On the same night that CNN political analyst April Ryan again accused President Donald Trump of being a racist over his willingness to indiscriminately criticize anybody – regardless of race – over on Fox News, black Sen. Tim Scott posited the very opposite argument.
“There is no doubt that President Trump is not a racist,” he confidently asserted to “The Ingraham Angle” fill-in host Jason Chaffetz. “And the facts are very simple that the same folks who voted for me voted for President Trump because President Trump made promises to the voters, and he’s keeping the promises.”
“So without any question, if you look at his legacy, it’ll be his accomplishments in office, frankly, helping in many, many ways, African Americans. Think about the fact that we’ve all heard how low the African American unemployment is — the lowest recorded in the history of the country.”
Listen to his full statement below:
Source: Fox News
“But more importantly, a racist would never talk about criminal justice reform and how the benefits disproportionately help African American men. President Trump signed that legislation into law,” Scott added.
Thanks to the president’s criminal justice reform efforts, thousands of black Americans are in the process of being released from federal custody and allowed to return home to their families. It’s unclear why any racist or white supremacist would support — let alone lead — such efforts.
“You would never hear a racist talk about opportunity zones and how he came on-board full throttle because he wanted to help poor, disadvantaged communities, most of them consistently African American and Hispanic,” the senator continued.
“You would not ever hear a racist talk about providing more research authority and more resources toward sickle cell anemia, a disease that impacts, disproportionately, African Americans in this country, and yet President Trump signed that legislation.”
Late last year, the president signed the Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018 into law. The bill authorized a total of nearly $25 million to spent over the next five years on sickle cell disease prevention and treatment programs.
DID YA KNOW? RACIST President Trump signed into law, “The Sickle Cell Disease/Heritable Blood Disorders Act” on December 18, 2018. Sickle Cell is an inherited disease that affects 100,000 people, mainly African-Americans, Latinos & Middle Eastern groups. https://t.co/ohXamckz7b pic.twitter.com/cmVanklZS9
— Candace (@roycan79) August 13, 2019
So why are members of the left — including Ryan, whose “analysis” always echoes Democrat Party talking points — still continuing to deride the president as a racist, despite mounds of evidence to the contrary? According to Scott, it’s because they’re afraid.
“You smell fear on the left,” he said. “They have been consistently using the race card. Every single time there’s a presidential run, you’ll hear ‘John McCain, racist, Mitt Romney, racist, Ronald Reagan, racist, George Bush, racist, W., racist.”
“Why do they continue to find that narrative? Because they understand that the lowest common denominator in politics is fear and division. President Trump has been able to deliver policies that have promoted, encouraged, and inspired growth in the African American community economically in a way that no president has done in the last 40 years. This president is not a racist.”
He wasn’t wrong about every past Republican president or presidential candidate being smeared as a racist, including even Sen. John McCain, who as of his death last year was beloved by the left over his willingness to attack the president over anything and everything.
During the 2008 presidential election, then-GOP presidential nominee McCain and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin were smeared as racist by congressional Democrats over their allegedly hateful campaign rallies.
“Civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Lewis is accusing John McCain and Sarah Palin of stoking hate, likening the atmosphere at Republican campaign events to those featuring George Wallace, the segregationist former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate,” Politico reported at the time.
“What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history,” Rep. John Lewis had said in a statement. “Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse.”
His statement from 2008 is an almost verbatim copy of what contemporary congressional Democrats and their media allies continually say about Trump and his rallies:
George Wallace and Trump rallies, then and now. From NYT: Wallace “articulated their deepest fears, their darkest hates. George Wallace promised revenge.” pic.twitter.com/Bx3dJh9Lx4
— Wayne Slater (@WayneSlater) July 29, 2019
“The only times I’ve seen this (violence at rallies) George Wallace, who ran in 1968, his rallies were like this. He was a southern democrat, racist but he loved to rile up the crowd, talk about violence.” @julianzelizer talking w/ @DeanObeidallah about violence at Trump rallies. pic.twitter.com/Ah81AjsEsB
— SiriusXM Progress (@SXMProgress) February 21, 2019
Dianne Feinstein says that Trump rallies “create hatred and then hatred drives people to do things like this.”
“There is a proverb or line in the Bible that says you reap what you sow,” Feinstein said. https://t.co/gy52mSpJ3l
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 27, 2018
The only thing that has changed is the target. For instance, fast-forward to early 2012, when The Washington Post ran a piece on then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to seemingly complain about the tenor of the allegedly divisive songs he was playing at his rallies.
“The campaign has started using the song ‘American Ride,’ which channels blue-collar unhappiness about immigration, gas prices and political correctness. (“Don’t get busted singin’ Christmas carols.”) It has a sardonic tone that seems out of sync with the genial, G-rated Romney himself. As does the cursing,” the Post reported at the time.
What a racist.