Fox Business host Charles Payne slammed the collective group of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates for their claims of racism in America and its president.
The host of “Making Money with Charles Payne” unloaded on the Democrats on “Fox & Friends” following Thursday night’s debate in Houston, Texas during which many of the 2020 hopefuls called President Trump a racist.
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Payne highlighted what he saw as the “irony” in their arguments about systemic racism in the nation, noting that they are “living examples” of the contradiction.
“These candidates were the antithesis of what they’re describing America to be,” Payne said Friday, explaining that they cannot “brag” about their families’ immigrant beginnings or simple backgrounds while essentially telling minorities today that they do not have the same opportunities anymore.
“They are themselves living examples of why their rhetoric is so wrong. They have achieved the kind of success that they are telling the audience is unachievable because of the man in the White House,” Payne added, contending that Trump’s tweets and statements are not the sources of the “day-to-day” issues of race that real Americans face.
Candidates repeatedly brought up the issue during the Democratic debate on Thursday, stirring up their base with fiery rhetoric against the president as the source of racist evil.
Sen. Kamala Harris accused Trump in a direct message of “full-time trying to sow hate and division among us.” The California congresswoman blamed Trump for being the reason nothing has gotten done in Washington, D.C. in the last two-and-a-half years.
“We have a white supremacist in the White House,” former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke exclaimed, “and he poses a mortal threat to people of color all across this nation.”
“We know Donald Trump is a racist, but there is no red badge of courage for calling him that,” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said. “Racism exists. The question isn’t who isn’t a racist, it’s who is and isn’t doing something about racism.”
But Payne reacted to the speeches by pointing out that racism is a deeper issue.
“I’m more nuanced than that. I look at what’s happening on the ground,” he said, noting the racial disparities and larger issues in Democrat-run cities like New York where, for example, the “biggest pay gap between black women and white men” exists.
“If you really want to attack real racism, real white supremacy, you need to go to these places where it hurts people every single day,” Payne said. “I’m not afraid of a tweet. I’m not worried about a tweet. I’m not worried about President Trump being misconstrued over something that he says when reporters put a mic in his face.”
But the Fox Business host shared that what does concern him is that under Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, 89 percent of people arrested for marijuana crimes in New York City last year were black and Hispanic.
“Those are the real issues of race on a day-to-day basis,” he continued. “I’m worried that in my own neighborhood, the progressives that have moved in call the cops on black kids playing basketball in the street. That’s what I’m worried about! That’s the day-to-day racism that I care about.”
Payne blasted the Democratic candidates for rhetoric that “is just designed to keep people afraid and it’s not helpful for this country.”
“The way they portray this country every time they speak is like it’s a hopeless place, where there’s no opportunity for black people and Hispanics,” he added. “They themselves on that stage put that to rest. There is hope. In fact, your parents can come here from one of these countries and you could be running for president.”
Payne is not alone in his argument as some Twitter users recently noted.
THIS IS AMERICA!
I’m tired of people trying to divide us. pic.twitter.com/Njzdrs5e88
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) September 10, 2019
We can learn a lot from kids. Nothing divides them until they are taught otherwise.
— Tyler (@trblackstone) September 10, 2019
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