While this isn’t exactly what she said during an appearance Monday on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” it certainly seemed to be what she was implying.
She’d been speaking with Burnett about a report from The Washington Post published over the weekend that described President Donald Trump’s frustration with the left’s disingenuous, politically-motivated use of the term “racist” to smear him and his supporters.
The president believes that members of the left frequently use the term against him, not because they genuinely believe he’s a racist, but rather as a political weapon to cudgel him.
“No, no, no,” Ryan said Monday of the president’s belief. “This is black, white, and brown. This is not about politics. This is about humanity. Actually, his anger is a year and a half late.”
“About a year and a half ago, January 2018, the weekend of Dr. [Martin Luther] King’s birthday celebration, I asked the president, ‘Mr. President, are you a racist?’ I asked him three times in the Roosevelt room of the White House. He just walked out.”
Fact-check: PARTLY TRUE.
On Jan. 12, 2018, the president gathered with a number of guests — including Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development; and Isaac Newton Farris Jr., the president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change — to sign a proclamation in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
Following the signing, a slew of left-wing media reporters, including Ryan, began shouting questions at him. It’s unclear whether the president even heard her question. And even if he did, the notion that he purposefully ignored the question because he really is a racist seems like a very dubious interpretation of what actually happened.
“No, it’s about the fact that the president goes after people of color. This president talks about people of color in very personal and unsavory ways,” Ryan continued Monday.
And there it was. In reality, the president speaks about all his political opponents in such a manner, be it white former Vice President Joe Biden, white New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio or white retired Adm. William McRaven.
Yet whenever the president speaks specifically about someone who happens to not be white, the left invariably cries racism. This does admittedly fit with the left’s worldview, which according to polls says that it’s racist for a white person to speak negatively about a minority. Ryan’s remarks suggest she too believes this.
“This president has talked about ‘both sides,'” she added. “This president continues with the rhetoric. And it’s getting harder and harsher as he is running for president, running for re-election. This is not about politics. … This is about humanity in 2019. This is not 1959, 1960. This is 2019.”
The “both sides” remark was a lie that’s been debunked hundreds of times:
Her argument seemed to carry little weight because it was based on dubious interpretations (the president’s decision to ignore her question last year doesn’t necessarily mean anything), incorrect mischaracterizations, (he doesn’t speak about minorities in a way that’s different from how he speaks about whites) and blatant lies.
Plus, the president’s point seems to stand strong by itself.
“Everybody’s called a racist now,” he said in an interview late last month with C-SPAN. “The word is so overused, it’s such a disgrace. I’m the least racist person there is in the world, as far as I’m concerned.”
The evidence backs up what he said. Christian actor Chris Pratt has been derided as a racist for wearing a”Don’t Tread On Me” t-shirt, black conservative commentator Candace Owens has been labeled a racist for urging blacks to abandon the Democrat Party, and “Gray’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo has been branded a racist for merely criticizing Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris.
According to Townhall, doing any of the following can also get you called a racist:
- Criticizing the IRS.
- Buying a gun to protect yourself from burglars.
- Talking about the U.S. Constitution.
- Calling out former President Barack Obama’s lies.
- Supporting voter ID laws.
- Defending the Second Amendment.
And yoga. Yes, performing yoga is racist, according to some members of the left.
“This modern day trend of cultural appropriation of yoga is a continuation of white supremacy and colonialism, maintaining the pattern of white people consuming the stuff of culture that is convenient and portable, while ignoring the well-being and liberation of Indian people,” a religious studies professor allegedly argued in a report last year.
Everything and everyone is racist, including the president…
Except according to King’s own niece, Trump isn’t a racist and has never been one.
“I am the Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Listen to my words,” Alveda King pithily tweeted earlier this month. “President Trump is not a racist!! He is one of the best presidents America has ever seen! I fully support him!”
In response, actual racists crept out out the woodwork to show her what real, unabashed racism looks and sounds like.
I am the Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Listen to my words…
President Trump is not a racist!!
— Evangelist Alveda King (@AlvedaCKing) August 8, 2019
MLK must be rolling over in his grave,
Uncle Tom. You allied your soul with the devil, Uncle Tom. You are a failure to your brothers and sisters Uncle Tom @AlvedaCKing
— Dennis Kujawa (@bear1andbuddy1) July 31, 2019
Yes he is and that makes you an Uncle Tom Martin Luther King is rolling over in his grave because of you #ImpeachTrump #Impeach45 #IllegitimatePresident #Resist #LockHimUp #DerangedDonald #ImpeachDonaldTrumpNOW #TuckFrump #NoMiddleGround #TraitorInChief #TrumpInspiredMassacre
— theresistanceishere (@bluemm81) August 12, 2019
Unfortunately there always be an Uncle Tom, in this case an Aunt Alveda, who willingly licks the boot over his/her head, and it really doesn’t matter whose nephew or niece he/she is… 🤦🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️
— Peter Perez (@tibulpp) August 9, 2019
@AlvedaCKing is a coon!!! Point blank!!!
— TWOZ (@TwozTmot) August 12, 2019
Let me guess you’re being paid to tap dance
— jazzcity (@jambalayababy) August 12, 2019
While criticizing minorities doesn’t make one a racist, calling a minority an “Uncle Tom” or “coon” certainly does …
It’s unclear whether Ryan has ever criticized those aiming all this racism toward King’s niece.
It’s also unclear how she feels about her colleagues at CNN using the alleged “ethnic slur” Fredo to disparage the president’s son Donald Trump Jr:
Devin Nunes was referred to as “Fredo” on CNN in March. CNN’s David Gregory compared @DonaldJTrumpJr to “Fredo” in February. And in January, CNN’s Ana Navarro referred to @DonaldJTrumpJr as “Fredo”…to Cuomo on his own show. https://t.co/jXCUfFkYvs
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 13, 2019