Monday, February 29, 2016
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Trump & The Klan
Last week, former KKK leader and anti-Semite David Duke announced on his radio program (I didn’t know he even had one!) that he supported Donald Trump and was going to vote for him. “Voting for these people [Cruz, Rubio and Carson], voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” Duke added.
Trump was peppered with questions about the endorsement Friday. He dismissed it, saying, “I didn’t even know he endorsed me. David Duke endorsed me? OK, alright. I disavow, OK?”
Last summer, when Duke said positive things about Trump, The Donald was quick to denounce him. “I don’t need his endorsement; I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement,” Trump said in August.
All fine and good.
But consider this exchange yesterday between Trump and CNN’s Jake Tapper:
TAPPER: Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say that you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?
TRUMP: Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know.
I don’t know, did he endorse me or what’s going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about. . .
You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I would have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them. And, certainly, I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong. . .
TAPPER: OK. I mean, I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but. . .
TRUMP: I don’t know any — honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I have ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him.
That weird exchange generated all kinds of negative stories over the past 24 hours. Understandably so.
Trump has been quick to ridicule his fellow Republicans with stinging rebukes: “Liar.” “Choke artist.” “Low energy.” Yet when asked about David Duke, Trump, who knows how to verbally “slice and dice” better than anyone we’ve seen, was suddenly at a loss for words.
This morning, Trump blamed his bizarre response on a “lousy” earpiece from CNN, claiming he could hardly hear what Tapper was saying.
I have done remote interviews where it was hard to understand the host. But it is clear from the transcript that Trump did understand that the topic was David Duke and his endorsement. Blaming the earpiece only raises questions about Trump’s honesty.
When Ronald Reagan faced a similar situation in 1984, he said:
“Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse. The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.”
Throughout this campaign, I have urged candidates to learn from Trump’s aggressive, direct style. This time, I urge The Donald to learn from Reagan.
South Carolina Results
As was widely predicted, Hillary Clinton won Saturday’s Democrat primary in South Carolina. What no one predicted was the lopsided result: Clinton 74%, Sanders 26%.
Clinton’s victory was impressive. She carried every single county. According to exit polls, she won every major demographic except one: Millennials or voters under 30. And she crushed Sanders with black voters: 86% to 14%.
There was only one problem with Clinton’s win, and it’s a big one: Democrat turnout was way down — off by 16% compared to 2008. In contrast, GOP primary turnout set a record.
Even the Huffington Post is starting to panic. A column yesterday noted that South Carolina’s turnout figures “are not an anomaly. They’re consistent with other primaries to date. Republicans are psyched. Democrats are demoralized. . . In this era, lousy primary turnout spells big trouble for the general election.”
Over the weekend, the nation lost one of its finest. Officer Ashley Guindon of the Prince William County Police Department, here in the Virginia suburbs of our nation’s capital, was gunned down while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
She was just 28 years old, and it was her first day on patrol. Two other officers were wounded in the shooting.
Guindon served in the Marine Corps Reserves. According to the Washington Post, she “was assigned to a unit at Bolling Air Force Base involved with sending home the remains of fallen Marines.” Officer Guindon dealt with death on the battlefield and was dedicated to making our homeland a safer place.
As the anti-police rhetoric grows on the left, from the White House to Hillary Clinton, these tragedies are becoming all too common. “Blue” lives matter too. All lives matter.
Racism At MSNBC
Far-left talk show host Melissa Harris-Perry has a specialty — race baiting. She sees racism everywhere. For example, did you know the term “hard worker” was racist? It is according toHarris-Perry.
She mocked Kieran Romney, Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson. And, believe it or not, she even did a racial critique of Star Wars. Evidently, Harris-Perry was really bothered by the fact that Darth Vader was an evil villain dressed in all black, but when he turned good at the end, he was white.
In short, Harris-Perry is a walking example of racism on the left. Her bosses at MSNBC didn’t object when she claimed to see racism in the adoption of a black baby by a white family. But when she sent an email suggesting her liberal bosses at MSNBC were racists, they showed her the door.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder bemoaned her firing, tweeting, “She brought to television voices/perspectives too often unheard/ignored.” For once I applaud the executives atMSNBC. Harris-Perry’s bizarre rantings should be unheard and ignored.