President Trump may have lost the popular vote, but Republicans have been winning the popular vote at the state and local levels for years.
In the same fortnight that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for black workers was the lowest in the 45 years that data has been collected, a great gaggle of congressmen called President Trump a racist for, among other things, the comment he made about Haiti and some African countries. Exactly what the president said is in doubt, but it’s also irrelevant.
It is irrelevant because previous presidents have done much worse things, yet are still revered by the liberal so-called intelligentsia. Lyndon Johnson used the “n” word more than a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, yet remains one of the stars in the liberal firmament. As does Franklin Roosevelt, who failed to press for an anti-lynching bill and who appointed an active member of the KKK to the Supreme Court. Liberal icon Woodrow Wilson, practically the inventor of progressivism, was an ardent racist, and long after such an attitude had ceased being “acceptable.” Yet today’s liberals revere those men, showing that their objection to Trump is just posturing.
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said of Trump’s reported comments: “This is racism, plain and simple, and we need to call it that.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Trump could be a “racist” for calling several nations “shithole countries.”
Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., tweeted: “America’s president is a racist and this is the proof.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called Trump a “racist bully” whose supporters are “white supremacists.”
The Democrats have a problem. They’ve been losing elections for years, at the local, state, and federal levels. Now with the obvious success of Trump’s economic program — deregulation and tax cuts — they are, truly, rebels without a cause. Not just a party without a cause, but rebels: rebels rebelling against what Americans, in large numbers, want. Yes, Trump may have lost the popular vote, but Republicans have been winning the popular vote at the state and local levels for years.
The only card in the Democrats’ deck is the identity politics card. They have relied on the black vote for decades. They extended that strategy by wooing other groups, whom they called “minorities,” likening them to blacks: homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, queer/questioning, and intersex — a whole bathhouse of sexual pathologies. But a bathhouse does not a majority make.
The squeamish — members of the snowflake generation and too many of their elders — may blanch at the description of the Democrats’ most loyal members as abnormal or perverse. According to the Gallup organization, the public estimates that 23 percent of Americans are homosexuals. Listening to Democrats, you’d think they think it’s 55 percent. The actual figure is 3.8 percent. For Democrats and others who may have graduated from public school, 3.8 percent may seem like a majority. Actually, it isn’t. It’s 47.2 points shy of a majority, “shy” being a charitable term here.
Meanwhile back in reality land, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said, “I love Trump because … he talks to Africans frankly.” The five poorest countries in Africa are Malawi, Burundi, Central African Republic, Gambia, and Niger (Uganda is only the 16th poorest). There may be some really bright and hardworking people in those countries; and that all of the people in those countries are God’s children no one should doubt.
But Walz, Hoyer, McGovern, and Warren should be asked the following: Have you ever been to Malawi, Burundi, Central African Republic, Gambia, or Niger? If not, why not? Where did you go on your last junket? London? Paris? Rome? Perhaps some other lily-white country. Are you currently a racist?
A new Harvard-Harris poll tells us that 81 percent of voters want to reduce legal immigration from its current level of more than 1 million immigrants per year, and 63 percent want it cut by at least half! About 85 percent of blacks think people should not be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. unless they bring skills or money.
That is why the Schumer shutdown of the federal government collapsed. That is why Trump won the election.
And that is why the president’s remarks will not be seen by most Americans as racist.
Daniel Oliver is chairman of the board of the Education and Research Institute, and a director of Citizens for the Republic, founded by Ronald Reagan in 1977. In addition to serving as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Reagan, he was executive editor and subsequently Chairman of the Board of William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review.