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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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Go Home, Walsh…You’re Canceled

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My colleague Brad Slager asked earlier today – who exactly is Joe Walsh running for?

Walsh’s main selling point seems to be that he’s not Trump, but Hillary also ran on that selling point and spectacularly failed.

Walsh wants a border wall, tighter immigration laws and tougher foreign policy. All things Trump ran on. So truly all there is left is “I’m not Trump”, which Walsh should probably just go ahead and make his campaign slogan.

 “80-90% of my audience supports this President,” says Walsh. This tracks with current polling, which places GOP support of Donald Trump near 90%. He even gives anecdotal evidence in a prior interview that extends this challenging position. “The people I talk to privately tell me, ‘I can’t stand him but the Democrats are Socialists.’ Or, ‘I can’t stand him, Joe, but I like my tax cuts.’”

This means that even that small percentage sitting in opposition are not so eager to be swayed away, based on conditions that still favor Trump. So where exactly then is Walsh’s mandate to run coming from? It would have to be rooted in a personal animus because he is not entering to correct unfavorable conditions seen by voters. The only reason then is for him to serve as a poison pill in the primary, and negatively impact a popular GOP candidate.

Brad Slager is right. Walsh is a poison pill. Anthony Scaramucci isn’t directly connected to Walsh’s campaign as far as I can tell, but he was seen at a Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons over the weekend and he’s made no bones about opposing Trump in 2020. Could Scaramucci be “consulting” for the Walsh campaign, trying to drum up some financial support for a guy who could bump Trump off the ticket?

And as for minority Trump voters on the right and left? What will Walsh bring to the table for them? So far his most thoughtful message on race was telling CNN that he does not consider himself a racist but has “tweeted racist things” in the past.

Sorry, Joe. We are not buying it. Trump does shockingly well with minority voters (relatively speaking, for a Republican) and it’s not because he’s running around weeping about how he’s a racist but like…not really a racist. Trump is a baller. He’s flashy, he’s braggadocious and unapologetic. He waded in to the most hostile of political arenas in 2016 and told Black voters to give him a shot, to try something different and give him a chance to turn things around. Not everyone was convinced, but many were impressed.

Joe’s “inspiring” racial message is, yet again, “I’m not Trump”.

Sorry Joe, but a lot of Black voters love Trump and they love he doesn’t infantilize them by patronizing and droning on about his “privilege”. We don’t want that. We want a guy we can look at and say, “I wanna be that guy. I wanna be rich. I want to be powerful”. We don’t want a sugar daddy. We want a seat at the same table. With Trump, that’s what is happening.

What is Walsh offering us in place of that?

This.

Is this really who Never Trump is going to pin their hopes on?

I’m standing with the Black Conservatives Fund on this one. You’re canceled, Joe. Go home.

 

 

 

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Joe Walsh on prejudiced tweets: I’ve said racist things but I wouldn’t call myself a racist

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“I think we’re all a little bit racist,” he told CNN in a separate interview when asked about this, which may be true.

But a few of us are a lot racist.

Go read the long list of “problematic” Walsh tweets that the Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy curated. Hardcore Never Trumpers like George Conway have taken to defending Walsh’s worst rhetorical excesses on Twitter by pointing out that, unlike Trump, at least he’s apologized for his mistakes. That’s true, but when you read Dunleavy’s list you come away wondering how sincere a blanket apology can be, especially when it’s conveniently timed to make Walsh more palatable to GOP primary voters who object to Trump chiefly on grounds of fitness and character.

In fact, if you’re willing to overlook Walsh’s sins in the name of punishing Trump for his own, you’re guilty of one of the larger ironies in politics at the moment:

They’re repeating the dynamic of 2016, except instead of making excuses for Trump in the name of defeating the greater evil of Hillary Clinton they’re making excuses for Walsh in the name of defeating the greater evil of Trump. Suddenly I’m having visions of Walsh shocking the world by winning the presidency and senior White House advisor George Conway defending him circa 2021 with “At least he fights!”

Henry Olsen elaborated on the irony:

The willingness of some anti-Trumpers to tolerate Walsh, however, places their criticisms into perspective. Apparently, it’s okay when they wrestle with difficult moral decisions and decide to overlook the obvious and apparent unfitness of a man to become president, but it’s not okay when many conservatives look at a flawed president and make reluctant but rational decisions they disagree with.

I know lots of anti-Trumpers — ardent progressives, centrists, disappointed conservatives and libertarians. All are motivated by sincere principles. All are deeply disturbed by Trump’s behavior and character. I understand and respect their views.

Walsh’s candidacy forces them to make a choice. If they want people to take their moral rectitude seriously, they need to clearly and vocally reject Walsh’s effort and place their hopes in the basket of someone who isn’t Trump’s political Mini-Me. If they don’t, then it will be clear to all that they think the rest of us are, to quote Thomas Jefferson, a mere “mass of mankind … born with saddles on [our] backs” to be ridden by them, a “favored few, booted and spurred.” Or, to put it simply, they just think they’re better than the rest of us.

Walsh is doing what he can to mitigate that perception, apologizing repeatedly when confronted with the things he’s said — which is, after all, a contrast with Trump — and even parlaying his sins into an indictment of his opponent. “I think I’m partly responsible for Trump, and that’s kind of a scary thing to say,” he said to MSNBC yesterday. That’s his best chance at convincing people to forgive him for his old tweets. The problems with our party are bigger than Trump, he might say, and having encouraged reactionary attitudes in the past, I feel personally responsible for trying to set it on a better course for the future. If he treats the primary as a wider reckoning with the GOP’s turn towards white identity politics then he can run as a sort of “recovering addict” preaching to everyone else to get clean. It’s not going to win him many votes but his goal isn’t to win, obviously. It’s to give righties outside of Trump’s MAGA base reason to reconsider their support for Trump on moral grounds ahead of the general election.

I’m surprised at how restrained Trump has been in not tweeting about him yet, incidentally. It’s good strategy not to promote a no-name opponent but it must be killing him not to revisit some of Walsh’s worst utterances on Twitter. It goes against every instinct Trump has to punish his enemies personally. I bet he will start tweeting about Walsh despite his advisors’ recommendations to the contrary. He probably would have already if not for the fact that he was preoccupied this weekend with the G-7.

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Max Boot Calls National Review White Supremacist Because Everything Is Dumb

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Max Boot, who’s notoriety extends to being so continually wrong about foreign policy that he must be actively trying to fail, was the target of a recent National Review article in which he was called out for fanning the flames of racial hatred. You see, Boot in the post Trump era has done what many other “conservatives” have done. Namely, they’ve decided TV appearances and that sweet, sweet cable news cash outweigh any concern for actual conservative policy wins. These are the people who fancy themselves moral betters in the age of Trump despite the fact that their private lives rarely measure up.

Boot, Sykes, Frum, Rubin, Brooks, Kristol, etc. make up a cabal of media fixtures who have no actual following. Yet, they’ve learned they can make money by being anti-Trump and parroting woke talking points. Boot has comically “left” the Republican party about a dozen times as this point, each time demanding other real Republicans pay him respect for his principled decision. I believe he even wrote a low-selling book about it. I’m not going to waste the time to find out as it’s nothing I’m going to recommend.

Earlier, Boot wrote a piece entitled “Get a Grip White People. We’re Not Victims.” That’s news to me as I’ve never claimed to be a victim in the first place, buy hey, we are doing the broad brush thing here and Boot has to get his woke points up to remain at The Washington Post. In response to his silly screed, John Hirschauer over at National Review wrote a rebuttal. Here’s an excerpt of the National Review article that got Boot so incensed.

A responsible journalist would propose a realistic alternative for conservative whites who don’t want to cede their basic political premises but who nevertheless reject white nationalism. But Boot instead goes on a meandering tirade with scant a coherent point. Sometimes he rails against white people as such; his claims range from the tautological (“White people can be pretty clueless”) to the plainly calumnious (“ . . . the sense of outrage that white people feel when they fear losing their privileged position to people of color”). At other times, he aims his fire more narrowly on the “many” Trump supporters who assume “that white supremacy is the natural order of things.”

Like most white authors in this genre, Boot’s self-hatred is boutique and performative. His ire is directed more at White People in the abstract than with white people as such. Boot (who, it must be said, is whiter than almost anyone on the Washington Post masthead) must, for his piece’s title to make any sense, be in possession of the “grip” he’d like his fellow whites to “get.” I’m not quite sure he is.

The great shame of this piece is not that Boot had the audacity to instruct an entire racial group to “get a grip.” It is not even his almost libelous comparison of post-apartheid South Africa with the United States in 2019. It is the irresponsibility of speaking in such totalizing racial language in a time that, as he himself concedes, is “dangerous.” Max Boot can claim all he wants that President Trump is stoking the flames of race hatred, but if he really believes that, he ought to stop fanning them himself.

Sounds fair to me. What Boot is doing is exactly the kind of identity politics that the left routinely propagates. He assigns nefarious motive and faux grievance to an entire race of people, never stopping to consider most people are simply living their lives, not concerned in the least with presenting themselves as victims. Then, even as he demands subjugation of one group, he makes room for every possible grievance of other groups he deems worthy. Never once does he stop to consider people of all races are simply individuals, often with diverse viewpoints.

It’s a kind of soft racism that’s tolerated way too much in the name of inter-sectionality, which has become a religious dogma within the Democratic party at this point. Boot, desperate to be part of the club, is willing to say whatever it takes to keep the plaudits and retweets flowing.

Worse, Boot traffics in the typical “white supremacist” trope that has so perverted our politics and discourse. Don’t like someone’s views on immigration? Just call them a white supremacist. Don’t like someone’s views on the 2nd amendment? Must be a white supremacist.

In a response that would be suspected of parody if his Twitter account wasn’t verified, Boot responds to Hirschauer’s criticism exactly as you’d expect.

Everything is white supremacy.

This is what passes for intelligent thought at The Washington Post and within the greater liberal media structure these days. It’s so devoid of actual thought and evidence so as to simply be a reactionary slur at this point. In reality, it’s an abuse of language that ultimately hurts the cause of fighting against racism. If everything is racist, nothing is racist.

I’ve got my issues with certain writers at National Review. What I do know though is that they aren’t is white supremacists. But this is the future of politics on the left, which Boot is firmly on at this point. No longer do issues and details need debating. All you have to do is call your opponents racist and tacitly endorse their silencing. It’s a level of laziness that is leading to further corrosion of our society.

I’m genuinely curious how long this stupidity can last.

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Beto O’Rourke goes all-in against the “deplorables”: It’s really hard to argue that voting for Trump isn’t racist

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I don’t understand this as a matter of basic political strategy, but then I haven’t understood Beto’s strategy from day one. When he entered the race (before he entered, in fact) he was savaged by the left as a fake progressive. They feared that Betomania would spread from Texas to the national Democratic electorate and usurp their dreams of a Bernie Sanders presidency, so they unloaded on him. That should have been a clue to him that he would never succeed in winning them over, in which case he’d be better off positioning himself as a center-left candidate aiming for moderates. If you’re a liberal who’s freaked out by Sanders/Warren radicalism but also think Biden’s 10 years past his sell-by date, meet Beto! He’s young, he’s liberal, but he’s also from Texas and understands right-wing concerns. He’s not crazy! He can win!

But he didn’t do that. He ran as an ultra-woke progressive anyway. And at last check in Iowa he’s polling below one percent. I don’t get his thinking, unless my pal Karl is right: Because Beto ran as an outspoken lefty in Texas last year and nearly pulled off the upset of the decade, he “learned” that you can’t go wrong being your outspoken left-wing self. That was … not the right lesson for a national primary in which the left side of the field is crowded with an avowed socialist and several socialist-adjacents, all of whom are better known than O’Rourke. But that’s the lesson he absorbed and, by gum, he’s sticking with it. All the way to zero percent in the polls.

Think of the clip below as a counterpart to Biden adamantly refusing to call Trump a white supremacist in Iowa a few days ago despite reporters pleading with him to do so. Grandpa Joe is thinking of his bottom line: If you tell white voters in the Rust Belt that they voted for a racist three years ago you’re sort of calling them racists too, and rule one of politics is never to insult the people whose voters you’re after. You would think Democratic candidates this year would be especially sensitive to that given Hillary’s “deplorables” fiasco in 2016 and Trump’s shocking upset victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Yet here’s Beto going further than Clinton did. She claimed that roughly half of Trump’s voters might be fairly characterized as “deplorable.” He’s claiming that all Trump voters are complicit, even if they’re sticking with Trump as “the devil they know” because they’re spooked by the Democrats’ full-spectrum wingnuttery on health care, immigration, student-loan forgiveness, and on and on.

How does he walk this back next summer if, against all odds, he ends up as the nominee? How does he walk it back if he ends up bailing out of the presidential race in a few months and resorts to running for Senate again in Texas, a red state chock full of swing voters who are inclined to vote for Trump?

Maybe he’s playing a long game. He knows he won’t be the nominee and he also knows he’s unlikely to win a Senate race against John Cornyn (and that his political career would likely be over after two consecutive Senate losses). So he’s going to use his platform this year to be the “right side of history” voice in the field who savages Trump and Trump’s fans on moral grounds, hoping to make an impression in lefty minds about his moral clarity. Then, five or 10 years from now, when the demographics are more favorable to him in Texas and nationally, he’ll run again. Remember when I was the conscience of our party in speaking out against Trump? he’ll say to Democrats. They’ll remember. That’s the best I can do to explain what he’s up to right now in strategic terms — he needs to get *something* out of this doomed presidential campaign, and if he can make a mark on the liberal imagination, he has a future in the party potentially. If nothing else, these passionate monologues about Trump as a moral nightmare are guaranteed to land him a big speaking slot at next year’s convention. That’s his springboard to 2024.

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Trump: The movie coming out is designed to inflame and cause chaos!

What is he talking about now? He’s not talking about “The Hunt,” is he?

The consensus on social media is that he’s talking about “The Hunt.”

If you missed this post last night about the movie and the disingenuous attempts to spin it as biased against “deplorables,” dive in. Or watch the trailer below and see for yourself. As Seth Mandel put it, it’s basically an NRA recruiting ad. Calling this movie anti-populist or anti-deplorable is like calling “Red Dawn” anti-American/pro-Soviet because the Russians kill a bunch of Americans in the first half of the movie. It’s so wrong that it can’t be explained as a function of idiocy. No one’s that stupid. Only dishonesty explains it.

So here’s how this probably went down. Fox News heard there was a movie coming out in which the “deplorables” are hunted for sport. Then they watched the trailer and thought, “Oh, wait, the deplorables are the good guys and they rise up against the murderous rich.” But it’d be a shame to let a sweet-ass cultural grievance topic like “Elite Hollywood celebrates murder of salt-of-the-earth Americans” go by the boards, so they decided to just go ahead and pretend that that’s the takeaway from this movie. That’s how we ended up with the Laura Ingraham segment that I wrote about yesterday. Either Trump saw that segment or he saw some other Fox segment about “The Hunt” that repeated the lie that the movie is anti-deplorable, and since Trump receives the information he sees on Fox the way Christians receive Scripture, he went ahead and echoed their take on the presidential Twitter account — without even bothering to learn the name of the movie, apparently. That’s how little he cares about the culture-war fires he sets. Some movie or other whose name he can’t remember is inflammatory and racist because Steve Doocy or whoever told him so.

Where did he get the “racist” part, by the way? I count two nonwhite people in the trailer, neither one of whom speaks and both of whom look to be minor characters. The villain is a rich white woman. The hero is a blue-collar white woman. This is a movie about class, not race, and obviously so. Weird that a populist-nationalist who’s allegedly fighting for working-class Americans of all stripes would see a racial angle in a story about average people being hunted. Maybe he’s just recycling old grievances about Hollywood being anti-white…

…or maybe he’s using this as an opportunity to polish up his “us versus them” 2020 campaign message to his white base even if it makes no sense in the context of “The Hunt.” If we can pretend that Hollywood’s glorifying the hunting of average Americans here to serve a political agenda, we might as well pretend there’s a racial element to it too.

Anyway, now that He Hath Spoken, there’s no going back. Trump doesn’t apologize so he’ll have to double, triple, and quadruple down on this take no matter how wrong it turns out to be. And of course it’ll be a matter of ideological duty on the right to defend his take lest a point be scored on the president. Exit question: Who is this movie going to “inflame”? Since it’s the elite who are being demonized as monstrous psychos, should we be worried about some mom from Beverly Hills getting angry and going on a rampage?

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Biden: “Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids”?

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The Old Gaffer finally struck again last night. Joe Biden talked about education policy on the campaign trail in Iowa, trying to make a point about dumbing down schools to achieve equality. That shortchanges poor students, Biden declared, who are “just as bright and talented as white kids.”

That sound you just heard is the rest of the Democratic field licking their chops:

The biggest surprise in Joe Biden’s bid in the 2020 primary campaign is not that he’d say something like this. It’s that it took this long for Biden to stick his foot well and truly into his mouth. Donald Trump’s rapid-response guru gleefully tweeted this out and wished Team Biden “fun mitigating that one,” but they aren’t the only ones who noticed. Bloomberg not only ran with the gaffe but put it in its historical context regarding Biden’s past comments:

“We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools,” Biden said. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.” He quickly added, “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”

“We think how we’re going to dumb it down. They can do anything anybody else can do given a shot.”

Biden has been criticized for his tendency to say awkward, sometimes surprising, things. When his future boss, Barack Obama, was running for president, Biden once remarked that Obama was “clean” and “articulate,” a remark that raised eyebrows.

And here’s the Washington Post noting the Return of the Old Gaffer:

“We should challenge students in these schools that have advanced placement programs in these schools,” Biden said. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

After a brief pause, he added: “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”

His remarks prompted a stir on social media on Thursday night, with many focusing on the equivalence he drew, intentionally or not, between poor children and minority children.

The Daily Beast takes note of all the signs behind Biden that should have tipped him off to be more careful. They also took note of the irony:

Joe Biden raised eyebrows Thursday night after telling a crowd made up mostly of Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright” as “white kids.” The former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was speaking at a town hall for the Asian & Latino Coalition PAC in Des Moines, Iowa, when he made the gaffe.

“We should challenge students in these schools and have advanced placement programs in these schools,” the 2020 frontrunner said. “We have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” …

Biden, who has dubbed himself a “gaffe machine” for his well-documented history with verbal blunders and embarrassing slip-ups, has yet to comment on his remarks, which came just hours after he said President Trump “encourages white supremacists.”

Yes, that will be a bit … awkward. It might be somewhat less awkward for Biden’s Democratic opponents, who have been waiting for a Biden gaffe serious enough to knock him off his front-runner perch in the polls. However, they risk some blowback too if they start attacking Biden as a latent “white supremacist” over this remark, as Biden is generally well liked by Democratic voters, and he might still end up at the top of the ticket anyway. If so, hardball attacks on this gaffe during the primaries will haunt them in the general election. As they say, and as Clark is no doubt preparing, the ads will write themselves.

One interesting aspect of the media coverage on this is how little political cover Biden is getting from reporters. None of the coverage attempts to argue — yet, anyway — that Republicans are “pouncing” on this gaffe. Instead, they point out that Biden had to hastily add the “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids,” etc after realizing his foot was in his mouth. Well, that’s not entirely true. NBC did trot out the “Republicans pounce” in its sub-headline:

The Trump campaign immediately pounced on the 2020 Democratic candidate’s awkward remark, which he quickly corrected.

But even NBC had to note the real problem Biden created for himself:

The awkward course-correction came just days after Biden excoriated Trump for having a “toxic tongue” that he said has inflamed the nation’s divisions, saying that he lacked the moral authority to lead America.

Biden might be fortunate in that the next debate is more than a month away. This might not last as an issue long enough to have it thrown in his face by a 2%er looking to make his/her bones on stage against Biden. But Democrats can’t possibly think this will be a one-off with Joe “Indian accent” Biden, can they?

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Beto O’Rourke Assigns Blame for the El Paso Shooting

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Law enforcement work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

There have been two mass shootings in the past 24 hours, one in El Paso, TX and the other in Dayton, OH. We are still waiting on a lot of details to be made clear. There’s currently a manifesto floating around that hasn’t been confirmed to belong to the first shooter, but regardless, it’s fairly certain what his ideology was.

As always happens after shootings like these, politicians rush to play politics. For many, that takes the form of renewed calls for gun control. What those measures are or how they’d prevent said shootings is almost never made clear. There won’t be any rational conversations taking place over the next few days on possible solutions. Just a lot of painting one’s political opponents as evil.

Beto O’Rourke decided to enter that fray yesterday.

Currently sitting near the bottom of the Democratic field, I suppose Beto felt the need to make headlines. Blaming the President for a mass shooting will do the trick.

I’m in no mood to talk politics this morning, but I’ll just say this. We still don’t even know the full scale of this maniac shooter’s ideology and people are already rushing to blame Trump and all Republicans because that’s what they always do.

This is a one way street of course. When a Bernie supporter shoots up a baseball field, we are quickly assured that accusing Trump of killing people via Obamacare repeal had nothing to do with it. When an Islamic jihadist kills 49 people at a nightclub, he’s described as a “lone wolf” and we are told it’s insensitive and insulting to expect condemnations from Muslims. When an Antifa member tries to firebomb an ICE facility, the media doesn’t even report on it, much less point out he was using the exact rhetoric Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was spreading.

Yet, when a white supremacist perpetuates an act of evil we can never just blame the shooter and the radical ideology being propagated on garbage sites like 8chan. Instead, everything suddenly broadens into every Republican being responsible, including the President. No Republican, including Trump, has ever called people to shoot up Wal-Marts or bars. Period. The person to blame here is the shooter and a gross ideology.

Beto O’Rourke is not a serious person. To come out and try to make this about himself by ranting for the cameras that the President is a racist who is responsible for this shooting is simply disgusting. It’s standing on the bodies of the dead to try to try to help yourself politically and deserves condemnation.

Everyone needs to take a step back right now.

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Beto O’Rourke Assigns Blame for the El Paso Shooting

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Law enforcement work the scene of a shooting at a shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at a shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (AP Photo/Rudy Gutierrez)

There have been two mass shootings in the past 24 hours, one in El Paso, TX and the other in Dayton, OH. We are still waiting on a lot of details to be made clear. There’s currently a manifesto floating around that hasn’t been confirmed to belong to the first shooter, but regardless, it’s fairly certain what his ideology was.

As always happens after shootings like these, politicians rush to play politics. For many, that takes the form of renewed calls for gun control. What those measures are or how they’d prevent said shootings is almost never made clear. There won’t be any rational conversations taking place over the next few days on possible solutions. Just a lot of painting one’s political opponents as evil.

Beto O’Rourke decided to enter that fray yesterday.

Currently sitting near the bottom of the Democratic field, I suppose Beto felt the need to make headlines. Blaming the President for a mass shooting will do the trick.

I’m in no mood to talk politics this morning, but I’ll just say this. We still don’t even know the full scale of this maniac shooter’s ideology and people are already rushing to blame Trump and all Republicans because that’s what they always do.

This is a one way street of course. When a Bernie supporter shoots up a baseball field, we are quickly assured that accusing Trump of killing people via Obamacare repeal had nothing to do with it. When an Islamic jihadist kills 49 people at a nightclub, he’s described as a “lone wolf” and we are told it’s insensitive and insulting to expect condemnations from Muslims. When an Antifa member tries to firebomb an ICE facility, the media doesn’t even report on it, much less point out he was using the exact rhetoric Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was spreading.

Yet, when a white supremacist perpetuates an act of evil we can never just blame the shooter and the radical ideology being propagated on garbage sites like 8chan. Instead, everything suddenly broadens into every Republican being responsible, including the President. No Republican, including Trump, has ever called people to shoot up Wal-Marts or bars. Period. The person to blame here is the shooter and a gross ideology.

Beto O’Rourke is not a serious person. To come out and try to make this about himself by ranting for the cameras that the President is a racist who is responsible for this shooting is simply disgusting. It’s standing on the bodies of the dead to try to try to help yourself politically and deserves condemnation.

Everyone needs to take a step back right now.

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The Atlantic Unearths New Audio, Claims to Show Ronald Reagan Was a Racist

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It’s almost like there’s a concerted effort going on here to paint Republicans as racist.

The Atlantic is touting newly unearthed audio showing former President Ronald Reagan disparaging African delegates at the United Nations. That’s African, as in countries on the continent, not Americans.

The day after the United Nations voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China, then–California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Richard Nixon at the White House and vented his frustration at the delegates who had sided against the United States. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” Nixon interjected. Reagan forged ahead with his complaint: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon gave a huge laugh.

This took place in 1971. The context is that the UN, being the dumpster fire of an organization that it is, had just voted to recognize China over Taiwan. Some African nations sided against the United States (who history would undoubtedly prove right) and that obviously had Reagan and Nixon incensed.

As to the remark, the early 70s were obviously a very different time with very different standards, even if we agree those standards today were not good. Secondly, it’s not even clear that Reagan meant this as broad “racism” as much as a criticism of the behavior of a specific African country.

When the UN took its vote to seat a delegation from Beijing instead of from Taiwan in 1971, members of the Tanzanian delegation started dancing in the General Assembly. Reagan, a devoted defender of Taiwan, was incensed, and tried to reach Nixon the night of the vote. Reagan despised the United Nations, which he described as a “kangaroo court” filled with “bums,” and he wanted the U.S. to withdraw from full participation immediately. Nixon was asleep when Reagan called, so they spoke the next morning.

The point is, I don’t know what was in the guy’s heart, nor do I think a single line defines a person anyway. The remark was ill-advised and insensitive, but I don’t believe Reagan meant it as a racist indictment of all black people. I think he was really mad at some of the African delegates and vented in an offensive manner. Nothing about his record showed him to actually believe blacks were “inferior,” as the article supposes.

This hit piece from The Atlantic is bad faith all around, but that’s been their mark for a long time. Of course, this was all dug up specifically to hit Donald Trump.

The past month has brought presidential racism back into the headlines. This October 1971 exchange between current and future presidents is a reminder that other presidents have subscribed to the racist belief that Africans or African Americans are somehow inferior. The most novel aspect of President Donald Trump’s racist gibes isn’t that he said them, but that he said them in public.

In other words, Reagan was a racist but Trump is worse because he said things in public.

Never mind that nothing Trump said was objectively racist. The comments on “the squad” could be loosely described as xenophobic if you make certain assumptions, but there was no racial element at all. Trump was clearly not targeting them because of their race but because they are the most outspoken, radical elements of the Democrat party.

As to his latest comments,  there was no racial connotation whatsoever in his criticism of Baltimore and Elijah Cummings. In that case, we know exactly why he targeted Cummings. It was over a dishonest, gross rant he aimed at Sec. McAleenan. Baltimore is the most murderous city in the world and has extreme levels of poverty in the city proper. Those were all the reasons the President needed. There was no secret racist motive and we know that because Trump has used language like “drug-infested” before to describe predominantly white areas like New Hampshire.

Yet, it was racist because the smart set in the media told us it was. And to prove their point that this is a normal, evil Republican thing, they went and dug up this old tape of Reagan to slander his legacy because getting Trump is always worth it.

Of course, you could find more examples than you can count of past Democrat Presidents saying and doing racist things, especially given they are the party of Jim Crow and segregation. That doesn’t fit the narrative though, so going after Ronald Reagan gets the go ahead instead.

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