Guest Author: Josh Kantrow
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As we consider the charges or racism being made against various individuals President-elect Trump is appointing or considering, let’s keep in mind that this tactic is nothing new for the left.
Leading Democratic figures and their mainstream media supporters charged George W. Bush with:
- Not caring “about black people,”
- Being our modern-day “Bull Connor” (the racist Birmingham Democratic police commissioner who in 1963 turned fire hoses and attack dogs on civil rights protesters),
- Using “Nazi tactics and propaganda,”
- Working with “digital brown shirts,”
- Being a “fascist” and the closest thing in a long time to dictator of the world,” and
- Targeting Holocaust victims.
Antiwar demonstrations routinely featured “Bush as Hitler” imagery. Journalists spoke about trying the administration Nuremberg-style for waging the Iraq War. Especially rich is the frequency with which Dem. Sen. Robert Byrd, ironically a former Klansman, launched such attacks. A book featured a jacket with Dick Cheney sporting a Hitler-esque mustache made of oil.
The loathsome and smug New York Times columnist Paul Krugman called Mitt Romney a “charlatan,” pathologically dishonest, and untrustworthy. He said Romney doesn’t even pretend to care about poor people and wants people to die so that the rich could get richer. Romney is “completely amoral,” “a dangerous fool,” “ignorant as well as uncaring,” said Krugman.
Another commentator deemed Romney “dangerous” and “scary,” and a celebrity said “If you’re a woman, you should be very, very scared.” President Obama ran an ad against him portraying Romney as uniquely dangerous for women. “I’ve never felt this way before, but it’s a scary time to be a woman,” said a woman in the ad. Romney was frequently called a “bully,” “anti-immigrant,” “racist,” “stupid,” and “unfit” to be president.
John McCain’s rallies were alleged to be similar to those held by George Wallace. A McCain campaign video was compared to “an over-the-top parody of fascist campaign propaganda from a movie, and sounds like Triumph of the Will.” The Obama campaign claimed that McCain was playing racial politics for daring to suggest that Obama was preemptively accusing him and the GOP generally of racism.
I could go on, but hopefully you get the point. Racism, of course, should never be tolerated. I do not want any racists in government, including the Trump Administration. I would encourage the President-elect to choose advisors and a cabinet that reflects our country’s great diversity. I’d like to even see him pick a few Democrats. So far I am seeing too many white men. But perhaps our liberal friends have been crying wolf for a bit too long for us to take their overblown charges of racism seriously.
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Josh M. Kantrow is an attorney, a vice-chair of his firm’s national Professional Liability Practice, an AV® Preeminent™ peer review rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, a Chicago “Top Rated Lawyer,” and a frequent speaker at legal, insurance and cyber security conferences in the United States, Britain, and Israel. Josh is active in Chicago’s Jewish community, where he has taken leadership positions. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.