In a remarkable speech at the Republican National Convention, NFL legend Herschel Walker pushed back hard on the left-wing narrative that President Donald Trump is an incorrigible racist who hates people of color. Walker said that his longtime friendship with Trump put lie to that claim – that he’d watched Trump through the years treat black people with every bit as much respect and kindness as he treats white people.
“One time, I planned to take his kids to Disney World with my family. At the last minute, Donald said he’d like to join us. So there he was, in a business suit, on the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride. That was something to see. It just shows you what a caring, loving father he is,” Walker recalled.
“It hurts my soul to hear the terrible names that people call Donald,” he continued. “The worst one is racist. I take it as a personal insult that people would think I would have a 37-year friendship with a racist. People who think that don’t know what they’re talking about. Growing up in the Deep South, I have seen racism up close. I know what it is and it isn’t Donald Trump.”
Walker said that the dominant view of Trump’s personality – as a greedy racist only out for himself – was in jarring contrast to the man he’d known for decades.
“I’ve seen him treat janitors, security guards, and waiters the same way that he would treat a VIP,” Walker said. “He made them feel special because he knew they were. He understands that they are the people who make this country run. They clean. They cook. They build. They drive. They deliver. He told me, ‘Herschel, make an effort to get to know people. Remember their names.’ That stuck with me.”
Walker reminded viewers that you don’t have to put on a performance to prove you care about the problems facing minorities in America.
“Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our National Anthem, and our country doesn’t mean they don’t care about social justice,” he said. “He shows how much he cares about social justice and the black community through his actions and his actions speak louder than any stickers or slogans on a jersey.”
Meanwhile, we just saw an article in Salon telling us that Republicans are racist because they keep pronouncing Kamala Harris’s name wrong.
Good to hear some sanity on the issue of race and Donald Trump. We wish we could hear more.