There are not enough hours in the day for left wing radicals, Democrats, and their media allies to blame and accuse President Trump of creating a climate of hate and intolerance in our country.
They want America to believe that Trump’s rhetoric is responsible for the environment that led one deranged person to send pipe bombs to 13 Trump antagonists and another to slaughter 11 Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Their concerns and allegations are misplaced.
It’s not those on the right spewing hatred and venom — they are!
Of course, they would never criticize their own.
Just look at the rhetoric of the 13 people who were the targets of the deranged pipe bomber. Rarely, if at all, did the media or Democrats criticize their rhetoric or call it harmful. Yet, they eagerly criticized any Trump response.
Remember a few weeks ago when Minister Louis Farrakhan tweeted a video clip where he compared Jews to termites, “I’m not an antiSemite. I’m anti-Termite”?
The selective indignation and hypocrisy of the left and the media on racism is sickening. I do not recall any outcry of condemnation against Farrakhan from Democrats and media commentators now saying that Trump is responsible for the environment of hate which led to the above incidents of terror.
And, I don’t remember any major Jewish organizations condemning Farrakhan either. Is that because they do not want to offend the black political leadership which has shown its support for him? That includes the Congressional Black Caucus and former Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair, and current candidate for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has also been accused of domestic violence.
The latest charge of racism from the left is directed at Trump and anyone who dares criticize the “caravan” of thousands headed to our southern border from Central America — stroking fear and racism they argue. They obviously forgot that Senator Barack Obama said in 2005:
“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the U.S. undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country…”
The media and other Democrats didn’t criticize him for spreading a message of fear and racism.
When CNN liberal black host Don Lemon called Kanye West’s White House visit a “minstrel show” not a peep from the left — because they despise any blacks who support Trump.
More recently Lemon said that white men were a terror threat: hate, racism “So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.”
“We have to start doing something about them.” What does that mean? Don’t worry, no one will ask or criticize him because he is a liberal black journalist and will get a pass just like Farrakhan.
Would they be silent if a white cable personality had said that the biggest terror threat in this country is Muslim men; or black men; or Jewish men?
Definitely not! They would suffer a fate similar to Megyn Kelly of NBC who lost her daily show for her comments regarding “Black Face” Halloween costumes.
And let’s not forget GQ magazine’s Julia Ioffe who said on CNN that Trump has “radicalized more people than ISIS ever did.” While CNN host Jake Tapper sat silent and did not challenge her comments, at least GOP commentator David Urban did.
Although she later apologized on the show saying she exaggerated, she still got her digs in saying that it was no coincidence that antiSemitic attacks jumped nearly 60 percent in Trump’s first year.
A good example of how divided the nation is and how tense the times are was the decision, for whatever reason, of both Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Democratic Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to refuse meet with the President and First Lady during their visit to Pittsburgh.
They went to Pittsburgh to pay their country’s respects for and honor the slain worshipers and their families; and, express thanks to and visit the first responders who were wounded by the gunman. They were welcomed by the Synagogue’s Rabbi who walked with them as they lay white roses in memory of those slain.
Yet, the media mostly focused on the antiTrump demonstrators and those in the Jewish community opposed to his visit. It did not show America how well the President and First Lady were received by workers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center when they visited the survivors of the shooting.
As the Daily Caller reported, a video of the visit posted on Twitter shows doctors and nurses saying, “Thank you, President Trump!” “Keep it up!” “Can I shake your hand?” “Thank you for coming.”
Of course, we did not see that in major media coverage.
This was the worst slaughter of Jewish Americans in the country’s history. It was not the time for the governor, mayor, any politician, religious leader — or the media — to play politics, regardless of the excuse.
But that’s the way the media and the left foment division and discord!
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida.