It’s perhaps the biggest lie ever told about President Donald Trump by the media: “he refuses to condemn white supremacists!”
Even today, years after every single news outlet in the country ran endless headlines claiming the president referred to white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia as “very fine people” — pundits are doubling down on this narrative. There is no reason to expect them to stop, so we’ll just give you the facts.
Donald Trump has been condemning hate groups and individuals, including Ku Klux Klan “Grand Wizard” David Duke, since long before his foray into politics. Back when Trump was known as a New York City real estate tycoon in the early 90s, he slammed the Reform Party for welcoming Duke — referring to him as a “bigot, a racist, a problem.” That was 17 years ago.
It’s hard to imagine Trump would have been as successful as he was before his first White House run if he really did harbor all of the horrible beliefs the media claims he does. When you run an international real estate enterprise, you have to interact with people of all colors and creeds. You need people from various backgrounds in your immediate circle. This is hard to pull off if you’re a bigot. It’s even harder to get away with when every single financial magazine follows you around all the time.
Remember: Trump was an A-list celebrity long before 2015. He was a household name. He hosted a very popular reality television show. Pundits speculated that he was considering a run for president since the late 1980s. And precisely none of these accusations of white supremacist affiliations appeared until he became a Republican politician.
Isn’t it funny how that works?
Here’s Mark Dice with some very interesting clips from over the years.