In the wake of President Trump’s controversial tweets about congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayana Pressley, most of the criticism has been that Trump’s comments were racist, sexist, etc., etc. Because it’s far easier to launch canned accusations than to address the substance of what he said. Nevertheless, the media predictably latched on to that narrative, and a quick review of related stories almost universally refer to Trump’s “racist tweets” because obviously, attacking these four congresswomen couldn’t be motivated by anything but racism and/or sexism, right? According to the media and the Democrats, there is no other explanation they want us to believe.
Did I miss the memo that minority women are now above reproach? Are we really supposed to accept the notion that AOC, Tlaib, Omar, and Pressley have done nothing to deserve criticism? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses America of running concentration camps, and lies about conditions at migrant detention centers for political points. Ayanna Pressley, while speaking at the left-wing Netroots Nation conference on Sunday, said that Democrats don’t need “any more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.” Ilhan Omar has made repeated anti-Semitic remarks, including the accusation that “Jewish money controls Congress,” and on Monday refused to condemn al-Qaeda. Back in May, Rasida Tlaib bizarrely stated: “There’s always kind of a calming feeling […] when I think of the Holocaust.” These people may have been elected by their districts but they are an embarrassment to the U.S. Congress.
These women are not part of the mainstream of America. They believe America is evil, they are racialists and anti-Semites. Let’s stop pretending they are garden-variety freshman members of Congress. Irrespective of their race and sex, they’re dangerous women who have been propped up by the media as de facto leaders of the Democratic Party. The power they have can’t be overstated. Criticism from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez forced Joe Biden to flip-flop on a number of issues. Yet any time they are criticized, the knee-jerk response to hurl accusations of racism and sexism at the one criticizing them. Recently, we’ve seen this happen internally in the Democratic Party, when AOC accused Nancy Pelosi of racism, with similar accusations being leveled against Joe Biden from Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris. It’s the default attack setting of contemporary Democrats, even against their own.
This is what happens after years of the left capitalizing on outrage culture and victim culture in order to increase and maintain their political power. This is why they want minority and female candidates to run for office. Not because of some noble push for diversity, but to put out candidates they feel are untouchable because to attack them is to invite accusations of racism or sexism. Let’s not forget that the left spent eight years telling us that if you disagreed with Barack Obama you were racist. Then when Hillary ran for president, if you didn’t like her you were sexist.
As someone who has written two fact-based exposes on Barack Obama’s presidency I know very well how this works. I’ve been called a racist regularly for a decade. The left learned a while ago it’s easier to just hurl accusations of racism/sexism/homophobia/xenophobia/fill-in-the-blank-ophobia than it is to debate issues on merit. We can’t talk about immigration without accusations of xenophobia. We can’t talk about religious liberty without accusations of homophobia. We can’t talk about biological differences between male and female without accusations of transphobia. This is what fascism in America really looks like in 2019: Silence the opposition with accusations of bigotry. Trump knows this game, and clearly won’t be intimidated by it:
If you come after the President, the Country, the Flag – he’s going to defend himself. What the squad doesn’t like is that Donald Trump is enforcing the very laws that are on the books that were put there by Congress.” Jason Chaffetz. Also, buy Jason’s great new book, POWER GRAB!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
Trump also called out weak Republicans who have been joining Democrats in condemning his tweets:
Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
Democrats count on the “outrage mob” to pressure Republicans into condemning Trump or any Republican they decide has said or done something offensive, and they shouldn’t fall for it. Every time they do, they make it easier for them to continue to the tactic in the future. And to what benefit? Are Republicans who condemn Trump over bogus accusations of racism/sexism/homophobia/xenophobia/fill-in-the-blank-ophobia thinking they’ll win approval from media because of it? Nope. They won’t. They’ve simply allowed themselves to be useful pawns in the anti-Trump narrative of the moment.
It’s time to stop letting Democrats weaponize faux outrage and victim culture. We need to have a real discussion about the hate that AOC, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley are promoting. We shouldn’t fear calling them out because of their sex or race. If we can’t speak out against evil out of fear of being called racist or sexist, then eventually we will lost the right to speak out at all. Women of color are not above reproach. No one is. I’m glad Donald Trump isn’t afraid to go after these anti-Semitic, America-hating, left-wing radicals.
Matt Margolis is the author of the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published on July 30, 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis