Monday morning in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Beto O’Rourke crossed a line, saying he thinks President Donald J. Trump is a white nationalist.
The comment from the Democrat primary contender came in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Tapper asked, “Do you agree with [Washington Gov. Jay Inslee] … that President Trump is a white nationalist?”
O’Rourke replied, “Yes, I do. And again from some of the record that I just recited to the things he said both as a candidate then as President of the United States, this cannot be open for debate.”
The idea that the president is a racist shouldn’t especially be up for debate — he obviously isn’t. He has done more for minorities in America, whether they be black, Latino or LGBT than Barack Obama ever dreamed of.
More jarringly, however, is the fact that O’Rourke says the president’s status as an “open and avowed racist” “cannot be open for debate.”
If that doesn’t scare you, it should. This man who wants to be president has accused Trump of being a racist and says that there simply cannot be any further discussion on the matter. As if the fiat of Beto’s word is sacred law.
Jake Tapper: Do you think President Trump is a white nationalist?
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 4, 2019
Well, Mr. O’Rourke, I’m here to tell you that it’s not.
In America we look at evidence and actions. And so far, there is absolutely zero evidence of a racist bone in Trump’s body. No slurs, no mistreatment, no mockery.
The president has worked to reform a prison system that African Americans have criticized for decades.
He has helped create the lowest unemployment rate for blacks in history. He has repeatedly hired minorities for roles across his administration, from advisers to Cabinet secretaries. There are no tapes of the president mocking blacks or gays. (And if there were, you better believe they’d be out by now.)
O’ Rourke went on to say, “He does not even pretend to respect our difference or understand that we are all created equal. He is saying that some people are inherently defective or dangerous, reminiscent of something you might hear in the Third Reich, not something you expect in the United States of America.”
Not only did O’Rourke just compare the president’s words to Nazism, he did it with absolutely zero evidence to support his accusation. The closest he could have come, by the way, to supporting his statement would be to use Trump’s comment about Mexico not sending the U.S. their best. That’s not a statement about race. In fact, it can’t be a statement about race. By saying Mexico isn’t sending its best, Trump acknowledged that there are “best” people in Mexico, and that we implicitly want them. And that’s true — we want the best of any country and any race. Why do you think Trump has allowed visa issuances to climb 12 percent compared to the Obama years?
Racist, fascist nationalists don’t do that.
O’Rourke also indicated the president does not believe in equality “based on their religion, based on their sexual orientation, based on their immigration status, based on the countries they come from, calling those in Africa s***hole nations and saying he would like to have more immigration from Nordic countries, the whitest place on planet earth today.”
Again, this is all baseless.
The most retrograde nations on the planet happen to be in Africa. That’s more a fluke of brutal geography than anything else — but fluke or not, acknowledging that some nations are in very bad shape is not racist. Indeed, skin color has literally nothing to do with African poverty.
Corrupt governance, poor education, poor health and sanitation, and extreme geography that made trade with the rest of the world difficult (if not impossible in some places) for nearly all of human history are responsible. Nordic countries aren’t nicer than some African nations just because they’re populated predominantly by whites.
They’re cleaner because, like the rest of Europe, they benefited from millennia of contact and trade with one another and other nations and cultures.
Sub-Saharan Africans simply didn’t have as much opportunity because they are, well, sub-Saharan.
Finally, O’Rourke said, “Again, let’s be very clear about what’s causing this and who the president is. He is an open, avowed racist and is encouraging more racism in this country, and this is incredibly dangerous for the United States of America right now.”
Let’s be clear, Mr. O’Rourke. The president isn’t an avowed racist. That’s an absurd comment. He also isn’t encouraging racism.
You and your ilk are.
You are the ones who use Marxist identity politics to pit racial and ethnic groups against one another.
You are the ones who have changed black America from increasingly prosperous as late as the 1960s and damaged that culture through welfare and ghettos, leaving out of wedlock childbirth and incarceration rates at stunning levels.
And you’ve done that to create an underclass to which you can always play the hero. You use minorities to get to office, abuse them while you’re there to make sure they still need you next time, and then you tell them it’s not their fault that they’re poor, mistreated, and under-educated.
Well, you’re right. It’s not their fault. It’s yours, Mr. O’Rourke.
So, what’s the point of all of this from Beto?
He’s flailing in the polls and flagging in person. Following the age-old Democrat doctrine of “don’t let a good crisis go to waste,” he’s trying to jump-start his campaign from atop a pile of innocents’ bodies, using racially charged invective.
You owe the president an apology.
But more than that, you and your fellow Democratic demagogues owe American minorities an apology for the political rape you’ve committed against them for nearly 50 years.
Oh, and while you’re at it, why not apologize to the families of those innocent victims you just climbed atop to spout bile-dripping lies?
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