by William Teach | March 21, 2016 7:02 am
Opinion pieces by uber-Liberal Williams are always amusing in their delusion. This one sure seems to be about projections
Juan Williams: Trump plays the race card
After last week’s primary romp in Florida it is all but official – the GOP is the party of Donald Trump.
And having Trump as the party’s leader means GOP figures at every level – from Congress to school boards – will have to carry a lot of racial baggage.
Last week, a USA Today/Rock the Vote poll found Trump trailing Hillary Clinton among voters under age 35 across all ethnicities in a general election contest. Within that cohort, Trump lost by 13-1 among black voters, 5-1 among Asian votes and 4-1 among Hispanic voters — but by a relatively more modest 2-1 among white voters.
It’s no surprise Trump is losing badly among Blacks: they’ve been kept on the Democratic plantation for decades, what with all the patronizing and government giveaways, much of which keeps so many Blacks poor and dependent. Nor is it unusual to lose among young Hispanics. What makes this “racial”?
It lets Trump off the hook to describe him merely as a populist. On the other side of the partisan divide, Bernie Sanders is running a populist campaign attracting strong support among white Democrats — but there is none of Trump’s anger at Muslims, racial minorities and immigrants. One study of Trump’s voters found strongest support in areas with the highest percentage of Google searches for racist humor.
I’d like to see that study. Why no link to it, Juan? Again, I’m not a Trump supporter, but, what’s the problem with being angry at Islamists, who want to infiltrate our country and move it towards a more radical Islamic tenor, along with all the violent attacks? What’s wrong with being angry at those who come to our country illegally or overstay their visas, taking American jobs, driving down wages, and using up our resources, all while many of them DEMAND we speak their language, give them stuff, and legalize them, while at the same time showing their allegiance to the countries they left? When they bring their crime, from identity theft to rape and murder, shouldn’t we be angry?
There are real factors, with a racial overlay, fueling Trump’s rise. White working class men are being squeezed by the loss of blue-collar jobs, stagnant wages and high levels of debt. Last year, two Princeton economists reported record suicides and drug abuse among whites, an indication of rising social and economic pressure. Trump has become the loudest voice of this white anxiety and frustration.
Apparently, it’s unacceptable for White people to express their concerns and frustrations. Only everyone Not White can do that. Of course, technically, all the Hispanics are white, so, it’s not racism, it’s bigotry. I get very tired of people like Juan Williams trotting out the race card in situations that it doesn’t apply. What Trump is pushing could be considered bigotry, and even discrimination. But, discrimination is not always a bad thing. Is it bad to discriminate against people who sympathize with radical Islamic viewpoints, and not want them to be allowed in the country? Heck no.
But now Trump has so alienated Hispanics with his harsh immigration policies — and the rhetoric that accompanies those policies — that Republicans are racially isolated again. Their only hope in the November general election is to generate extremely high turnout among whites.
“Hispanics” is not a race.
Trump’s response to calls to restrain his rhetoric is to argue that he is a truth-teller who refuses to be bound by political correctness. “I said tremendous crime is coming across – everybody knows that’s true,” he said later. “So why, when I mention [it], all of a sudden I’m a racist. I’m not a racist.”
Let’s agree that he is not a racist. Maybe he is just a man bringing an unrepentant racial strategy to 21st Century national politics.
Maybe he’s concerned with the people who Peggy Noonan referred to as the unprotected. People who politicians seem to care little about, as they pander to Blacks and illegal aliens. Perhaps they want the political system to listen to them, to take their concerns to heart.
As far as playing a race card, no Democrat has the moral authority to blame anyone else, since they go racial at the drop of a hat smartphone (hey, it’s 2016). You can expect them to do it during the general election, much as they’ve been doing during the primaries, much as they do during non-election seasons. Trump events where relatively peaceful until Black Lives Matter decided to show up and cause trouble. And Juan Williams is race hustling with that last sentence. It’s what Democrats do. I don’t think Trump will be as bad as some say, and, perhaps minorities will be better off economically with a president who wants to make the economy better, rather than keeping minorities poor and reliant on the government as the Democrats want.
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