The term “racist” is thrown around quite a bit by mainstream media outlets.
Although the term is already overused, these new allegations against Trump bring media hysteria to a new level.
During Trump’s speech in Warsaw, Poland he spoke very highly of western civilization and our contribution to the world, he also emphasized the need to preserve our values and our way of life. Here is an excerpt from his speech:
“As the Polish experience reminds us, the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail and be successful and get what you have to have. The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”
“We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers.
We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.”
Although the speech was met with roaring applause from the Polish people, some media outlets in America saw this as a “dog whistle” for far right extremists.
Jonathan Capehart from the Washington Post writes:
“We write symphonies.” What on Earth does that have to do with anything? It’s bad enough Trump is doing the one thing his predecessors studiously avoided: engaging in the battle-of-civilizations talk that inflames anger and tensions with Muslims, particularly in the Middle East. In that one line, taken in context with everything else Trump said, what I heard was the loudest of dog whistles. A familiar boast that swells the chests of white nationalists everywhere.”
I personally don’t understand how anyone could think defending the most tolerant, accepting civilization on earth could be racist. Defending a country founded on protecting human rights and ensuring liberty for all seems to be the exact opposite of Jonathan’s claim.
What do you think? Were Trump’s comments racist?
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