Not even two months into the new year and there were already two high-profile claims made against supporters of President Donald Trump that turned out to be apparently false, but which caused politicians and the media to make a mad rush to judgment.
The first claimed that a Kentucky Catholic high school student wearing a MAGA hat had mocked a Native American; the second is what some have suggested might be a choreographed “attack” against a gay, black actor.
The Trump administration has brought historically low unemployment to minorities, as well as an unprecedented spike in black entrepreneurship. Lower taxes and fewer regulations also brought manufacturing back to America, something former President Barack Obama said would require a magic wand.
But with all the good, the Trump administration also ushered in an era marked by fake hate and hoax attacks — and the media are often taken in — apparently because they wanted to believe — and it began before Trump was even elected.
Writer, photographer, and Quillette editor Andy Ngo posted an extensive list of alleged hoaxes directed at conservatives on his Twitter feed. These are a mere sampling of a long string of apparent hoax attacks attributed to Trump supporters, a development that has now become the norm.
They’re based on the oft-repeated description of the president as a racist, but the facts don’t bear that out.
When Trump purchased Mar-a-Lago in the mid-1990s, he bucked Palm Beach society by insisting that the private club admit blacks and Jews. The open secret at the time was that no private clubs on the swanky island enclave admitted minorities — until Trump arrived.
Commentators observe that hoaxes are a disservice to the real victims of actual hate crimes, because they may be hesitant to report them under the belief that police and the public may not be inclined to believe them.
Although they may be the ultimate victims, the initial victims of such hoaxes are the president’s supporters who are wrongfully accused.
Racial and religious minorities, as well as gays, lesbians, and other fringe groups, have been granted a protected status, making actions against them hate crimes. Maybe it’s time to make Trump supporters a protected class as well.
Conservative documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza summed it up like this: “Fake news. Fake attacks. Fake allegations. Fake Mexican. Fake American Indian,” he said. “I think we’re finally getting the picture on how the Left operates.”
CBS News foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan placed the blame primarily on what she described as the “horses***” standards of the press during a recent interview. "We’ve become political activists in a sense," she said. “And some could argue, propagandists, right?”
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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