politics to go

Again, press twists Trump’s words


Here’s what President Donald Trump said while answering press questions last Tuesday: “Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” The next day, in response to a question, Trump clarified that the Jewish disloyalty he was referring to was to Israel and to fellow Jews.

Democrats, mainstream media, and Jewish organizations whose first loyalty is to the Democrats, went wild. They claimed that Trump’s statement meant he believed in the dual loyalty canard and that he was displaying his bigotry.

Regular readers of this column know that long before Trump made that comment, this reporter provided many examples proving the president’s statement correct. Although I called it Jewicide.

The media’s reaction to what Trump said was just another example of how they take many of his comments and twist them to make him look crazy or a hater.

Also last week, the president was asked about the China tariffs. He had just received and retweeted a message that praised his stance on Jews voting Democratic; the tweet called him the King of Israel. He took it as a compliment, not as a job offer. Explaining the tariffs, he jokingly called himself “the chosen one.” Those who watched the conversation could see he was joking. But the media suggesting that Trump believed he was G-d.

Ironically, during the Obama Administration, many in the media compared Trump’s predecessor to Jesus. A May 2010 cover of Time magazine displayed a picture of Obama andasked, “G-d the father or G-d, the son?” A January 2013 cover of Newsweek featured a photo of the 44th president with the caption, “The Second Coming.” During the 2012 primary season, Chris Matthews referred to Obama as the Messiah.

Remember Baltimore? At the end of July when Trump tweeted that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a “bully, shouting and screaming at the great men and women of Border Patrol at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous” Trump added in a second tweet, “As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cummings District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

Democrats and their handmaidens in the media shot into the stratosphere of hyperbole calling Trump a racist for his criticism of Cummings and his failed leadership for the City of Baltimore. Not receiving the same attention from the liberals and the mainstream media (is that redundant?) was a 2018 video of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh wandering through Cummings’ district and saying, “You can smell the rats.” If Trump was racist, what was the African-American Mayor Pugh?

Cummings must be a racist also because during a 1999 Congressional hearing he described his Baltimore district this way: “This morning, I left my community of Baltimore, a drug-infested area, where a lot of the drugs we’re talking about today have already taken the lives of so many children.”

It makes one wonder if any criticism of Baltimore by a Republican is racist — or is it just when President Trump is talking?

The media labels Trump a racist because he often cites Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s fraudulent claim of Native American heritage by calling her “Pocahontas.” But in doing so, Trump wasn’t disparaging Native Americans — he was disparaging Pocahontas, I mean Sen. Warren.

They also claim that Trump’s past support of the “birther” theory, that President Obama couldn’t prove he was born in the U.S., was racist. I believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, and Trump reversed his previous belief in 2015 before he announced his run, so he now believes it also. But if Trump’s past support of the disproved “birther” claim was racist, the media should also point to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

There is no evidence that Hillary Clinton ever said or even hinted publicly that she believes Barack Obama wasn’t a natural-born citizen. But there is plenty of evidence that the birther hoax was born in her camp.

In 2007 Mark Penn, the top campaign strategist for Hillary’s campaign, wrote a memo about Obama that said in part, “I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.” The memo urged the campaign to target Obama’s “lack of American roots.”

James Asher, a reporter for McClatchy newspapers in 2008, said that Sid Blumenthal, a long-time Clinton associate, told him in person that Obama was born in Kenya.

I’s only racist because Trump used to believe it.

In July, the media claimed that Trump told the four members of the Squad to go back to the countries from where they came. But that was only one line from what he tweeted. His exact words were, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came? Then come back and show us how it is done.” Not racist but incorrect as the only member of the Squad who was born outside the U.S. is Rep. Omar.

There are many other examples, such as Trump’s attacks on NFL players who disrespected the flag and the national anthem, his travel pause (preventing people from seven countries that did not vet people coming to America — six of which were Muslim-majority countries), even his campaign slogan “Keep America Great” was called racist, even though former President Bill Clinton used it during his initial presidential run.

There are times when Trump’s comments are not artful and make him seem like a bull in a china shop. He is that bull, and that is why he was elected. He was elected because he promised to stir the pot and change the way Washington operates and that’s what he is doing. But the DC political establishment, which includes the liberal media, is fighting to maintain the status quo. That was the reason for the failed story that his campaign was colluding with Russia and the claims that he is a bigot, racist, and anti-Semite.

Trump is a man who says exactly what he believes. If he were a racist, he would come out and say it, leaving no room for interpretation. Thus the claims of the Democrats and the mainstream media that the president doesn’t believe that any race is superior to another. Trump does find, however, that this great American republic and the people who live here are the best in the world.

Most of Trump’s speeches include a version of the same words he used in his first speech to Congress in February 2017, outlining his philosophy about the people of America: “For all Americans. This is our vision. This is our mission. But we can only get there together. We are one people, with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same flag. And we are all made by the same G-d.”

That doesn’t sound too biased, does it?