Over the past twelve months, liberals have performed amazing feats of contortion while trying to make Donald Trump look like a hateful racist. First, they lied and told America that Trump had called “all Mexicans” rapists and murderers and so on. Then they blamed left-wing violence on Trump’s rally rhetoric. Then they assured us that he was secretly a white supremacist based on an interview where Trump couldn’t understand what CNN’s Jake Tapper was asking him.
But that stuff was the essence of responsible journalism compared to the manufactured outrage being worked up about Trump’s “Star of David” tweet.
In case you haven’t heard, Trump tweeted out an image on Saturday of Hillary against a background of $100 bills. History Made, the legend proclaimed. In a red, six-sided star, the words: “Most corrupt presidential nominee in history” appeared.
None of this would have raised any eyebrows – not in this extraordinary election year, anyway – except for the shape of that star. Liberals pounced, accusing Trump of flirting with anti-Semitic stereotypes – Jews running the world, etc.
“Donald Trump’s use of a blatantly anti-Semitic image from racist websites to promote his campaign would be disturbing enough, but the fact that it’s a part of a pattern should give voters major cause for concern,” said Sarah Bard, a Clinton campaign spokesperson.
Trump has said they interpreted the image as a sheriff’s star.
“Dishonest media is trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David rather than a Sheriff’s star, or plain star,” Trump tweeted on Monday.
The original tweet had been deleted within two hours and subsequently replaced by one that used a red circle instead.
But the controversy, of course, rages on.
But is it a controversy, really? The media wants to make it one. The Clinton campaign wants to make it one. But does the average American really care about this? Is there anyone who really thinks Trump spends his time surfing racist websites, picking out hateful memes? Anyone think he saw this one, rubbed his hands together, and said, “Ooh, this will really help me pick up the Stormfront voters!” Come on.
Trump gets in trouble because he doesn’t walk around on eggshells like the typical politician. He’s not spending hours looking at every image and correcting every speech, just to make sure there’s nothing in there that might offend one group or another. He says what’s on his mind, and that’s a dangerous thing to do in these ultra-PC times.
It’s the people who carefully construct every moment of their public communications, using all of the approved modern terminology…those are the ones you have to watch out for.