Hillary Clinton was smeared as a “racist” by the Barack Obama campaign. Bill Clinton was smeared as a “racist” by the Barack Obama campaign. Yet somehow there are Republicans/conservatives who live in a fantasy world in which they believe their favored candidate for president will escape without being called a “racist”. This is just plain stupid.
It’s their party so it is up to Republicans to decide their own fate. But those Republicans/conservatives who choose to trash Donald Trump in order to remove The Donald as an obstacle to their favored candidate should remember the words of Benjamin Franklin “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
We have repeatedly warned Republicans/conservatives about what is to come and what must be done. Our first article warning Republicans/conservatives was published in May of 2009 “The Republican Secret Weapon – Hillary Clinton.” Our advice holds true today:
“In that article we advised that every time the “racist” card was played the response should be “you called Hillary Clinton a racist too and nobody believes you. Every attack from Obama thugs should be parried with “you said/did that against Hillary too and we you were wrong then and you are wrong now”. We cited conservative Andrea Tantaros who smartly responded to attacks by Obama thugs by playing the Hillary Clinton card.”
Now the “race card”, as we suggested in “The Trump Card” is being played from the top of the dirty deck against Donald Trump. Not surprisingly the “race card” is dealt by JournoListers Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman at Politico. Here’s now the smearing begins:
“Trump courts black backlash
Donald Trump’s strategy of spurring interest in his presidential campaign by flirting with discredited theories about President Barack Obama’s birthplace is stirring a growing backlash among prominent African-Americans, who are protective of the first black president and, in some cases, concerned that Trump is making a coded racial appeal.
Trump’s confrontational appearances had already begun to raise questions about whether his political flirtation was, as widely assumed, a stunt aimed at raising his profile and ratings, and his willingness to alienate a share of the television audience — and to drag his cautious corporate employers into the incendiary politics of race — have spurred speculation that he has either badly miscalculated or is serious about running for president.”
At first Ben Smith and the JournoLister cohort mocked Donald Trump’s potential campaign as a publicity stunt. After the polls in New Hampshire and nationwide demonstrated that The Donald poses a real threat to the golden calf, the smears began and the lies and misrepresentations began in organized earnest.
As with Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, the race card was initially played with insinuations about raised “questions”. With Donald Trump the not very disguised threat is that he will “drag his cautious corporate employers into the incendiary politics of race.” Take note NBC this is a warning to you from the JournoListers.
JournoLister Ben Smith then takes off the wrapping from the dirty deck and plays the race card followed by another race card:
“There’s a lot of people that I’ve talked to [who] instinctively think that he’s using the issue as a proxy for race,” Urban League President Marc Morial, the former New Orleans mayor, told POLITICO. “I don’t know if it has resonance in the Republican Party but I certainly think it has resonance in certain far right elements of the American public.”
“It’s like a modern day Salem witch trial — because there’s no merit to it,” he said.
Morial’s comment follows escalating criticism from black colleagues of Trump’s in the entertainment industry.
“He needs to stop saying that racist bulls— Birther s—,” Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend told The Root last week. “Quote me, please. He should be ashamed of himself. It’s awful, really.”
Bill Cosby has also engaged in a public spat with Trump, who is only running, Cosby said, “his mouth.”
“Donald Trump is such a looser 2 me this morning by trashing our president!” actress Vivica Fox tweeted. “I mean really dude! STFU!” His “Celebrity Apprentice” castmate Star Jones also tweeted her objection to birther views, and suggested they are motivated by race.”
He’s a racist! The threat directed at Trump is made very very clear – shut up or the race card will turn to a race based assault:
“Trump’s shows boast a solid African-American viewership and black cast members [and a recent NBC/WSJ poll found, according to NBC’s Domenico Montanaro, that the among the groups that views him most positively is African-Americans], some of whom he’s likely alienating. “As a people, we celebrated his business acumen; purchased his books and anything else with the Trump name we could get our hands on,” Goldie Taylor wrote on The Grio. “Now among African-Americans, the once gilded Trump brand is about as worthless as a plug nickel.”
“I’m not calling Trump a racist. But he ought to quit quacking before people start believing he’s a duck.,” she wrote.”
Shut up Donald Trump or you too will be smeared as a RACIST. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton also had that “gilded” brand of popularity among African-Americans. Then the race card was played and life long civil rights activism (not just recent words) was smeared away and they became “racists”.
Donald Trump and every Republican/conservative candidate and website better get ready to be branded as “racists”. Trump better prepare for the attempts to shut him up by going after his supporters and enterprises and labeling them racists. Prepare for an Al Sharpton picket line and crazed protests:
“Hank Ernest, who works in public relations in Atlanta and first pointed this dynamic out to me a couple of weeks ago, said he’d stopped watching The Apprentice and, after joking about a boycott on Facebook, been surprised by his friends enthusiasm for the idea.
“I figure that this is Trump’s way of realizing that he won’t get the black vote, so he might as well get all the white vote he can,” he said.”
Republicans/conservatives and even Hillary Clinton supporters who don’t fight back better not complain when other candidates are smeared. If Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and to a much lesser extent Donald Trump can so easily be smeared as “racists” imagine how elementary Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney (one of those behind the scenes and even publicly trashing Donald Trump after secretly trashing Sarah Palin), Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Haley Barbour (already hit with the charge), Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Ron Paul, will be to smear. Herman Cain better not think he won’t be labeled a racist either just because he is black. Marco Rubio better not think he is immune (quite the contrary) to the race card because he is Latino.
Donald Trump will be on the Sean Hannity show tonight. He better be prepared to respond to the race card. The smears are coming from Barack Obama’s closest allies:
“Gov. Patrick: Racism in birther movement
New York (CNN) – In an interview with CNN’s “In the Arena” host Eliot Spitzer, Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick admitted racism may be playing into the birther movement.
Patrick, a close friend and political ally of the president, campaigned for him in 2008 and plans to appear with Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.
When asked whether questioning the president’s birth certificate can be linked to racism, Patrick said, “Well, there might be.”
“I think there are people who are organizing around their anger rather than around particular issues.” Patrick said. “Anger and fear has been a tool used politically for a long time in the world and is being used I think by the national republican party today.”
Any smear, any lie will do. Late yesterday a news item by the “respectable” U.S. News and World Report claimed that Republican National Chairman told “Donald Trump and other so-called “birthers”: Shut up!” STFU! The story was completely fake. Reince Priebus has never said such a thing.
The Race Card is being played against Donald Trump because he can potentially win. It’s The Race Card Versus the Trump Card. Republican/conservative Red State ‘splains:
“I’m not surprised Mitt Romney is the front runner right now. I knew that he would be. Large segments of Americans don’t want another George W. Bush traditional Republican. You can beat your head against a wall about that for a long time to come, but that’s what my people say. And my guess is that he’s going to be the Republican nominee in the end. What’s more surprising, though, is that Donald Trump is gaining so much ground, so quickly.
How can this be? I myself am surprised at that, a little, so I’ve tried to think of an answer as to why?
While everyone’s heads are also spinning trying to answer that question, I can give a few guideposts: the fact is that Donald Trump is doing a better job when he’s in front of the camera articulating a message against Barack Obama’s second term in office. He doesn’t pull punches, and he just speaks very plainly. He’s doing an especially good job telling Americans what they want to hear about China, and in terms of the economy he’s pumping out red meat through a firehose. I expect that firehose to turn into a whole Company pretty soon.
But here’s the big lesson, and this is why Trump is rising: In terms of our recent national politics, he’s someone everyone knows but is also a completely fresh face, and when he did reveal himself as a Republican it attracted DROVES of attention. He’s a chimeric figure. He is the middle ground between Barack Obama (who nobody knew) and John McCain (who everybody knew). America also doesn’t want a traditional Republican Conservative and it also doesn’t want another Obama. Donald Trump has gauged the national mood precisely. Obama looks more and more like a train wreck every day, he’s obviously beholden and ineffective, and Americans are looking for something…comfortably radical.”
Donald Trump is doing very well in the polls, at the moment. Even the piano players in the whorehouse have been forced to acknowledge this reality:
“Eccentric billionaire, real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump is now tied for the lead in the Republican presidential primary race, according to a CNN poll released today.
That finding caps off a stunning two weeks that have seen Trump rising in the GOP field nationally and polling near the front of the pack in crucial early primary states. And while the primaries are still a long way off, and only a few candidates are officially in the field, it raises the question of just how viable a Trump candidacy would be. [snip]
This is the second poll in as many weeks to show Trump giving the establishment candidates a run for their money. Last week, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed Trump running in second place at 17%, just behind frontrunner Romney’s 21%.
Romney fell furthest in the CNN survey since March, dropping seven points from his second place finish one month ago.”
Many Republican/conservative websites are scratching their heads and rationalizing that Trump can’t win and that his “threat” to go independent has doomed him. They might be right, they might be wrong. Certainly they know the inner workings of their party better than we do. But Donald Trump is a joke only to those who might not be laughing very soon:
“I’ve been worried that this whole presidential flirtation was little more than a ploy to drive up ratings on “The Apprentice,” but according to Newsmax, he’s set to declare next month.
Oh, also: He’ll be providing details of his announcement press conference during the season finale of “The Apprentice.” [snip]
His timing is perfect: Arizona’s senate finally passed its “Birther bill” just this morning. Rick Santorum may or may not be in the process of announcing his own candidacy on Greta Van Susteren’s show as I write this, which is also good news. The bigger the field, the more fun the race will be to blog. Imagine a southern bloc of Huckabee and Barbour, a libertarian bloc of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson, a “true conservative” bloc of Palin, Bachmann, and Santorum, a bland yet probably electable bloc of Romney, Pawlenty, and Daniels, and … Gingrich somehow left over. Traffic bonanza.”
Yes, it will be a traffic bonanza (Donald Trump denies the report that he will say anything related to his potential run on his TV shows). We will predict now that the final episode of that reality show we have never ever watched will have a traffic/ratings bonanza and that no race baiting “boycott” will bring it low:
“Exclusive: Trump to Announce His Run for President
If you wonder whether Donald Trump is serious about running for president, tune in to the finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on May 15.
Trump plans to say on the NBC show that he will be holding a press conference a few days after the May 15th show. At that press conference in the Trump Tower in New York, Trump will be announcing his candidacy for the presidency.
Even then, many will snicker that it’s all a publicity stunt. But that defies the facts and common sense.
Of all the people on the planet, Donald Trump is the last person who needs more publicity. And if he is riding a groundswell of support, why would he—or anyone else—decide not to run?
Since writing the first story in January to report that Trump will definitely run, I have been amazed at how much the idea of a Trump presidency is catching on across the political spectrum. As I wrote in my story, Don’t Underestimate Donald Trump for President, he can be outrageous and boastful. But when it comes to a successful run at the presidency, don’t count him out.”
“What motivates Trump is his disgust with President Obama, whom he considers a “disaster.” Instead of using euphemisms to describe terrorists, as the Obama administration has done, “I would go after terrorists like nobody in history,” Trump tells me.
Hungry for a change from politicians who speak out of both sides of their mouth, people appreciate Donald’s take-no-prisoners solutions to the problems the country faces. They figure that a guy who has amassed a fortune of $2.4 billion can be trusted to handle the economy and foreign affairs. Unlike other Republican candidates, Donald will have the media on his side.”
That last sentence is pathetic. Big Media will still consider Barack Obama their “darling”. For the moment Big Media, particularly the new owners of NBC/MSNBC have been staggered in The Donald’s success. NBC dares not attack Donald Trump for now. But after the fake reality shows are over, reality will hit the fan and Big Media JournoListers will go all out to smear and cause fear.
That Donald Trump has never had a drink in his life, not even a glass of white wine, will soon be turned into a menace. That he has very good relationships with his five children will be somehow turned into some ugly pimping (call Chelsea and find out what is going to happen to you and your kids Donald). His popularity will be dismissed as “name recognition”. The womanizing between marriages and the multiple marriages will be, like his hair, turned into a “character” issue by the busybodies of the right and the hypocrites of the left.
If he runs Donald Trump will not be caught unawares. He has apparently been planning and thinking:
“From talking with him, I can tell that he has thought through the details of running. Agree with him or not, those who think Trump is pulling a publicity stunt have trouble grasping the novelty of a non-politician caring enough about his country to run for president.”
Those that deride The Donald’s use of the “birther” issue miss the fact that it has indeed galvanized a critical mass in support of him. They also miss the fact that the “birther” issue is not going away until a birth certificate is produced because there are moves in state after state to make sure that there is some transparency, as had been promised, by Barack Obama. Already Arizona is poised to make a major chess move on this issue:
“Arizona’s state Senate approved a bill Wednesday that will require presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before they can be included on a state ballot.
Prompted by challenges to President Barack Obama’s citizenship and, therefore, eligibility for the job, the bill passed 20-9 in the Senate, and now moves to the state House for a final vote before heading to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk.
The legislation, a revised version of an earlier bill that would have required each candidate to provide a “long-form” birth certificate, also gives candidates the option of instead providing two of the following documents: an early baptismal or circumcision certificate, a hospital birth record, a postpartum hospital record for the mother or an early census record.”
As with any Politico report on the birth certificate issue, this one too misses the mark. The Arizona bill, actually is much more stringent (read it HERE) and requires a candidate for president to prove that he or she is compliant with the Constitution’s “natural born citizen” requirement. Oklahoma and other states are poised to follow Arizona.
If Donald Trump forces Obama to be transparent and produce his birth certificate, even if it turns out everything is clean and above board, Donald Trump will have scored a victory. If Barack Obama persists in not producing documentation then the questions will continue to rise and even the most adoring Obama fans will have to wonder “what is he hiding?” But some Republicans/conservatives don’t want to accept these formulations.
“Let’s face it: Obama loves when people question his place of birth. Every minute we spend discussing if Obama was born in Kenya is a minute we don’t spend saying that our weakling, perpetually golfing president has only made our economy worse and led us into a third war with nary a word of discussion. It’s time spent not pointing out that Obama promised the most outrageous things in the world – oceans would lower!–and delivered on exactly zero of those promises. Trump dragging this issue back into the spotlight is only good for one person: the American-born Barack Obama.
“Is it unfair, all you birthers out there? Sure, it’s unfair. Republicans waiting for the media to be fair to them will be waiting a long time. The Barack Obama birth certificate story is very similar in nature to the George W. Bush AWOL story. Both have no merit, both are the ‘smoking gun’ opponents hope will end their hated politicians career. Of course, our venerable media picked over the Bush records with a fine tooth comb. Associated Press sued to get the documents. Dan Rather and 60 Minutes wanted so badly to believe that the president had fudged his service that they aired the most obvious forgery of all time in primetime.”
“Ever wondered where Ann Coulter comes down on the controversy surrounding Barack Obama’s birth certificate? Well the following clip from tonight’s episode of Hannity will not only reveal to you that she thinks that Donald Trump’s recent “birther” campaign seems somewhat insane, but that the entire birth certificate was ginned up by the Hillary Clinton campaign and is promoted by the liberal media as a means to delegitimize any criticism of what she thinks is a terrible presidency. Surprise!?
Host Sean Hannity seemed slightly taken aback by Coulter’s defense of the overall legitimacy of Obama’s presidency (at least in the strictest constitutional terms of being born in these United States of America) and pushed his guest to find some common ground with Trump’s seemingly quixotic exploration of Obama’s birth certificate.
Perhaps odder is the fact that Coulter’s fearless attack on Trump’s birther bombast sounds eerily similar to a post written by Mediaite’s own Tommy Christopher published earlier today. Christopher also made a Charlie Sheen reference in another Trump/Birther post. OMG – Ann Coulter is now getting her political talking points from Tommy Christopher?!”
Perhaps, if Trump keeps gaining, Coulter will denounce Trump as a racist too. Coulter has not noticed that Trump speaks not only about the birth certificate but about other matters as well, including high oil prices, which Trump blames on Obama:
“Trump Continues on Offense…
As gas prices continued to climb today, Donald Trump blasted “Mr. Wind Energy” Obama today on the high oil prices.
Real estate developer Donald Trump blames President Obama for the rising price of oil, warning, “this country can never, ever recover” if oil prices continue to go up.
“That’s really the life’s blood of the country,” Trump told CNBC in a phone interview on Monday. The Trump Organization chairman, who says he’s considering running for president, plans to decide “before June” on the matter.
He contended that Obama is not a leader and is “in bed with these (OPEC) people. He doesn’t speak the way you have to speak to them.”
Although he blames China for “ripping off our country,” Trump gives them credit for using US funds to rebuild airports, bridges and other infrastructure.”
It’s not an either/or proposition. Oil prices can be discussed, bowing before OPEC can be discussed, the birth certificate issue can be discussed, Obama’s lack of transparency can be discussed, and even Antoin “Tony” Rezko can be discussed.
There are a lot of unanswered questions about Barack Obama that must be asked and answered. IB Times reported:
“President Obama “never did a deal in his life except with Tony Rezko,” said Donald Trump on Fox News.
“People should look into that one,” he added.
Trump once again went on the offensive against Obama. His previous point of attack was doubts over Obama’s birthplace. Now, it’s the latter’s long history with Tony Rezko, who Hillary Clinton in 2008 called a “slum landlord.”
Rezko is am Illinoisan political fundraiser who was convicted for fraud and bribery in 2008. He was accused of using his political position to extort money from businesses seeking contracts from the Illinois Teachers System Board and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.
Back in the 1990s (before Rezko’s offenses took place), two companies owned by Rezko gave the first ever contributions to Obama’s Illinois Senate campaign. In the 2000s, he served on Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign finance committee.
In 2005, Rezko’s wife bought a lot adjacent to a house Obama purchased for $625,000 and subsequently sold a part of it to Obama. The deal generated much controversy back in Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.”
If the “character issue” matters, it is not Donald Trump’s hair which should be the issue. The issue is Obama’s history and actions and friends. Get it Ann?
Donald Trump it seems is not going away and neither is the birth certificate issue nor the race-baiting “racist” charges. Mike Huckabee knows that when he makes his decision as to whether or not to run for president, Donald Trump will possibly be on the debate stage with him. Maybe Donald Trump will prove to be a boob, maybe not, but Huck thinks Trump will be on that stage:
“Silly fun from today’s Laura Ingraham show, the highlight of which is Huck’s recounting of a recent tete-a-tete between the two. Diplomatic, deferential, and an electoral asset on a national ticket: Clearly, the job profile of a vice presidential candidate screams “Donald Trump.” Although, in fairness, they do complement each other nicely. Deep south and NYC, blue collar and white collar, Christian and Mammon, governor and businessman. Huck’s only problem is figuring out how to convince Trump to be second on the ticket instead of at the top. Has the Donald ever been beta to another guy’s alpha? Maybe we should be thinking about Trump/Huckabee instead.
It looks like Haley Barbour’s a lock to get in, which means he’s also probably a lock for the Huckabee endorsement if Huck decides not to run. But I can’t help wondering… What if Barbour surprised everyone by staying out? Would Huck consider giving Trump a social-con seal of approval by endorsing him before Iowa — if only to boost DT’s numbers to the point where he might credibly threaten Romney in New Hampshire? Or would he target Mitt by backing Pawlenty, who’s a more serious threat for the nomination? Damn, this’ll be a fun campaign to blog.”
It won’t be fun when the “racist” charge is flung at every candidate who opposes Barack Obama. The race card cuts deep and Republicans/conservatives who think their candidate will be immune from that rapier cut are fooling themselves. Donald Trump understands what will happen even if Republicans/conservatives who oppose him don’t:
“The show’s host, Fred Dicker — who is also the New York Post’s state editor, read a recent poll showing Obama’s sky-high support among African-Americans.
Trump said the numbers were troubling and pointed to Hillary Clinton as proof that he probably won’t get the kind of support among African-Americans that he deserves.
“I tell it like it is,” Trump said. “[Y]ou’ll hear a political reporter go on and say it had nothing to do with race. But how come she had such a tiny piece of the vote? And you know, it’s a very sad thing.
“I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks. But unfortunately, it seems that, you know, the numbers you cite are very, very frightening numbers.”
Dicker said, somewhat rhetorically, that votes should always be based on merit, not on race.
“If that were the case, why did Hillary Clinton do so poorly?” Turmp asked.
The Race Card is being played, and it cuts everyone. Donald Trump has his own cards to play and soon we will see how the race card stacks up against the Trump card. At least Donald Trump, unlike others, understands what the race-baiters will do. We’re betting that the Trump card is Aces high.