Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice rebuked the media for relentlessly pushing the narrative that President Trump is racist and basically brainwashing the public.
“You hear this in the press over and over and over again,” Rice told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace.
Rice was responding to a question about a recent CNN poll that claims that 6 in 10 people believe Trump is a racist. But Wallace, a Republican Never-Trumper, conceded that the people who believe the president is racist are probably the same people who just don’t like him and are eager to believe any negative news about him, even if it’s false.
“It’s possible that almost 6 in 10 people believe Trump is truly a racist, but it’s also possible that those people just don’t like Trump at all and are willing to agree to any and every very negative thing a pollster asks about him,” Wallace said.
Wallace continued: “As Jenn [Agiesta, the CNN polling boss] rightly pointed out, the number of people who say Trump is a racist is broadly consistent with the number of people who disapprove of Trump’s performance in office, who say he’s interfered with the Russia investigation and who believe the women alleging Trump sexually harassed them.”
Rice said the wall-to-wall media coverage painting President Trump as a racist is part of a larger societal trend that promotes grievance-mongering. While racism does exist (and always will — on all sides), she said the nonstop media coddling and promotion of victimhood is toxic and hurts the nation.
“We as a country have become a country of grievants,” Rice said. “We have become a country that ‘my grievance is superior to your grievance.’ And that’s not just in the last year. That’s over the last several years. So, everybody needs to look in the mirror and say, ‘Why are divisions so deep and what part am I playing in making those divisions deep?'”
Rice raised a good point about today’s mainstream media, which believe their job is not to report the news, but to promote liberal agendas. As a result, the media have repeatedly been forced to issue corrections, clarifications, and retractions after rushing to report news (without verifying it) simply because it pushed an anti-Trump narrative.
One example among countless others occurred on January 20 , 2017— President Trump’s first day in office. Time magazine reporter Zeke Miller, who thought he had a “gotcha!” moment, tweeted that Trump had removed a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.
There was just one problem: The report was totally false. The MLK bust had never been removed. But the mainstream media went wild, gleefully sharing the fake news as fast as they could. Miller later quietly tweeted a correction and the press barely covered the retraction.
Condoleezza Rice, who was secretary of state under George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, said she has met President Trump and likes him. “I have met the president. I can’t know his heart, but I do know this is somebody who treated me very well when we met,” she recounted. “I think he believes he’s doing what’s right for the country.”
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