President Donald Trump took a big step to help disenfranchised communities this week with an executive order.
The president signed an executive order Wednesday to bolster the already existent Opportunity Zones established via the GOP tax bill in 2017.
The intention is to direct resources to the already designated 8,700 Opportunity Zones; businesses in these districts will be subject to less restrictive regulations.
The mainstream media did not provide much coverage of the event that focused on Trump’s work to help minority communities. Unlike some of his executive orders, this one did not air on C-SPAN or on most of the cable news outlets.
Laura Ingraham, host of Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” recognized the president’s accomplishment on Thursday night on her show.
“This means more private-sector money will flow into these high-risk areas and low-development areas,” she said.
“What will that do? In turn, that will deliver jobs.”
“Trump is delivering results for those Democrats who thought they had forever co-opted politically,” she later added. “It all smashes the press’ relentless drumbeat about how the president just doesn’t like black people.”
NBC News did have a piece on the development — and the network’s concern was that President Trump’s private organizations may benefit from a more business-friendly climate.
However, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson refuted NBC’s claims, telling Ingraham on her radio program earlier in the day, “The Laura Ingraham Show,” “The zones were picked by the governors. They were not picked by Jared Kushner. There are all kinds of people in the country who already have real estate in those zones. Will they benefit? Probably. Why shouldn’t they benefit? Why shouldn’t everybody benefit? Why shouldn’t we create win-win situations?”
The executive order the president signed may indicate his interest in helping impoverished communities, but it does not change the fact that the mainstream media have still labeled him racist — as have some others in Washington, D.C., including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).
Pastor Darrell Scott, CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, said he refuses to buy into the racism narrative.
He supports the president’s order.
“I can sum all of that up in one word and that word is hogwash,” he said on “The Ingraham Angle” on Thursday night.
“I can think of a stronger word, but I can’t say it on television,” he added. “I’ve been involved with the president as far as this Opportunity Zone Act goes. For over a year-and-a-half, they’ve all been working very, very hard and yesterday saw the fruition of a lot of planning and a lot of labor-intensive activity working toward this. And this is going to enhance this entire country.”
Niger Innes, the national spokesman for Congress of Racial Equality, also said he was unhappy with the way some on the Left have embraced identity politics and attacked Trump.
“The reason the far left-wing does that is because they have had control of inner-city America for 50 years or longer,” he said. “And they’ve done nothing for the black community, nothing for the Hispanic community, and nothing for the poor working-class white community for years. So what do they do?”
“Every two years or every four years, they will drag out the racism card, which is nonsense,” Innes added. “They say, ‘You’ve got to keep me in power.’ [Rep.] Maxine Waters [D-Calif.] has been in power in her community for decades in Los Angeles, and what has she done for her community other than saying, ‘That guy over there or that woman over there, if they’re white they’re racist?’”
Not every fiscally conservative-minded individual is supportive of the president’s Opportunity Zones, however.
Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the libertarian CATO Institute, admitted he is not enamored by the new policy.
“I’m for lower taxes on investment,” he said.
“I’m for equal treatment, though,” he added. We should have lower taxes on investments across the board. The reason why cities like Detroit are poor is because of bad policy, high regulations. Detroit has some of the highest property taxes in the nation. If Detroit lowered its property taxes, it would get more business investment. You don’t need the federal government getting involved here.”
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.