The American Left Is Racist, Not President Trump

Here we go again. Politicians and pundits are falling all over each other trying to condemn President Trump yet again for some insensitive, allegedly racist tweets.

As Hong Kong teeters on the brink of mass insurgency against the fascist mainland government, and Iran’s brutal theocracy accelerates their nuclear weapons program, the top story this week is “Trump is a racist.”

How do the news anchors and commentators who spew this Trump-bashing pabulum, day after day, year after year, do so with a straight face?

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives even got into the act, voting 240 to 187 to “denounce Trump’s racist remarks targeting four congresswomen.”

Notwithstanding the fact that interpreting Trump’s tweets as “racist” requires convoluted logic, if we must obsess over race and identity, and apparently we must, it is the American Left where you will find the racists, not the White House.

Here is what the president tweeted:

The one seeming inaccuracy in the president’s tweets, the implication that all four of these congresswomen are immigrants (only Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is an immigrant), should not blind anyone to Trump’s message: There is no evidence whatsoever that the nations from which these “progressive Democrat Congresswomen”—the “squad” of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Omar—or their families or ancestors originated, offer anything that the United States might emulate to become a better nation.

These women are invited to visit Latin America, the Middle East, or Africa, and find even one nation where they would rather live.

Democrats Are the Racists
More to the point, however, it is not President Trump, but rather these congresswomen, and by extension, the entire extreme left wing of the Democratic Party, who have made race the currency of their political careers.

Among her countless gaffes, inaccuracies, and astonishingly ignorant proclamations, Ocasio-Cortez has said, “Latinos must be exempt from immigration laws because they are ‘Native’ to US’.” Nothing racist about that.

Rashida Tlaib of “Impeach the Motherf—er” notoriety, has demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dole out committee assignments based on race. Nothing racist about that.

Ilhan Omar, who among other things has claimed that “Israel has hypnotized the world,” and that “may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” also said, “This is not going to be the country of the white people.” Nothing racist about that.

As for Ayanna Pressley, she’s on record as saying “I’m not naïve. All politics is about identity.” She’s also said: “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need any more black voices that don’t want to be a black voice.” Nothing racist about that.

And what about Pelosi, the white-bashing white aristocrat who said that “her grandson’s birthday wish was to have brown skin and brown eyes”? Does anyone respect this pandering nonsense?

Meanwhile, the racist, anti-white rhetoric of the Democratic Party, echoed by the leftist media and leftist “woke” corporations, is matched by policies that harm the very people of color these Democrats supposedly champion.

Does anyone truly believe there isn’t a causal relationship between 50 years of welfare spending and the destruction of the black family, where only one-third of black households with children have a father and mother? Ah, but the “traditional family” is oppressive, patriarchal, and obsolete!

Does anyone really think affirmative action—an explicitly racist practice—does “people of color” any favors when such preferences lower academic standards to admit them into universities even when they lack the academic skills to compete with their classmates? Ah, but create undemanding “ethnic studies” majors and turn them all into left-wing activists! That they can do.

The biggest crime committed by the racist Democrats is the destruction of America’s public schools, where the leftist teachers unions have stifled innovation and accountability. The worst impact of the union grip on public education has been felt in low-income “communities of color.” Ah, but don’t fix the system, just demand more money from taxpayers!

President Trump Is Not a Racist
What President Trump has done is to challenge the narrative, built up over the last 50 years and getting worse all the time, which claims white people can’t say anything critical to “people of color.” All white people can do is be sorry, hand out more benefits, and do whatever else they’re told to do (by Democrats). To object to anything coming out of the mouths of Democrats “of color” is a “racist” transgression that ends careers and destroys reputations.

The problem with silencing an entire generation of white people in the name of fighting racism is that while they have been silent, extreme environmentalism, anti-white racism, and creeping socialism have swept across American culture, taking over our schools, universities, entertainment and media industries, our corporations, and government at all levels. Unchecked, this will destroy the country.

It is not racist to point out that mass immigration of unskilled people who are overwhelmingly non-white will result in social and cultural turmoil, especially so long as the entire culture is now geared towards teaching them a leftist lie that they are victims of white oppression.

It is not racist to point out that the reason for disparate educational outcomes, where whites and Asians outperform blacks and Latinos, is more likely caused by the destruction of the traditional two-parent family than by racism.

It is not racist to explain that affirmative action was an indulgence we could afford when “protected status groups” only comprised 10 percent of the population, but now is something that will destroy our institutions when “protected status groups” comprise more than half the population.

It is not racist to assert that the racist use of racial quotas in hiring, promotions, academic admissions, and contract bids, will exclude the more qualified in favor of the less qualified, sowing bitterness and cynicism into the hearts of everyone affected by it, at the same time as it undermines the capacities of every school, business, and government agency in America.

It is not racist to question why the overwhelming majority of immigrants to America for the past several decades speak Spanish, when we are supposedly trying to “celebrate diversity.”

And it’s definitely not racist, or condescending, or inappropriate, to condemn in the harshest terms the socialist drivel and ignorant vitriol that passes for a policy agenda, simply because it comes from congresswomen “of color.”

One of President Trump’s greatest gifts to Americans is that he doesn’t care if socialist demagogues and their allies call him a racist. He has given voice not to racism, but to a long overdue pushback against Democratic demagogues who shut down debate by screaming “racism” at anyone who questions them.

It is the Democrats, in their divisive and racially obsessed rhetoric and in the impact of their supposedly well-intentioned policies, who are the real racists.

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About Edward Ring

Edward Ring is a senior fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is also the director of water and energy policy for the California Policy Center, which he co-founded in 2013 and served as its first president. Ring is the author of Fixing California: Abundance, Pragmatism, Optimism (2021) and The Abundance Choice: Our Fight for More Water in California (2022).