By Katrina Pierson
Someone once said, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” That seems to be the refrain from the Democrats these days as they try to convince black Americans that the president is a racist for criticizing Democrats in Congress who focus on presidential harassment instead of the plight in inner cities like Baltimore.
For many years, Democratic politicians of color have used the R-word — “Racist” — to shut down debate and avoid facing tough realities. That era is ending, though, because Donald Trump is delivering undeniable results for the African American community that are giving the lie to his detractors’ ceaseless cries of “racism.”
Over the weekend, President Trump correctly identified Baltimore as crime-ridden and rat-infested — and he wasn’t the first to make this observation. In 2018, the city’s former mayor, Catherine Pugh, complained about the stench of rats. Bernie Sanders compared the city to a third world country. And in 2016, when candidate Donald J. Trump called the city a disaster, the Baltimore Sun ran the op-ed, “Trump’s right: Declare Baltimore a ‘disaster’ and rebuild it.”
Yet, when President Trump echoed those sentiments on social media this weekend, and rightly attributed blame to one of Maryland’s longest-serving politicians, Congressman Elijah Cummings, he was attacked as a racist. Then, instead of holding those Democrats accountable for their thoughtless rhetoric, the ratings-obsessed media only amplified them.
The reality is that Baltimore is crime- and rat-infested — that has bi-partisan consensus. Unfortunately, it’s not the only minority-majority city in America that’s suffering from high crime and poor living conditions. It’s also not the only minority-majority city that’s been represented by Democrats for decades. Pointing that out is not racist, the pathetic reality of Baltimore and other major cities must be recognized and addressed.
Now, anyone who believes that President Trump is going to back down from doing what’s right merely because he is called names by some career politicians hasn’t been paying attention. However, it’s time we call their response to his criticism what it is: political opportunists masquerading as victims of racism. It may score some political points in the short term, but it’s just deepening the damage and prolonging the suffering of many black and minority Americans, who need real solutions.
Admittedly, people such as Elijah Cummings and Reverend Al Sharpton once played meaningful roles in the Civil Rights movement. However, now that we’re decades removed from that era, they’ve found a way to use that legacy for profit by perpetuating the status quo. It’s disgusting and wrong.
President Trump was elected — and is succeeding — because he has rejected the status quo and is not beholden to identity politics. That’s why, among many other accomplishments, he’s the greatest President for black and other minority Americans in modern history.
African American unemployment is now at 6 percent, lower than under any previous administration — and it’s been at or below 7 percent for 17 straight months. African Americans have earned three-quarters of a million new jobs in the Trump economy, and the poverty level is at its lowest level in history.
As a black single mother, it’s important to note that single mothers are seeing the biggest economic gains in this economy. It’s been almost three decades — going all the way back to the economic boom of the early 1990’s — since the labor force participation rate for single mothers has been as high as it is today.
People of color also know all too well that the Joe Biden-era “Tough on Crime” policies have disproportionately hurt minority communities. Yet, it wasn’t Barack Obama, America’s first African American president, who achieved meaningful change.
Rather, it was President Trump who passed the FIRST STEP Act into law, fundamentally improving our nation’s criminal sentencing standards. It was President Trump who commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who had served 21-years of a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. And since President Trump signed that historic, bipartisan legislation, we’ve seen many more success stories of people beginning to rebuild their lives.
President Trump’s historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was another piece of legislation that Democrats attacked as racist. Instead, it created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones in all 50 states, D.C., and 5 U.S. territories. These Opportunity Zones, which aim to lift up impoverished communities like Baltimore, will spur $100 billion in private capital investment and impact 1.4 million minority households.
It’s unfortunate that Democrats such as presidential candidate Kamala Harris keep referring to the tax law as a “scam,” even though they’re benefiting from it. Just last month she moved her campaign’s office into an Opportunity Zone, in Baltimore no less!
Stifling debate and obfuscating reality by shouting “racist” is not acceptable, and we shouldn’t let it be a distraction. The truth is that the American Dream is now more accessible to more black and minority Americans than ever before, and we have President Trump to thank for that.