Racism is a very real problem in this country. False accusations of racism are also a problem. Criticize one of Obama′s policies, and you run the risk of being labeled a racist by his supporters. Insist that you have black friends, and they will cite your denial as further proof that you are a bigot. It us quite frustrating to deal with people like this. But the best defense against being accused of racism is to acknowledge it when you see it. First of all, let′s acknowledge that progressives who mock Donald Trump and John Boehner for being ″orange″ are racist themselves. Making fun of someone for their skin color is racist. While both Trump and Boehner have led lives of privilege and leisure, I still expect better from members of a movement that prides itself on tolerance.
So of course you have cause for doubt when progressives slam Trump with the ″racist″ label. It′s sounds just like more election year mudslinging. But pay attention to what Trump says about Gonzalo Curiel, the judge overseeing his fraud case. Trump said that he wanted Curiel removed from the case, claiming a conflict of interest because this judge who was born in Indiana is of Mexican decent.
This is like saying that Dwight Eisenhower should not have been assigned to the European theater because of his German heritage. My own grandfather is of German decent and served under Eisenhower in France. Trump might as well insist that white Anglo-Saxon Protestants are disqualified from serving in our embassy in London. We all have something to lose under this kind of thinking.
Trump recently said that his comments have been misconstrued, and that he has no further comments on the case. But he has not apologized for what he has said. Without an apology or further comment, one must conclude that Trump believes a person′s ethnicity is enough to disqualify him from certain jobs or tasks.
For me and many other voters, bigotry is a deal breaker when it comes to who to vote for. Bigotry is an enemy of liberty, free markets, and other core American values. Those who support Trump will be remembered for supporting a bigot, not for trying and failing to stop Hillary Clinton. How can you expect a successful campaign from a candidate who publicly mocks the judge that is overseeing his fraud case?
I will say that Trump is making this an interesting campaign. But a huge part of the reason why elections are so boring is that presidential candidates are demonstrating that they have the grace and decorum necessary to interact with foreign leaders. Trump has not yet shown that he has these qualities.
I hope Trump comes in last place. I hope Gary Johnson, Hillary Clinton, and Jill Stein all get more votes than that Donald. I hope Mickey Mouse gets more write-ins than Trump gets votes. I hope Republicans wake up and decide to put their country before their party. I expect nothing less from members of a party that prides itself on patriotism.