers.

Given the left’s view of the right, it wouldn’t be too far out of the realm of possibility to assume that they believe bringing someone on who has made racist remarks in the past would make right-wingers come back. Whether or not Gillis’s words were actually racist, or an observation about racist people can be made, but the point is that SNL brass thought it racist, and looked to appeal to conservatives by bringing someone on who would use this kind of edgy language.

If the story is true and that is the case, then the left has no idea what a typical conservative believes or values.

Interestingly enough, edgy humor seems to be fine with the left so long as it appeals to the left. Any slip-ups can easily be forgiven if they vote the right way. Sarah Silverman can do blackface and still have a career. While she did lose a role in a film over it, she continues to get work.

Amy Schumer also told a racist joke about how Hispanic men are rapists and yet, continues to enjoy a steady stream of success.

Perhaps Gillis will recover from this and get work, however, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

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Watch: Al Sharpton and Dem Lawmakers Lose It As Republican Confronts Sharpton With His Own Racism

There are figures that leftists revere, and Al Sharpton is one of those figures. The man styling himself as “reverend” has been around for years thanks to making racism against black people and social justice a central issue. As such, he is often protected.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida doesn’t care about all that, and while at a House Judiciary Committee hearing about policing practices where Sharpton was considered an “expert,” Gaetz confronted Sharpton with statements he had made in the past about other races in an attempt to make it clear that Sharpton is not the best guy to take advice from.

Gaetz began by having Sharpton answer for a resolution submitted by then Rep. Joe Scarborough (now Sharpton’s fellow MSNBC host) back in 2000, which was made for “Condemning the racist and anti-Semitic views of the Reverend Al Sharpton.”

“Mr. Scarborough’s resolution began by saying, ‘Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has referred to members of the Jewish faith as “bloodsucking [J]ews”, and “Jew bastards”,’” Gaetz said. “My question to you is, does Mr. Scarborough’s assertion that you said these things, is that true or did you not say those things?”

Sharpton denied ever having said these things, calling them “patently untrue.” From here, Gaetz and Sharpton devolved into trying to talk over each other as Gaetz attempted to push more questions about things Sharpton had said, and Sharpton defending himself while attempting to run out the clock.

Eventually, Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and immediately took Sharpton’s side, banging his gavel and saying that Sharpton should get all the time he needs to defend himself since “aspersions” were cast on him.

“No, I’m sorry, Mr. Chairman, aspersions weren’t cast,” replied Gaetz, noting that he’s only asking if Scarborough’s allegations were true.

This only caused Nadler to bang his gavel harder, and let Sharpton continue.

Regardless, the back and forth continued with Sharpton either denying or making excuses for, racist things he said or did in the past. He was ultimately successful in running out the clock on Gaetz, but Rep. Jim Jordan yielded his time to Gaetz when it was his turn.

As Gaetz continued his inquiries, Democrats became upset. Both Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee and Nadler called Gaetz’s questioning “obnoxious,” which Gaetz objected to. Nadler continued by saying that “unfortunately” the rules of congress allow Gaetz to ask these questions.

Gaetz made his point, however.

“Reverend Sharpton has come before the House Judiciary Committee as a purported expert on policing. Yet his bigoted statements undermine the bipartisan work we should be doing to ensure that all citizens are able to come together and have safe communities.”

While Sharpton had a solid excuse for some of the things that he had said or done, the majority of his past comments were indeed racist and bigoted. While Democrats continue to sell themselves as the party of anti-racism, they continue to hold up figures like Sharpton who have no business representing anti-racist peoples.

What’s more, the fact that Democrats were so adamant to defend Sharpton only makes them look all the worse.

 

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Three-d’oh? Third blackface video of Canada PM emerges

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Is the Liberal prime minister Tru-done? Global News has authenticated a third incident of Justin Trudeau in blackface, following a Time Magazine exposé just a day ago over the first. Trudeau had warned of a second high-school blackface incident, but Global News reports that this is another altogether — and has apparently confirmed that with Liberal leadership:

The video, obtained exclusively by Global News, shows Trudeau covered in what appears to be dark makeup and raising his hands in the air while laughing, sticking his tongue out and making faces. He’s wearing a white T-shirt, and his jeans are ripped at the knees. It appears as though his arms and legs are covered in makeup as well. It does not appear the video was shot at the same time and place of the other photos of Trudeau in racist make-up that have emerged in the past 24 hours.

Global News initially obtained the video from a source earlier this week but had been attempting to verify it before publishing. A senior member of the Liberal campaign confirmed it was Trudeau early Thursday morning but would not comment further, simply referring Global News back to Trudeau’s comments on the matter from Wednesday evening. The source did not shoot the video but Global News subsequently reached the person believed to have shot the video. That person would not confirm or deny that it was Trudeau in the video or the time and place of the video.

The few frames of video are the third such instance of Trudeau in brown or blackface to come out in fewer than 24 hours.

Needless to say, this comes at a very bad time for the Liberal Party leader. He just called for elections, as The Hill notes, and this isn’t the only scandal for which Trudeau has to answer to voters either:

The new controversy emerges at a delicate time for Trudeau, who is campaigning ahead of a reelection bid on Oct. 21.

He’s already facing a separate scandal after a Canadian ethics commissioner released a report last month that found he violated ethics rules when he tried to pressure his former justice minister and attorney general to drop charges against a Quebec-based company.

Needless to say, just one of these photos or videos are usually enough to derail a political career. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has thus far remained in office despite a blackface photo in his high-school yearbook, but he can’t run for a second term and isn’t likely to win any other office in the future. Had Trudeau not called an election, he might have had the option of keeping his head down and waiting for the scandal to pass, too.

Of course, that assumes that the scandal only involved one or two incidents. Within less than a day, people have dug up three on Trudeau. How many more are out there? Does Trudeau himself even know? He tried to pre-empt the sensationalism of the second by admitting to it before it emerged, which was supposed to make him look honest and repentant. Now it looks more calculated and strategic than honest, and if more come out it will backfire even further.

Or will it? The Global News anchor summed up the situation well:

Justin Trudeau has a history of progressive policies, appointing people to Cabinet, where he’s demonstrated that he is trying to be diverse. What happens now that videos like this come out? The incident in high school — he was in high school. The incident here — he is not in high school, and the other incident he was a teacher. So you’re now looking at three separate incidents. That becomes much harder to explain.

I’d guess that they’ll use that first sentence to explain away the rest. Hey, he’s a progressive so he can’t actually be a racist! Northam tried that strategy too in an attempt to stave off demands for his resignation, and … it seemed to work pretty well. Of course, having the next person in line get accused of two sexual assaults might explain why the national news media lost interest in Northam’s blackface history, too. Let’s see what the Grits come up with in response.

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With Brownface Photos, Is Trudeau Who He Portrays Himself to Be?

The revelation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada dressed up in brownface makeup at an “Arabian Nights” party has reinforced a narrative that has dogged him throughout his political career and now threatens his re-election: that he isn’t really who he portrays himself to be.

Mr. Trudeau has long cast himself as a glittering spokesman for the world’s beleaguered liberals, standing up to President Trump, supporting gender and Indigenous rights, welcoming immigrants, and fighting climate change and racism.

But that carefully calibrated image suffered a major blow on Wednesday when the photo emerged. Taken in 2001, while Mr. Trudeau was 29 and teaching at a school in Vancouver, British Columbia, it showed him in brownface makeup and a turban at the party, his arms wrapped around a woman.

It comes only a few months after accusations surfaced that Mr. Trudeau had bullied his former justice minister and attorney general, an Indigenous woman, while pressing her to settle corruption charges against a major Quebec engineering company. When she didn’t comply, she accused him of demoting her.

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The episodes are not the only strikes against Mr. Trudeau’s meticulously crafted liberal image. On Wednesday, he admitted to dressing up in blackface while performing “Day-O,” the Jamaican folk song, in high school.

And early Thursday morning, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation posted another photo from 2001 that originally appeared in the school’s newsletter. In it, Mr. Trudeau, again in brownface and wearing a turban, has his arms around two Sikh men.

“Justin Trudeau has carefully crafted an image of what Canadians aspire to: hope, openness to the world and youth,” said Jean-Marc Léger, chief executive of Léger, a leading polling company in Montreal. “The blackface episode shatters that perfect image and casts questions on his authenticity.”

Nevertheless, he said, Canadians were a “forgiving people” and predicted that Mr. Trudeau, who on Wednesday night apologized repeatedly for behavior that had taken place nearly two decades ago, could still recover.

Nik Nanos, the founder of Nanos Research, an Ottawa polling firm, said that finding a way back, while not impossible, will be very difficult for Mr. Trudeau and his Liberal Party.

“This is about as bad news as you can get in a campaign,” he said. “The Liberals have to find a way to change the channel.”

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Did Biden’s “record player” answer sink him?

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Ever since Ed initially covered Joe Biden’s mind-boggling “record player” answer at the last debate the media has been knocking this one around. (Though far more gently in most cases than the treatment President Trump receives for far more minor slips of the lip.) Some are still insisting that this was the gaffe that was finally going to sink Crazy Uncle Joe, though the chatter on cable news has already died down a bit as of this morning.

So is this it? Is this the end? Taking the affirmative side in this debate is Salem’s own Hugh Hewitt, writing at the Washington Post. He’s taken time to analyze precisely what went down and come to the conclusion that this could indeed be the beginning of the end.

Just to be sure I heard it correctly, I replayed former vice president Joe Biden’s eye-popping gaffe from Thursday night’s debate instructing poor parents to put the record player on to help their children learn. “#Record player” was trending on Twitter by the time I took to the airwaves at 6 a.m. Friday, so my suspicion had already been confirmed: This was more than a gaffe that causes eye rolls. It was one of those gaffes that underscores a candidate’s central weakness and continues to bleed away votes long after its utterance.

Recall Sen. John F. Kerry’s “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” or then-President Gerald Ford’s famous “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe” from a 1976 debate. Gaffes are like sharks. Some are sand sharks that scare you. Others are Jaws-like beasts. After Thursday night, Biden is going to need a bigger boat.

I’m going to take this opportunity to at least partially disagree with Hugh, even if we arrive at the same eventual destination. What he’s focusing on is the clear, though unspoken message in Biden’s answer. Of course, it was rather hard to parse out exactly what he meant. I watched as a number of the more liberal cable news talkers struggled to pick apart that answer, often using an awkward phrase like, at least what I think Biden was trying to say

As to the substance of the answer, I have to agree. It seems clear that Joe Biden was implying that black families aren’t spending enough time with their children at home and participating in their education. And if that interpretation really catches fire among primary voters, it’s going to be a huge albatross around his neck. Of course, what Biden was saying is absolutely true, but it’s in no way restricted to black families. I’ve spent many posts here bemoaning the way parents these days too often look at public schools as free baby sitters while they go to work and dump the job of preparing them for college and adulthood in the schools’ laps. This problem crosses all racial and religious boundaries, from what I can tell, with the possible exception of Asian communities.

But Joe has made plenty of mistakes in the past and seems to be forgiven, so I don’t think the racist angle of that answer is what will sink him. (If, indeed, he sinks at all.) The bigger issue, at least to me, was the mangled and meandering way that answer came out in real-time. Hugh sort of alluded to this aspect in his column, but let’s look at some sections of the record player moment in detail.

Redlining banks, making sure we are in a position where — look, you talk about education.”

This was the first point where he got through half a thought about his own record and then, like a needle skipping over several grooves on a record (sorry), he jumped into a new topic. Continuing:

Number two, make sure that we bring in to help the teachers deal with the problems that come from home. The problems that come from home, we have one school psychologist for every 1,500 kids in America today.”

The “problems that come from home.” He even repeated it. Then he veered off into a lack of school psychologists. (Not a problem caused at home.) Did he already sense he was getting into hot water? If so, it didn’t stop him.

The teachers are — I’m married to a teacher, my deceased wife is a teacher. They have every problem coming to them.”

Again, he starts a sentence, gets a few words into the thought and suddenly goes crashing off into something else. Repetitively. And then the wheels really come off.

It’s not that they don’t want to help. They don’t — they don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television — excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the — the — make sure that kids hear words.”

As I mentioned above, you can clearly read some racism into that part of the answer if you wish. But it’s the sentence structure that should be more alarming. It sounds like his train of thought was acting like a ping pong ball. Televisions, record players, making sure the kids hear words.

I know we’re not supposed to bring this subject up in polite society, and the President, along with the other frontrunner Democratic candidates are all septuagenarians. But that answer just sounded like the disjointed ramblings of somebody who is having a hard time mentally coloring inside the lines. By the time he was finished, I was unsure if he even remembered what question he was answering.

This is a delicate topic and I’m not trying to be unkind to Biden or any of the rest of them. I’ve nearly hit the age where I qualify for Social Security and I’m already forgetting far too many things and having my share of senior moments, so I honestly do sympathize. And I also know that some people live to far greater ages than Biden and remain sharp as a tack. (I’ll toss Bernie Sanders a bone here and say that I see no signs of his mental capacity flagging. He just has awful policies.)

In closing, if this record player answer lives on and comes back to significantly damage Biden, it’s not going to be for the racism component. I think that rambling diatribe of an answer is going to be leaving a lot of voters guessing that Joe’s mind just isn’t what it once was and will only get worse over the next four or eight years. And that may not be a risk they’re willing to take.

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Biden: White people don’t get it

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Former Vice President Joe Biden traveled the well-worn Democratic practice of addressing the congregation in a primarily African-American church yesterday. Despite what should be a fairly obvious problem in the whole Separation of Church and State thing, candidates seem to do this every cycle. The big takeaway from his sermon, er… speech, was that he wants to show the country that he’s as woke as the rest of the field when it comes to problems of systemic racial inequity. To that end, he assured the congregation that he’s fully aware that white people just don’t get it. (Associated Press, emphasis added)

Biden’s appearance comes at an inflection point for Democrats’ 2020 leader in the polls. He is trying to capitalize on his strength among older black voters while navigating criticism from some African American and other nonwhite leaders, particularly younger ones, who take a skeptical view of the 76-year-old white man’s willingness and ability to address systemic racism.

During his 20 minutes at the pulpit, Biden condemned institutional racism as the direct legacy of slavery and lamented that the nation has “never lived up to” the ideals of equality written into its founding documents. But then he added a more personal note — perhaps the closest he would come to addressing his detractors. “Those who are white try,” Biden said, “but we can never fully understand.”

White people are the worst, aren’t they?

Look, I get what Biden is trying to do here. He owes his frontrunner status – particularly in states like North Carolina – to the strong support he receives from black voters. And that support is seen as possibly being in jeopardy after a series of gaffes where he’s come off looking entirely tone-deaf on questions of race. (We’ll have more on the record player moment later today.) So this trip was probably pitched as a bit of damage control. In that regard, he seemed to do pretty well.

I also can’t entirely disagree with his message, at least in theory. The majority of black and white Americans have very different experiences growing up in America even today. But that really applies to anyone. Growing up Asian, Hispanic, Jewish or Muslim will also result in unique experiences and challenges, as much as some of us might like to think otherwise. And believe it or not, growing up white if you are poor, despite having some inherent advantages, is also no picnic. Perhaps sharing more of our experiences could help alleviate the situation a bit, but I’m no expert on that.

But nothing is going to change on the racial divide front just because one politician showed up at a primarily black church and said white people can’t understand. And it’s unclear if this is going to be an effective damage control measure. But the other question is whether or not Biden actually needed any damage control. We’ll have to wait through a couple of polling cycles to know for sure, but Biden’s support among black voters has been strong from the beginning. And those voters already knew that he’s an ancient white man in his seventies who frequently puts his foot in his mouth. I think his relationship with Barack Obama buys him a lot of forgiveness on that front.

I’m willing to offer Crazy Uncle Joe a nickel’s worth of free advice here. If his support among black voters doesn’t significantly tank by the end of the week, he should probably close the book on this chapter of the campaign and get back to his usual schtick. The more he talks about race, the greater the chance he’ll have another record player moment and seriously start digging his own grave.

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Does calling Trump a racist make him more likely to win?

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Here we find an unusual instance of someone calling for everyone to stop calling President Trump a racist. Well, that’s not unusual in and of itself. Trump’s supporters do that on a daily basis. But what makes this particular incident fall well off the top of the bell curve is that the person saying it is the very liberal WaPo columnist Dana Milbank. Has he suddenly become a Trump supporter? Is he simply trying to be charitable and defend the honor of the Oval Office? Has anyone checked to see if he’s recently fallen and struck his head on something?

No, it’s nothing like that. Milbank is making the argument that the more Democrats call Trump a racist, the more likely a bunch of marginal voters will show up and vote for him next November. And we can’t have that, can we?

President Trump is a horrendous racist. And it’s time for Democrats to stop calling him one.

Counterintuitive? Yes. But substantial evidence shows that labeling Trump “racist” backfires against Democrats. It energizes his supporters without providing any additional motivation to Democrats, and it drives soft partisans — voters who could be up for grabs in 2020 — into Trump’s arms.

This doesn’t mean letting Trump off the hook for being the racist he obviously is; I’ve been using the term for four years because it objectively describes him. But this means talking about his racism in a different way:

Milbank doesn’t simply disagree with Donald Trump’s policies. He hates the man with the burning heat of a blazing star. It shows in virtually everything he writes, so don’t mistake this column for the author trying to cut the President a break. He repeatedly calls Trump a racist himself, while offering no proof beyond the idea that some of the President’s policies designed to enforce existing laws may disproportionately impact minorities.

But what about this idea of his that Trump gathers more support when his political opponents call him a racist? It may not be as crazy as it sounds. He cites one study showing that identifying Trump as racist affected soft voters and those with “high levels of racial resentment” (including moderate and independent whites), driving support for Trump upward. Milbank offers up another recent poll showing very similar results.

It’s actually not all that crazy and falls in line with something I’ve been saying for years. Democrats and liberals constantly overplay the race card to ridiculous levels. When everything is racist, nothing is racist. And when you call everyone you disagree with a racist, nobody is going to listen when the actual racists, Klan members, and neo-nazis show up.

But hey, don’t let that stop you. People were calling him an antisemite all last year, despite a complete lack of examples to support that idea. And if you drive a few more wavering voter’s to hold their noses and vote for Trump, I’m sure he’ll send you a thank you card after his next inauguration.

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