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On Race and the Right, Wash Post Gets It Wrong

On Race and the Right, Wash Post Gets It Wrong
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Thursday, 23 August 2018 05:41 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Just in time for the final campaign sprint from Labor Day to Election Day, The Washington Post recently published a veritable how-to guide to smear the GOP as the party of bigotry.

Blending distortions of current events and dishonesty about U.S. history, this article recycled enough old chestnuts on alleged Republican racism to stuff a Thanksgiving turkey.

Ashley Parker, Sung Min Kim, and Robert Costa penned an article titled "'I’m not going there': As Trump hurls racial invective, most Republicans stay silent."

Starting with contemporary controversies, the Post claimed that President Donald J. Trump has "immersed the nation in a new wave of fraught battles over race." But these disputes involve ethnicity, only if one shoves them through the over-deployed prism of race.

The Post claimed that Trump rode "to electoral victory by focusing almost exclusively on disaffected white voters.” In fact, Trump did something seldom seen among GOP presidential nominees: He asked for black votes. Trump stumped in black churches in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, and at a Cleveland charter school. "What the h**l do you have to lose?" Trump asked black voters at numerous rallies. Trump won 8 percent of the black vote, up from 6 percent for Mitt Romney in 2012. Trump also won 28 percent of the Hispanic vote, including 32 percent of Hispanic men.

"Beginning with the violent opposition among some white voters to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Republican leaders began appealing to white voters," the Post stumbled down memory lane. It forgot that Democrats filibustered against that landmark legislation. They lost when Republican leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois rallied GOP senators and anti-segregationist Democrats, stymied the Southern Democrats’ speechathon, and transmitted the bill to President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed it.

The Post chided Richard Nixon for allegedly luring white votes "with calls for 'law and order' . . . "

The decades-old left-wing claim that demanding "law and order" is pro-white is, itself, racist. Blacks do not enjoy crime and chaos today, nor did we in 1968. With cities ripped by riots and campus ROTC offices ablaze, America needed, and most Americans wanted, law and order. Such pleas were no more anti-black than ringing the fire department while one’s roof is burning.

"During the 1980 campaign," the Post noted, "Ronald Reagan was criticized for speaking about states’ rights near Philadelphia, Miss., the town where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964." Reagan addressed the Neshoba County Fair, a popular campaign stop celebrated in June 1980’s National Geographic. Reagan briefly mentioned "states' rights" in the middle of a lighthearted, funny, race-neutral speech. "States’ rights," also called federalism, has been a basic tenet of conservatism since the 10th Amendment.

The Post ignored the fact that Reagan flew the next day to Manhattan, to address the Urban League, a major civil-rights organization. Also, as president, Reagan signed the Martin Luther King holiday into law and approved an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965— hardly the stuff of white supremacism. As for the "racist" Neshoba County Fair, that notorious white nationalist, Gov. Michael Dukakis, D-Mass., campaigned there for president in 1988.

The Post frets that "the ­president remains deeply popular within a party dominated by older white voters."

Unmentioned is the fact that Trump’s job approval among blacks, according to Rasmussen, has climbed from 19 percent in August 2017 to 36 percent last week.

The Post article may reflect Democrats’ growing panic over how this could damage their mid-term prospects — especially if Trump wisely campaigns before black audiences, trumpets the near-record black employment levels his policies have catalyzed, and urges black voters to fuel further pro-market growth by voting Republican in November.

Thus, this hit piece by The Washington Post is a classic, left-wing template for tarring the Republican Party as the natural home of American bigots. Here, classic means shopworn, discredited, and untrue. Alas, thanks to relentless repetition, these virulent lies also are tougher to shake than shingles.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online. He has been a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. Read more opinions from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.

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This hit piece by The Washington Post is a classic, left-wing template for tarring the Republican Party as the natural home of American bigots. Here, classic means shopworn, discredited, and untrue. These virulent lies are tougher to shake.
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