A deliberate and persistent theme among Democrats running for president is that Donald Trump is a “racist” president who African-American voters should not trust.
It’s not a new tactic, of course. Democrats have called every Republican president or presidential nominee a “racist” to varying degrees going back decades, but this time around they think it will stick. A big reason why is because the left’s mainstream media allies have dropped all pretense of neutrality on Trump and have openly decided to join in on the accusations themselves.
Nearly every 2020 Democratic candidate has made the claim a focal point of their campaign. But in the aftermath of the horrific El Paso mass shooting earlier this month that killed 22 and injured dozens more, the former El Paso Congressman has amplified the accusation tenfold and made it part of his central theme that America was “founded on racism.”
On a campaign stop he made over the weekend in the red state of Arkansas, here’s just some of what O’Rourke said:
“In this country, though we’d like to think otherwise, was founded on racism, has persisted through racism, and is racist today. And if you don’t want to accept that phrase, or that word, or that distinction, look at this: there’s 10 times the wealth in white America today than there is black America,” O’Rourke explained. “There’s 2.3 million people behind bars tonight while we enjoy our freedom, disproportionality comprised of people of color, the largest prison population on the planet bar none.”
Our country was founded on racism—and is still racist today. In Arkansas, I said why I believe there’s no denying this reality; and why it’s on all of us to change it. pic.twitter.com/cHLKmCMGEB
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 18, 2019
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) appeared on Martha MacCallum’s “The Story” program on Fox News Monday night and was shown video clips of Democrats like O’Rourke repeatedly playing the race card and denigrating the country they want to represent. In response, Scott slammed them:
“No, not at all,” Scott told MacCallum, responding to a question about whether Democrats’ strategy for winning African-American voters will work. “This is an opportunity for the Democratic Party to try to figure out a way to dupe the African-American voters, not only in South Carolina but around the country because they really have nothing but empty promises to run on.”
“There is nothing left to try to reel in the African-American community,” said Scott, “because President Trump and the Republican Party has done a very good job of focusing on improving the economic outcome of people who have been struggling for the last decade under the previous administration, so we now have a chance to have a contrast between the parties of the right, the right side and the party and policies of the left going the wrong direction.”
Watch the full segment below as Scott explains in detail why Democrats can’t credibly focus on issues like the economy, unemployment, and reforming the criminal justice system – because Trump is already doing it. He also noted it was a mistake to assume what African-American voters wanted in a presidential candidate could only be offered by Democrats:
Scott said earlier this month that his run for reelection in 2022 would be his last.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –