Trump vs. Dems: Who Are the Real ‘Racial Arsonists’?

Larry Elder, WND, March 23, 2016

In a recent interview with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, CNN’s Jake Tapper said, “I would just ask, as a fellow American, if you could consider whether or not dialing down the temperature–trying to bring down the temperature–might be a healthier thing both for your campaign and for the nation at large.” And PBS’ Tavis Smiley–who once said Ronald Reagan “tortured” blacks–calls Trump a “religious and racial arsonist.”

If only Tapper and Smiley would urge liberals and Democrats to adhere to the same level of civility and probity they demand of Trump. For example:

Vice President Joe Biden, during a 2012 campaign speech, told a predominantly black audience in Danville, Virginia, that Republican candidate Mitt Romney was “going to put y’all back in chains.”

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in 2011, said Republicans “want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws.” She further compared the push for voter ID to the imposition of a poll tax, a notorious relic of the Jim Crow South.

Donna Brazile, now a political commentator on CNN, was the campaign manager of Al Gore’s 2000 presidential bid and served as interim chairwoman of the DNC. While Gore’s campaign chief, she said the Republican Party has a “white boy attitude,” which means, “‘I must exclude, denigrate and leave behind.’ They don’t see it or think about it. It’s a culture.”

Hillary Clinton, in a 2006 speech before a predominantly black audience, said, “When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation–and you know what I’m talking about.”

Claire McCaskill, now a senator from Missouri, said that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, “George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black.”

{snip} Julian Bond, then the chairman of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, said of Republicans in 2006: “Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and the confederate swastika flying side-by-side.” {snip}

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Charles Rangel, long-time congressman from Harlem and founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, called George W. Bush “our Bull Connor”–referring to the former public superintendent of safety in Birmingham, Alabama, who sicced dogs and turned water hoses on black and white civil rights protesters. About the GOP’s Contract with America, Rangel said, “Hitler wasn’t even talking about doing these things.”

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