For decades, conservatives have faced accusations of “racism” from liberals who don’t have any actual arguments. Usually it was isolated to talking heads and low information voters, but in the current election, even the Democrat candidate is hounding her opponent with charges of racism. Even Barack Obama never accused John McCain or Mitt Romney of being racist.
Last week, Hillary gave a speech on the “alternative right,” a far-right political movement that exists nowhere except on the internet, and tried to link Donald Trump to it. Days later, she released an ad claiming the KKK supports Donald Trump, apparently unaware that KKK members have given $20,000 to her own campaign.
It’s interesting because Donald Trump has been a public figure for decades and yet never faced accusations of racism… until he decided to run for president as a Republican. It makes you wonder, what were those blasting him as a racist today saying about him in prior years? As The Blaze just discovered, at least one spoke highly of The Donald.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1999 praised Donald Trump for being someone who pushed for diversity and inclusivity. In a video, Jackson is seen introducing Trump at the Wall Street Project Conference in Lower Manhattan.
The project, founded by Jackson in 1996, bills itself as an organization that “challenges corporate America to end the multi-billion dollar trade deficit with minority vendors and consumers, while working to ensure equal opportunities for culturally diverse employees, entrepreneurs and consumers,” according to its website.
Trump made an appearance at the group’s 1999 annual conference, where Jackson thanked the now-Republican nominee for president and praised his efforts to achieve “diversity” and for being “inclusive.”
“I do want to thank you, Donald Trump, for being with us tonight,” Jackson said in the speech. “We need your building skills, your gusto for people on Wall Street to represent diversity.”
Jackson went on to state that Trump’s success is “beyond argument,” although, he noted, “one can miss his seriousness and his commitment.”
“When we opened this Wall Street project … he gave us space at 40 Wall Street, which was to make a statement about our having a presence there,” Jackson said.
“Beyond that, in terms of being inclusive, he’s done that too,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jackson wrote in a piece published yesterday in the Chicago Sun Times that “Trump’s personal history of racial bigotry includes a federal housing discrimination lawsuit; an ad calling for the death penalty of innocent young black males in the Central Park Five rape case; an attempt to discredit Obama’s presidency with the “birther” issue; innuendo suggesting Obama became editor of Harvard’s Law Review because of his race; a campaign demanding Obama’s educational transcripts, implying his admission to colleges rested on something other than intellectual merit; complaints that a judge was unable to treat him fairly in court because of his Hispanic heritage; and promoting false and stereotypical information about the black community.”
He’s grasping at straws here. The lawsuit in question didn’t even name Donald Trump; it named Swifton Village (Trump was 27 at the time, and not running the organization day-to-day). And Obama isn’t the first president to arouse birther conspiracies. Apparently, Trump acknowledging that affirmative action is a thing is racist, and Jackson can’t be bothered to mention that stereotypes Trump has promoted.
The housing discrimination lawsuit had already happened decades prior to Jackson speaking so positively about Trump in 1999. He was likely aware of it then — and aware that the lawsuit was against a company then run by Fred Trump.
So why is he being dishonest now? Politics.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]