One year after the violence in Charlottesville we’ve learned two important lessons, and neither of them have anything to do with racism.
And the main reason for that is most of us are already A+ students when it comes to racism. Yes, person whose career depends on the false claim that we’re all racist and just don’t know it. I said it: There’s nothing really left to learn when it comes to racism.
It’s wrong, and indefensibly so, and its adherents are blights on our nation’s progress and unity.
And it doesn’t take any courage to point any of that out.
In fact when it comes to the conversation of race in America, the only people demonstrating any actual bravery at all are the ones who oppose racism but still defend a racist’s right to free speech. That takes courage. But calling out white supremacists and New York Times employees for their racism isn’t really all that courageous. So before anything else, let’s stop pretending that people who denounce racism are exercising some grand gesture of courage. Denouncing racism is the single least courageous, and in fact most conformist, thing a person in American society can do. And that’s the way it should be. That’s a good thing.
But as anyone on the right will tell you, the Democrats and their mainstream media allies will still exploit the race conversation for their political ends. They do it all the time. And in defense of the swamp they all rely on for their sustenance, they turned the volume way up in their accusations against President Trump. Which brings us to the first lesson learned after Charlottesville…
THE MEDIA WILL LIE & CREATE HATRED TO HURT PRESIDENT TRUMP
The mainstream media, along with many establishment Republicans and every Democrat, have spent the last year creating hatred and division by lying about President Trump’s response to Charlottesville. The narrative they’ve spun is that he refused to condemn racists in the wake of the violence, and that he said there are “some very fine Nazis.”
Both of those claims are easily-disproven.
He condemned the racists by name and without qualification.
And he made it very clear that the other people he referenced, the “very fine people,” were people other than the racists.
How do I know that?
Because it’s literally what he said.
“And you had people, and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis or the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”
He said clearly he was talking about people “other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists.” But don’t tell Jonah Goldberg that…
Everybody got that? According to Jonah Goldberg’s paraphrasing, Trump said “some of the Charlottesville Nazis were good people.” An easily-disproven smear that Jonah and his fellow once-prominent, now-exiled conservative media grifters have never been called out for.
So who are the other people Trump was referring to? Well, he was also crystal clear about that:
“You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue.”
Sober and intellectually honest people knew that those were the people President Trump was referring to. At no point did any sane person believe that he was standing there arguing that “there are some very fine Nazis.”
But that’s what the media has casually spent the last year promoting.
He condemned the racists who, vile as they are, had a permit for their ridiculous little rally. He also condemned the violent AntiFa protesters who showed up armed-to-the-teeth and ready to fight. And he defended some people on both sides of the larger debate as having “very fine people” among them; those who aren’t pro-hatred AltRight racists, or pro-violence AltLeft fascists.
But the media has spent the last year lying to the American public — stoking hatred and fear while creating brand new racism — by claiming that he didn’t condemn Nazis, and in fact called them “very fine people.” It simply didn’t happen.
So the unfortunate lesson number one is that the media will lie and create brand new hatred, fear and division if it means they stand a chance of hurting President Trump in the process. It’s too bad, but it’s where we are right now.
MEDIA AND MANY REPUBLICANS ARE NOW ON THE RECORD SAYING VIOLENCE IS AN ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE TO SPEECH
The second lesson we learned is that people like Jake Tapper, Jeff Flake, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Stephen Hayes, Ben Sasse and so many others are now on the record saying that violence is an acceptable response to speech. Whether they realized it at the time or not, they all came out and said “We hate racism more than we love free speech.”
And that might sound good because whoever hates racism more, wins. Right?
Not so fast.
Hating racism is great, but in the USA — and this is the part where I’m the one being brave — it’s not more important than loving free speech. Because in the USA, speech is the best weapon. It’s the best weapon if you’re arguing for lower taxes and more individual liberty, and it’s the best weapon if you’re arguing against hatred and racism.
But when the spineless and feckless establishment GOP virtue-signalers came out in lockstep, all saying that the racists were to blame and any deviation from that position amounted to advocacy for racism, they also said they no longer cared about evidence or defending free speech.
They said that violence is an acceptable response to speech.
“Where? I didn’t hear them say that,” you might press.
It was a concrete implication. As each of them came out, one by one, and said that the racists were to blame for the violence and there couldn’t possibly be another viewpoint, they were saying “I don’t care who swung first. I don’t care about evidence. If violence breaks out and a racist is present, then it’s automatically the racist’s fault.”
And that’s exactly what they all said.
But that’s just not how the law, or free speech, works.
LET US NEVER FORGET
So as we remember the tragic events in Charlottesville from one year ago, let’s never forget the important lessons that we’ve learned since then…
ONE: The media will absolutely create brand new hatred, division, fear, and even violence if it means protecting their swamp and destroying the duly-elected President of the United States.
TWO: The spineless, feckless idiots in the GOP were happy to join Resistance Jake Tapper and other swamp parasites as they insisted that violence is an acceptable response to speech.
So as the media, Democrats and their establishment GOP allies rehash what occurred one year ago in Charlottesville, share this piece and remind them of the intellectually honest lessons that we truly learned after that tragic day — neither of which, thanks to their dishonesty and thoughtlessness, have anything to do with racism in America or the life that was lost that day.
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