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Five Myths Leftists Push About Donald Trump and Conservatives

A primer on the Left’s most self-soothing and tiresome fables.

The head of the Republican Party at this moment is President Donald Trump, and conservatives generally agree with him on most of his policy positions. Although conservatives may wish at times to rearrange some of his sentences, especially on Twitter, they recognize that the Left is fully committed to slandering the president and, by extension, them. Here are five of the most common ways they do this. 

Myth 1: Trump is a racist

When you ask a leftist why they think Donald Trump is racist, they usually cite two things. One of them is from his “inflammatory” announcement speech at Trump Tower in 2015, when he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime.

But what’s actually going on at the border?

Human trafficking remains a real and deadly problem. Women and children trying to get across our southern border are raped, sometimes sold into sex or labor slavery, and some are left to die in the desert. Can we call the criminals who gain from this practice “good people”? 

The Rio Grande Valley in Texas saw 2.9 million pounds of drugs seized between 2012 and 2015 and there were 3.9 million pounds seized in Arizona as it crossed our southern border during the same time frame. The people trafficking those drugs aren’t of sweet and sunny dispositions, and some may even call them “bad people.” 

In 2015, Barack Obama’s DEA reported that Mexican gangs “remain [the] greatest criminal drug threat to the United States.” I would bet in a pinch that Obama would probably admit that he wouldn’t want to walk into a dark alley and meet up with a Mexican gang member running drugs.

The next thing the leftist will say is “Charlottesville!” to try to make you forget about Mexican gangs. “Charlottesville” is supposed to indicate to “woke” folks that our president is no better than a KKK member, an Archie Bunker type whose hatred for any color other than pasty-white is absolute. When the city government of Charlottesville, Virginia voted in 2017 to remove a statue of Robert E Lee, it inspired protesters and counter-protesters—each side was largely peaceful, but there were a few idiots in the crowd, and one committed the heinous crime of running over a protester, killing her and injuring others.

President Trump commented on this, noting there were good people on both sides. There were. Here are the president’s actual words: “Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group—excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.” 

And then, crucially, he followed up with: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”

So, he actually condemned white nationalists and neo-Nazis, but that’s not what the mainstream media reported. The Daily Caller documented at least five times the New York Times misquoted the president following Charlottesville. John Lott, Jr., writing for The Hill, described how ABC and NBC got Charlottesville wrong, and how most mainstream media is too quick to believe negative stories and quotes taken out of context coming from our president.

It doesn’t matter that he has employed thousands of Americans of all races. It doesn’t matter if “Rev. Jesse Jackson once praised [him] for being a “friend” who embraced “the under-served communities.” It doesn’t matter if he sheltered a minority pop star whose family members were found murdered in 2008. It doesn’t matter if he’s given more money to Historically Black Colleges and Universities than any other president or signed into law the First Step Act and created Opportunity Zones to help inner-city and mainly minority communities. He is a racist because Democrats say he is.

Myth 2: Donald Trump is a fascist

In order to understand this argument, you have to know what an actual fascist is. 

Merriam-Webster defines fascism as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime . . . that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”

When the rule of law is applied equally, a leader cannot be described as a dictator. When has the rule of law not been applied equally under President Trump’s direction? A Medium blog post attempted to build a case against the president as an “American dictator.” The author has a problem with the president’s decree that he would build a wall with no debate, no haggling or negotiation, no consideration of alternatives.” As with most complaints emanating from the Left, it would have been funny if not for the maddening lack of historical reference or understanding of executive orders. Protecting the American people is job number one for any president. Porous borders allowing both good and bad people to sneak through do not protect the American people.

Americans are welcoming. We want immigrants to come here in good faith. That message really gets lost in all the back and forth bickering between political parties. We want to know who you are, where you came from, if you have a criminal past, and whether you will follow all our laws. Simple. Why is this an argument?

Secondly, back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan passed an amnesty bill that granted amnesty to nearly 3 million illegal immigrants granting them legal status in the country. The law was supposed to have teeth. Employers were supposed to follow strict laws regarding hiring practices for immigrants and the borders were supposed to have been secured. During negotiations in Congress, the bill was stripped of those requirements, and a watered-down version was passed. Americans who were promised a more secure America were duped, and the poorest communities suffered the most as underpaid migrants continued to take their jobs and suppress their wages.

Most other arguments advancing the notion that Trump is a fascist are garbled word salad amounting to “I hate Trump! He makes me sad!” Other strained arguments amount to complaints about the Constitution, specifically the electoral college. The Left believes that Trump is illegitimate because he lost the popular vote but was nevertheless elected by the electoral college. The electoral college, leftists insist, is “undemocratic,” and that’s one of the things that make conservatives fascists.

To this, we should say “hooey!” I also say, “Damn right, it’s not democratic, since unfettered democracy is nothing but mob rule.” We are not a democracy, thank God. We are a representative republic.

Myth 3: Conservatives are anti-woman

Feminists believe conservatives are anti-woman mostly because of our stance on abortion. They say “hands off my body” and “my body; my choice.” Except it’s not solely their bodies we are concerned with. It’s other peoples’ bodies, namely the bodies of their innocent children. Between 1973 and the end of 2017, there have been 60,069,971 abortions in America. Headlines read, “tens of millions of girls have been killed in sex-selection abortion.” and “Planned Parenthood Claims ‘Black Lives Matter,’ But Kills 247 Black Babies in Abortion Every Day.” Slightly less than half of these aborted babies are female. What about their bodies? What about their rights?

Conservatives also believe that women should be able to compete against biological women in sports. Feminists have fought to provide girls with equal athletic opportunitiesand won that right in 1972’s Title IX Gender Equity in Education. Rather than continue to stand with women in these sports, however, the Left has decided that the new feminism promotes the inclusion of biological men in women’s sports. Actual feminists and athletes speaking out against women competing against biological males get canceled in the outrage culture we find ourselves in. As biological females get their heads cracked by biological males in the ring, are robbed of scholarship slots, and denied their rightful place on the podium, leftist “feminists” need to check their privilege.

Myth 4: Conservatives don’t care about poor people

Democrats have been running nearly every troubled inner city for decades, and in some cases, over a century (Washington, D.C. and Newark, NJ). If Democrats have the answers to these inner city struggles, they have been keeping them to themselves. Everything the Left has done to try to help the urban poor has doomed its constituents.

So, what will actually help the poor? Jobs, opportunity, and stable family structure. The Left has no idea (or interest) in job creation in these failing cities. How about kicking Democrat leaders to the curb and trying something new, like a Republican government?

Myth 5: Conservatives are tyrannical, and the Left is “liberal”

If the Left were truly liberal, there wouldn’t be a “cancel culture.” Liberal basically means to live and let live. The word liberal comes from “liberty” which means freedom, and “liberate,” which means to make free. When free speech becomes sometimes-free-if-we-like-what-you-say, the “liberal” Left becomes the tyrannical Left.

People who won’t let you talk on campus because they don’t like your ideas aren’t liberals. People who decide what the “correct” term has to be to describe something aren’t liberals. People who want to keep you out of a certain place because of the color of your skin could hardly be called liberals. People who censor ideas dissimilar to their own on social media aren’t liberals. These people are fascist leftists.

Even as leftists bill themselves as promoters of tolerance, they prove almost daily they are tolerant of no one with a different opinion or who wishes to live in a different way than they deem correct. They are fascists because they don’t allow others to disagree. Actual liberals give the government some power in order to protect the rights of the individual. Fascist leftists demand that the government punish those who don’t go along with their arbitrary rules.

Liberal (or libertarian-leaning) conservatives may not agree with what you are saying, but we will fight for your right to say it.