President Trump takes a bare-knuckle approach to politics, blasting his antagonists on Twitter — but no one can honestly claim that he’s not an equal opportunity critic, as he acerbic tweets are not reserved for anyone demographic.
Not that this prevents Democrats and their media allies from claiming otherwise, that the president is a racist. Hell, they even go so far as to compare him to Adolph Hitler, as ridiculous as that is.
In the continuing aftermath of Trump ripping Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., over the living conditions in his district, Donna Edwards appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” to say Trump is reading from “the Nazi playbook.”
This coming after anchor Chris Matthews used the term “Hitlerian” to describe the president’s manner of expression.
The great irony here is that these charlatans complain about Trump’s rhetoric, only to then suggest that he wants to “exterminate” residents in cities like Baltimore.
What has the left in an uproar is the president calling Cummings’ Baltimore district a “rat and rodent infested mess” — which they insist is racially driven code, seizing on the phrase “infested,” as in crime-infested or rat-infested, to claim Trump is talking about people of color.
Never mind that rats are such a problem in the city that the Baltimore Sun maps them!
Mapping Baltimore's rat hot spots: https://t.co/obuM8Io8Ur pic.twitter.com/GdYliHDmmV via @baltsundata
— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) August 4, 2018
And does this make former Democrat Mayor Catherine Pugh, an African-American, a racist for saying during a walk through of Baltimore streets, “Whoa, you can smell the rats.”
“President Trump’s use of the word ‘infested’ to describe Congressman Cummings’ Baltimore district is part of a pattern he uses only to refer to minority communities,” Matthews claimed, seemingly convinced that if he over-emphasizes the term as he spits it out, it makes his assertion true.
The anchor goes on to list a few occasions where the president has used the term, culminating with a focus on Fox News’ Democratic host Chris Wallace picking up the party line in an interview with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
“Infested. It sounds like vermin. It sounds subhuman. And these are all six members of Congress who are people of color,” the Fox News Sunday host said, prompting an attaboy from Matthews.
“Good for Chris Wallace,” Matthews said. “Infested, infested, infested. It’s a word. It’s vermin. It’s a Hitlerian term. You go back and read Goebbels and all that stuff, it’s all about the Jews in that case. His use of the words vermin, infested — he’s obsessed with this thing about cities.
The reference to the leader of the Third Reich was all Edwards needed to jump in.
“This is the Nazi playbook, right?” she said. “You dehumanize people. You say they’re infested. It gives you the reason to, I don’t know…”
“Well, to exterminate them or something like that,” Matthews jump in, finishing her sentence for her.
“And I think this is, again, his way — and he’s done it for every single one of these cities and what many of these cities have in common is a majority African-American, in some cases African-American leadership,” Edwards added.
The standard being established is that poorly run cities with minority leadership are above criticism — most being Democratic cities. And few will reasonable argue that Baltimore is not a poorly run city.
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