When President Trump tweeted Sunday that “‘Progressive’ Democrat congresswomen” should “go back” to the countries they came from, the vapors swept through the political class and media. Granted, the tweet was crude. But the delivery should not invalidate the point.
Both parties condemned the tweet. And journalists, who can never find anything a Democrat says to even be mildly objectionable, or untrue, predictably responded as if Trump had hung a portrait of Hitler in the Oval Office, which is how they react nearly every time he opens his mouth or fires off a tweet. The backlash was more overheated than the tweet.
For the record, here’s the tweet in its entirety:
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
First off, if he’s referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, known as “The Squad,” only one was not born in the U.S. — Omar is from Somalia. Trump hurt his credibility right away.
But the core of the message is this: If these lawmakers who want to replace our liberal economic system with socialism are so smart, they need to show us how their ideas would fare in impoverished nations that are pumping refugees who are looking for better lives into the U.S. Once that’s achieved, they’re welcome to return to America and use their experience to fix this country.
However, they won’t succeed. Trump knows this. No nation has ever pulled itself up through socialist policies. This critically important point, though, is lost because of all the noise in the tweet.
Also falling victim to Trump’s bombast is the inescapable reality that the Democratic Party has become a hate-America, or at least a hate-American-principles coalition. The harping about how racist, bigoted, unjust, and economically inequitable this country is seems to never end. Yet the tender victims and self-appointed advocates who make these assertions could not have succeeded anywhere else in the world as they have here. Worse, they are rewarded for their hostility toward the last, best hope on Earth by their party and a compliant media.
One blogger has suggested what Trump did was raise what had been a closing window on “ideas that are allowable in public discourse.” No argument there. But he should have argued with more finesse. He was yelling too loudly for most to hear him.
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