Facts are the antidote to Trump derangement syndrome
My liberal friends will then pivot and say, "But Democratic lawmakers and cable news 'experts' say he's a racist!" To which I counter that thanks to the president's leadership with the economy, the black unemployment rate is also at a historic low. The president has delivered on criminal justice reform, giving thousands of those wrongfully incarcerated a second chance at life while also implementing a number of initiatives that support the nation's historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. In fact, just last month, the president signed legislation that will permanently provide $255 million annually to HBCUs and dozens of other institutions that predominantly serve minority students. He also signed an executive order in 2018 that established the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council to improve revitalization initiatives that target economically distressed areas including so-called opportunity zones.
Now, would a racist be uplifting minorities and empowering them with enhanced housing and education opportunities, block grants, access to small-business loans, jobs, higher wages and tax breaks while also rebuilding their communities?
And when it comes to allegations of homophobia, the Trump administration last year launched a global crusade alongside LGBTQ groups and human rights organizations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Leading the charge? Richard Grenell, the openly gay U.S. ambassador to Germany the president appointed.
When I hear, "Trump's a criminal," from some on the far left, I remind them that in America everyone is innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers. Since the president has occupied the Oval Office, he's been subjected to a daily deluge of investigations including a 22-month special counsel probe that found "insufficient evidence" of criminal mischief.
Undoubtedly, if any of these partisan investigations had found a scintilla of evidence of criminal wrongdoing, he would've been charged long ago.
Grasping for straws at this point, some of my Democratic friends will say, "OK, I guess you're right, but he's still a bully." To which I respond that if you were to have the entire Washington establishment against you and the #FakeNewsMedia accusing you of treason and other accusations that are heinous, false, defamatory -- and hurtful -- wouldn't you fight back, too?
That's usually where the debate swiftly ends and they change the subject.
Bottom line: Plain and simple facts, not blind hatred fed by #FakeNewsMedia, should be one's guiding light leading into the next election.
Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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