What was she smoking?
As the Washington Examiner reported it back there in July of 2016 when Donald Trump was accepting the GOP presidential nomination, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was wondering aloud the following:
“[A] lot of people who are critical of Donald Trump generally look at praise like that from someone like David Duke and wonder if he’s a gateway drug, if there is something beyond Donald Trump himself, that means a much greater transformation of the Republican Party into something that is going to be new to mainstream politics,” she said.
And what was that “something that is going to be new to mainstream politics” that Maddow feared? You guessed it: racism.
Newsflash to Ms. Maddow – you’re a little late on the subject. The hard fact is that the American Left – specifically the Democratic Party – began mainstreaming racism when the party was first founded by slave owners. From that day to this when the likes of Al Sharpton play the race card at every turn, racism is mainstreamed daily by the Left. The current furor over President Trump’s repeal of the blatantly unconstitutional Obama executive order on DACA and his accompanying demand that Congress do its duty and pass the program legislatively has quickly summoned the Left’s race card players to the fore.
Over there on Morning Joe Mika Brzezinski invited, of all people, ex-NBC anchor Tom Brokaw to play the race card and right on cue Brokaw responded thusly, bold print for emphasis:
“I think what happened is a continuation of the Republican determination to cut out Hispanic votes on their side, for as long as we can see. This has been going on for a long time. This is a rejection, on the part of the Republican Party, that we have Hispanic citizens in this country and other people, who, in many ways are inclined to share their values. Stuart Spencer, the genius of Ronald Reagan’s campaigns, he used to say we should have the Hispanic vote in our corner. These are people who family-oriented. They’re faithful. They work hard. They’ve got all those values. But for a long, long time, the Republican Party has been declaring war on Hispanics in this country.”
Really? Not only was Reagan appealing directly to Hispanics as Americans so too was George W. Bush. Yet both men were assailed by the Left as racists and Klan sympathizers – which is to say they had the race card played on them.
What Maddow tries to ignore is a hard fact of history: without playing the race card the Left would cease to be an effective force in mainstream American politics. Indeed the repeated strategies of progressive left leaders from Woodrow Wilson to Hillary Clinton is to build coalitions based on race. Wilson showcased the pro-KKK film Birth of a Nation in the White House while the New York Times noted in 2016 that Hillary Clinton’s strategy in the election was to build a coalition of black and brown voters – which is to say, like Wilson, appealing to voters directly based on their race.
The fact of the matter is that David Duke was rejected outright by Donald Trump in 2016 – and was rejected directly by Trump in 2016 and by then-President George H.W.Bush all the way back in the early 1990s.
But there is one curious omission from Maddow. In the heyday of Occupy Wall Street, Maddow couldn’t stand up fast enough for OWS. She brought on New York magazine columnist Frank Rich to bash Fox News, saying Fox was about “demonize the protesters.” And who else supported Occupy Wall Street?
That would be David Duke.
Way to go, Rachel.