With the Democratic Party nationally under siege for peddling hate, making anti-Semitic slurs and not realizing wearing “blackface” was racist, Chelsea Clinton evidently thinks a good offense is better than no defense.
As Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was being torched Tuesday as much for her “apology” as her blatant expressions of anti-Semitic hate, Chelsea excused Omar by attacking President Trump “for his embrace of white nationalism & anti-Semitic & Islamophobic hate.”
What was Chelsea Clinton doing? Engaging in Josef Goebbels’ old Big Lie strategy. Perhaps the Nazi propagandist’s most famous quote was: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” It may also have been the only thing he said that was entirely truthful and accurate.
While I know Donald J. Trump is more than up to task of defending himself against cruel and untruthful accusations of bigotry, I think it’s important for other Americans to fight this Big Lie directly so that people in the U.S. or around the world don’t believe it any more than members of the Clinton family do.
I grew up in the New York area at the same time Donald Trump was building his real estate empire. He was a famous person, a local celebrity throughout that time. He was a media darling. He was not very political. But he was a star.
It was always clear Trump had an ego, but no one ever called him a racist, an anti-Semite or Islamophobic. Not once.
Later, Trump became an even bigger star through his work on television. In fact, he was now not only the toast of New York, but Hollywood as well. No one ever called him a racist, anti-Semite or Islamophobic. Not once.
Before his bid for the presidency in 2016, Trump was a media darling, a source of all kinds of political speculation; everything the man said was newsworthy – headlines, soundbites. Again, no one ever called him a racist, anti-Semite or Islamophobic. Not once.
Do you know why?
Because he wasn’t. Because there was no evidence to do so. Because he wasn’t perceived as serious political a threat to left.
Yet, since he began running for president in 2015 and during his presidency, he’s been called a lot of hateful names because he has become a serious threat to the left.
The Big Lie theory has worked. There are few leftists around who haven’t convinced themselves Trump is guilty of all this hatred and bigotry. There’s just one problem with that. There’s still no evidence in anything he has said or done.
I’ve searched endlessly through the accusations, and there’s simply no there there.
Indeed, the most substantive and repeated slur against Trump – that of supporting “white nationalists” – began following the riot in Charlottesville, Va., between violent leftists from groups like antifa and Black Lives Matter and Nazis and racists on the other side.
While Trump said “both sides” were to blame for the violence, the closest he came to “support” for the “white nationalists” was by saying there were “fine people on both sides.” What Trump clearly meant by that remark was that there are always some nice people caught up on either side of a political rally gone bad. He no more offered support for any white nationalists than he did for antifa.
As far as I can tell, that is the absolute genesis of this Big Lie. The Islamophobia charge goes back to his campaign call for stronger controls on travel and immigration from countries that represent strong terror threats – also totally misrepresentative of his views. As for anti-Semitism, I can’t even think of any charges based on anything outside of Chelsea Clinton’s vivid imagination.
The hate against Trump is all in the eyes and hearts of the beholders.
You can call Trump arrogant. You can say he’s not humble. You can even suggest he is sometimes overly braggadocious. But, the truth is, Trump doesn’t have a trace of bigotry or prejudice in his character.
The more racism and anti-Semitism are on full display within the left and the Democratic Party, the more they are likely to try to score shameful political points with the power of the Big Lie.