The political left has repeatedly tried to paint Donald Trump as, among other things, a racist. It seems to be almost a part of their political strategy in 2020 to suggest that he houses some sort of bigotry, in fact.
However, that claim is hard to rationalize considering how the president reacted when combat veteran John James, a black gentleman who won the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate in Michigan, claimed victory. Quite contrary to the left’s expectations, he declared James a “future STAR of the Republican Party” on his Twitter feed. What could the left possibly say about this, or will they simply pretend it didn’t happen and ignore it at their convenience?
This tweet comes after CNN talk show host Don Lemon spent nine minutes ranting and complaining about the president, claiming that Donald J. Trump is somehow racist for declaring him “the dumbest man” on television in a tweet.
The CNN host declared that calling him and other African-Americans dumb was “one of the oldest canards” of America’s racist past, declaring that “black people” were of inferior intelligence to others.
Of course, President Trump did nothing of the sort; he simply stated that he believed Lemon to be dumb.
Others have pointed out their distaste with the CNN host including the Columbia Journalism Review, not known for being a right-leaning organization, which declared him to be one of the worst ‘journalists’ in media in the United States.
However, his support of John James is anything but racist.
James is not some sort of ‘token’ diversity candidate for the party. Quite the contrary, he has a strong background of achievement to run on which is more than can be said for a number of leftist politicians who receive far more airtime such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In 2004, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point which prepared him for service to the country as an officer in the United States Army.
He became an aviation officer and was even Ranger-qualified.
James logged just over 753 hours of flight time in the air, leading two Apache helicopter platoons as they supported ground troops and operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Among other awards, he earned the coveted Combat Action Badge, an award for soldiers present in a combat zone who actively engage, or are engaged by, the enemy.
He helped work to expand his family business, James Group International, after eight years of service in the Army and is now president of the organization.
He also tripled its revenue and hired 100 more employees during his time at the helm.
During that time, John James also continued his education, earning a Master of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems from Penn State, and a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Michigan.
His stances on the issues are well laid-out on his campaign website, and he meets many of the requirements that conservatives generally have for their candidates.
He’s pro-second amendment, pro-life, pro-veteran, and in favor of entitlement reform.
His website talks about his knowledge in creating jobs because he’s done just that in the past and he likely knows how to do it again.
Of course, James didn’t just have the endorsement of the president. He also had support from people like Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden.
Still, James says he wants to be judged by the content of his character, rather than by his skin color.
Now, he prepares to face Debbie Stabenow, who he called a 43-year career politician.
However, it’s his statement about how he desires to be judged that should resonate with most Americans.
President Donald Trump didn’t call him a rising star or the future of the Republican Party because he was of a certain skin color, just like his comment on Lemon’s intellect (or lack thereof).
The left-leaning media and the political left seem to be reverting back to their playbook when Barack Obama was in power. They often suggested that criticism of the president, his plans, and his policies were motivated by race, rather than simple disagreement with policy.
The president’s praise of John James is no more racially-motivated than his disdain for Don Lemon, which is itself no different in its motivation than the Columbia Journalism Review’s opinion of him.
It is arguably time for the end of the race card and the return of rational debate based on merits. Maybe James can bring that with him to Washington.