The Woman Who Cried Racism
With Dems’ failed record with African Americans, new Clinton Foundation woes, Hillary uses a tired old tactic against Trump
Hillary Clinton’s speech in Reno, Nevada, on Thursday was an ill-informed screed against the alt-right intended to paint Donald Trump and his supporters as racist. But rather than reveal a racist Trump, the speech revealed a rattled Clinton, desperate to avoid facing the real issues raised by Trump’s campaign.
Clinton provided unconvincing examples of Trump’s alleged racism. “He promoted the racist lie that President Obama isn’t really an American citizen,” she said, though she declined to explain why exactly questions regarding Obama’s birth certificate are in and of themselves racist.
Clinton’s true concern is protecting the globalist establishment of which she is a key part.
She also repeated the tired claim that Trump “described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals,” and that his legitimate concerns over Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s impartiality were motivated by hate.
Clinton’s speech quickly made it clear that the her campaign’s main strategy moving forward will be to do everything deflect attention away from rising anti-globalist sentiments, legitimate concerns about Islamic terror and illegal alien crime and questions about her ethical compass as secretary of state by crying the big bad wolf of racism.
“According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, Breitbart embraces ‘ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas … Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas — all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the Alt-Right,’” she said.
Of course, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a notoriously biased, Left-wing organization, the Alt-Right is not an ideology, and what Clinton would have her supporters believe are racist ideas are many of the same positions supported by her husband in the 1990s -- most notably restoring law and order to the nation's immigration system.
Clinton’s true concern, protecting the interests of the globalist establishment, became obvious when she tied Trump’s popularity to the rise of anti-globalist, populist conservative political parties in Europe.
"This is part of a broader story — the rising tide of hardline, right-wing nationalism around the world. Just yesterday, one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum on leaving the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi."
But Clinton would do well to keep the Brexit result in mind when she slanders Trump as a racist. Like Clinton does with Trump, prominent supporters of the Remain campaign levelled charges of racism against Farage and those who supported Brexit.
As Clinton does with Trump, they, too, made wild predictions about cataclysmic consequences if the people voted Brexit. This scaremongering became so hysterical, so transparently desperate, that some believe it may have even played a role in the decision process of those who voted for Brexit.
Another lesson in Brexit is for those who would point to current polls as proof of Trump’s inevitable defeat in November. The polls painted a similar picture for Brexit’s prospects of success.
"We saw the polling industry doing everything they could to demoralized our campaign, on the day of the vote itself that morning they put us 10 points behind," said Nigel Farage, addressing a crowd of Trump supporters in Mississippi on Wednesday.
"First, we did not see this coming," wrote Chris Hanretty for the Washington Post the morning after Brexit. "For some weeks now, Stephen Fisher and Rosalind Shorrocks have been tracking referendum forecasts. They consider a wide range of sources, from forecasting models based on polls, to citizen forecasts, to betting markets. None of these methods saw a Leave outcome as the most likely outcome."
While the mainstream media in the United States continue to forecast the certainty of Trump's demise, it's worth remembering the anonymous media agreement that Leave would fail in the Brexit battle.
But not only was Clinton's speech a risky gambit to tie Trump to global forces of racism, it also displayed a stunning level of hypocrisy. She is guilty of the very charges of race baiting she levels at Trump.
"Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties," Clinton claimed.
The Democrats have built almost their entire campaign this year on stoking racial tensions and declaring their Republican adversaries racist. Clinton relentlessly talks about systemic racism in America and among the nation's police force.
The Democrats have readily and willingly allowed the Black Lives Matter movement, an often violent, anti-law enforcement group, to take over its platform, parading the mother of a petty criminal at their convention like some sort of martyr.
"There’s always been a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment. But it’s never had the nominee of a major party stoking it, encouraging it, and giving it a national megaphone. Until now," Clinton said. She’s right — but it’s her, not Trump, who is that nominee.