Donald Trump’s visit to a predominantly African-American church in Detroit on Saturday got a lot of attention. (So did the fact that the media pool’s live satellite feed just happened to cut out when the church’s pastor was blessing Trump and reading from the Gospel of Mark…)
The substance of Trump’s remarks were somewhat lost in media reports. In his address to the congregation, he announced “a new civil rights agenda.” Not surprisingly, the Huffington Post isn’t impressed:
[T]his campaign released a memo detailing three “civil rights” it would champion: The “right” to live in “safe” communities; the “right” to choose charter schools instead of public education; and the “right” to have one’s job protected from foreign competition.
None of these proposals are actual civil rights recognized by U.S. law. Instead, Trump’s “new civil rights agenda” represents a convenient marriage of Trump’s populist rallying cries with some long-standing conservative policy goals.
Memo to the Huffington Post: You see, the reason it’s called a “new civil rights agenda” is BECAUSE those rights aren’t yet “recognized by U.S. law.”
The HuffPo reporter struggles to make a good education and personal security sound sinister. In fact, such concerns are apparently “racist”:
As with Trump’s crime proposal, there was a racial component. On education, Trump was focused on low-income African-Americans living in cities, and he claimed that the government “discriminates against students in the inner cities by denying them the choice they deserve.” Terms like “inner cities” and “discrimination” are typically used in policy briefs to signal that a topic affects black Americans.
And as has become their custom, this Huffington Post article ends with a boilerplate “editor’s note” that reads:
“Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”
The Huffington Post had previously vowed to stop covering Trump’s campaign for all those “reasons.” Then they apparently realized they were losing tons of “clicks” and ad revenue. That petulant addendum is an attempt to assuage their consciences and maintain a “radical” posture. To sane, average Americans, it just looks pathetic and hypocritical.
Source: Huffington Post