The liberal media will stop at nothing when it comes to using the dark specter of racism as a bludgeoning tool for their irresponsible, un-American ideology. Whenever confronted with a self-evident truth that would have been universally accepted only a few years ago – in other words, an argument they cannot possibly hope to win – they turn to “racism” as a conversation stopper. And they LOVE to pull out this attack on President Donald Trump, as we’ve seen throughout the course of his short political career. This isn’t the first time they’ve done it, although this may be the furthest they’ve had to stretch to make a connection.
Basically, what the networks were saying this weekend comes down to this: The NFL players are largely black…they are ostensibly protesting police brutality…therefore when the (white) president criticizes them, he does so from a place of racist hostility. Essentially, they’re making the argument that no white person can oppose these protests. That all the talk about patriotism is just a front for hidden racist sentiment.
Astute readers will recall that most – if not all – criticism of Barack Obama fell into this same category.
On ABC’s Good Morning America, anchor Dan Harris and ESPN reporter Ryan Smith told us all about the president’s secret “coded language” to white racists.
“Ryan, it’s hard to ignore the racial component here,” Harris said. “The president went on this jag on Friday night in front of a largely white audience.”
“Well, I think there’s a lot of talk now about coded language,” Smith said. “You think about what he said. Disrespecting ‘OUR’ heritage. ‘WE,’ to that largely white crowd. I think there’s a lot of folks out there and look at this and say: ‘What are you really trying to say here?'”
Well, when President Trump says OUR heritage, he means…Americans. When he says WE, he means patriots who still believe that the national anthem and the flag mean something more than the sum of their colors and lyrics. So WHAT if the audience was “largely white?” You can’t talk about patriotism or football in front of a white crowd without being accused of racism? Of using super-duper-secret code words? This is outlandish.
Things were even worse over on NBC, where Detroit Free Press writer Stephen Henderson made the astonishing claim that…well, just read it for yourself!
“He is not randomly attacking these players,” argued National Review’s Rich Lowry on Meet the Press. “He is attacking them because they’re kneeling during the national anthem. And the national anthem is not a white supremacist symbol.”
To which Henderson replied: “Some of the words of the national anthem are white supremacist.”
A startled Lowry said, “You think the national anthem is racist?”
“I think this is a country whose history is racist, whose history is steeped in white supremacy, and the anthem reflects that in its very words–”
The conversation devolved from there and we never got to hear exactly why and how the Star-Spangled Banner is a racist song, and that’s probably for the best. Our television set would likely not have survived the explanation.