We recently reported on a widely covered alt-right meeting in Washington D.C., where a speaker quoted from Nazi propaganda in German, stated it’s time to “party like its 1933” (the year Hitler took power), and attendees gave a Hitler salute numerous times throughout the speech. The media hopped on the story, as it bolstered the narrative of a racist element of the far-right that had been mobilized by Donald Trump. As we pointed out however, the event was relatively small, attracting only 100 to 150 attendees.
If we’re going to play the guilt by association game, Hillary Clinton had her fair share of deplorable supporters too. Regardless, Trump quickly denounced the event, and distanced himself from the so-called alt-right. But will the Left find something else to claim is racist in its place?
Of course they will.
Via the Daily Caller
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Ryan Lenz made a wild claim on CNN Monday morning, that Donald Trump’s popular “drain the swamp” phrase, which refers to removing corruption and “pay-for-play” politics from the federal government, is racist.
“Drain the swamp was a meme, a Twitter hashtag that grew, exploded, really, after Donald Trump came forward with allegations it was a rigged election,” Lenz told “At This Hour” host John Berman. “It was spread specifically — or among the people that were spreading the drain the swamp hashtag were avowed racists, white supremacists who exist on Twitter to harass and demean various ethnic groups.”“So we have a little bit of a two-sided message here,” Lenz added, oblivious to the audacity of the point he was trying to make. “Yeah, he’s saying stop it, but he’s also, you know, giving a wink-wink, nod-nod to the very people he’s asking to step away from their violence.”
Apparently, if you’ve ever used the same non-racist words as a racist ever before, you’re somehow connected to it. And with that, we’ll note the phrase “drain the swamp” was coined by Nancy Pelosi when attacking Republicans back in 2006.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]