President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, May 20, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Pennsylvania. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
I knew the moment that I heard about the El Paso shooter’s manifesto on Saturday that this shooting would become about President Donald Trump’s supposed racism. In fact, at the time of this writing, #WhiteSupremacistInChief is trending on Twitter.
But despite continuous claims and talking points circling around Trump’s hatred of minorities, no one can ever point to something that Trump said that was actually racist. When they do mention something that he said, they can never quote him verbatim, just one or two words.
“He called immigrants animals,” they tell me along with other famous claims like calling immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.”
Did Trump say those things? Yes, but the context is so out of sync with the stories that are pushed about him. Let’s take the “animals” comment for instance. This line popped up during a moment when Trump was speaking about the gang MS-13. That gang originates in central America and runs a national crime syndicate that includes drugs and sex trafficking. Their motto is “rape, control, kill.”
To call them “animals” is actually putting it lightly.
Yet, everyone from the New York Times to the Washington Post was swearing up and down that they had caught Trump red-handed with racism. Instead of agreeing with Trump that MS-13 was a horrific presence in America that needed to be dealt with, they went after Trump for “racism.” To be clear, the media was running defense for MS-13 — the gang who had just brutally murdered a man in an unspeakable fashion — in order to own Trump.
That line still persists among the left from the politicians to the media. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke mentioned the “animals” line during his press tour on the El Paso shooting, where he’s decided to use the horrific deaths of innocents as a way to boost approval points by attacking Trump.
Even when it came to the “rapists” and “criminals” line that you see consistently quoted by leftists politicians and media, Trump was clearly referring to the illegal immigrants trying to sneak across the border who commit these crimes. Here’s the full context:
When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.
Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.
Trump’s words were, at best, inartful in not making sure it’s understood more that not every person trying to come across the border is a horrible person. He even makes mention that he assumes there are some good people in that crowd. However, he’s not wrong. Some heinous things happen at the border and they bring it here. Brandon Darby of Breitbart was on the ground covering what happens at the border, and to Trump’s credit, rape is very common.
Yet, the media didn’t focus on this. They just focused on keywords within Trump’s dialogue about the border.
A pattern is already starting to develop here. Trump says things, the media picks out a singular word or phrase, then proceeds to paint him as a new Hitler by throwing away all context. Be it about the border or Baltimore, Trump has to be seen as a white supremacist, even if he is correct about the state of something and acknowledging it would help people in the middle of it.
The sick part is that with this in mind, it’s clearly not Trump pushing white supremacy. It’s the media.
The media is consistently generating narratives that shouldn’t even exist and only divide people to extremes. It shouldn’t be a radical thing to acknowledge that the border crisis is out of control or that Baltimore is living in rats and filth. It shouldn’t be controversial to say shut down travel from countries that are known hotbeds of terrorism as we witness death and rape in Europe skyrocket as they welcome in people from those countries.
The media narrative, however, is that Trump is a racist white supremacist and all of his supporters are white supremacists as well. Their modus operandi is to completely ignore or deny that any problems exist until they become politically expedient, like the photo of the dead child and father that finally got the left to admit that there was a border crisis. They don’t want to talk about the shooting that just happened in Democrat-controlled Chicago or talk about the Dayton shooter who was a socialist Antifa supporter. They don’t want to accurately tell you what’s happening about any given issue that involves someone of a race other than white.
Trump brings up a legitimate problem, he’s called a racist, the media denies any problems exist while people see the problem first hand, and people find themselves becoming bitter and angry. Those with issues to begin with become vindictive and we get shootings like Christchurch and El Paso.
I want to be very clear that I’m not making excuses for these shooters who are pure scum and deserve to die forgotten by the world whose attention they were trying to grab. Nor am I pardoning racism, which is one of the lowest forms of hatred.
That said, the media keeps greasing the wheels for white supremacists to have all the attention and platform they want. Meanwhile, Trump is actually looking issues surrounding minority groups in the face and moving to act. As Greg Gutfeld tweeted the other day, if he is a racist, he sucks at it, given his penchant for helping minorities in trouble.
Trumps about to execute a white supremacist, while trying to free a black rapper from jail, as he pushes prison reform that directly benefits families of black men, while calling out a city where minorities are victims of crime & blight. if Trumps a racist, he sucks at it.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) July 27, 2019
In fact, would a white supremacist condemn white supremacy like Trump did today?
I don’t care about your politics. This is what our nation needed this morning:
"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America." pic.twitter.com/yjlz7EJtNn
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 5, 2019
The media, however, is continuously giving airtime to the subject white supremacists and creating them out of thin air whenever the opportunity arises, like with the Baltimore controversy. They’ve even put white supremacists like Richard Spencer on-air for commentary. That’s not Fox News doing that, that’s CNN.
If the media was honest and gave every Trump phrase in context with news stories that don’t hide the truth, the issue of white supremacy wouldn’t be the mammoth that it is, but a narrative must thrive and as such, the infection grows. White supremacy has the claws it does because the media keeps sharpening them, then blames Trump as he actually tries to solve the problem.