By now it should be obvious that the charge of ‘racism’ is as likely to mean someone had the audacity to stand up to the Left than it is to mean someone is genuinely bigoted. Case in point: there is a good argument to be made that Senator Durbin’s now-challenged accusation that President Trump referred to certain places in the world as “s***holes” was merely a setup so that the president could perform public penance by passing a DACA compromise acceptable to the Democrats.
Painting Trump as an unrepentant racist requires rewriting history, though:
2000: Trump declines to run as a Reform Party candidate. In explaining why, he said “The Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani,” he said in his statement. “This is not company I wish to keep.” ((For the record, I think charges of “neo-Nazism” against Buchanan have always been overblown, but that’s beside the point here. — Jemison))
1998 VIDEO: Jesse Jackson praises Trump for a “lifetime of service to African-Americans.”
1997: Trump praised in the Wall Street Journal for opening Mar-a-Lago Club to African-Americans and Jews, a move opposed by other Palm Beach clubs at the time.
Senator Rand Paul has pointed out that Trump funded one of his medical mission trips to Haiti, where the erstwhile optometrist restored vision for more than 200 Haitians. It’s worth noting he mentioned this in partial defense of the president despite a generally bumpy political relationship with Trump. And it’s worth noting at least one relative of Dr. Martin Luther King thinks Trump is a friend to African-Americans.
Illegal and chain immigration hurts the black community as much, or more, than anyone else. Trump may be boastful and a loudmouth. But it seems he’s genuinely trying to make the American Dream possible again, without regard for grievance politics. If he can blast through the withering public sniping and achieve increased opportunity for all, he’ll have shown conclusively that crying “raciss!” is simply the last refuge of a Left that has nothing else substantive to offer.