Trump Finds His Message: Law and Order
Donald Trump has found the decisive message for 2016. As the low-level black insurgency simmers nationwide, Trump has declared he is the “law and order” candidate [Trump: ‘I am the law and order candidate’, By Jesse Byrnes, The Hill, July 11, 2016]. In contrast, only a day after police officers were gunned down in Dallas, Hillary told white Americans that they “need to do a better job of listening.”
White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 8, 2016
Hillary has spent much of the campaign excusing black criminality, invoking the names of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown (pictured right) during rallies and even mobilizing the mothers of these figures as a political force [Mothers of Black Victims Emerge as a Force for Hillary Clinton, By Amy Chozick, New York Times, April 13, 2016]. Thus, as we are likely to see more riots and disorder in cities across the country, we can expect Hillary Clinton to defend what is happening, or, at best, remain silent. A recent protest in St. Paul, for example, injured 21 officers, and yet the Democratic Party and its allies in the Main Stream Media have only intensified their attacks against law enforcement. [Over 100 arrested, 21 officers hurt after St. Paul protests, By Tim Nelson, MPR News, July 10, 2016]
In contrast, Trump seems to understand police stand on that fragile barrier protecting civilization and commerce with law and order. They guard the state’s monopoly on violence. They must be respected and protected or else the restraints of civilization snap and we get a situation where the mob—Black Lives Matter protesters—can destroy any possibility of social order.
Stop and frisk works. Instead of criticizing @NY_POLICE Chief Ray Kelly, New Yorkers should be thanking him for keeping NY safe.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2013
It’s not exactly a link to Jared Taylor’s damning documentation of the color of crime. But it does show Trump has an instinctive illiberalism when it comes to determining the roots of criminality. And as America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani was one of the architects of New York’s stop and frisk policies and is a friend of Trump, it’s likely the two men have had conversations about the explosive, seemingly unmentionable reality of crime and race.
During an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Giuliani said the Black Lives Matters movement focuses too much on police killing black people, which “happens rarely although with tremendous attention,” and not enough effort focusing on black-on-black violence, “which happens every 14 hours in Chicago.”
Giuliani, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said African-American parents should teach their children to respect police and to avoid violence in their own communities.
“If I were a black father and I was concerned about the safety of my child, really concerned about it and not in a politically activist sense, I would say be very respectful to the police, most of them are good, some can be very bad and just be very careful,” he said. “I’d also say be very careful of those kids in the neighborhood, don’t get involved with them because, son, there’s a 99 percent chance they’re going to kill you — not the police.”
Giuliani, who has often said the Black Lives Matter movement threatens police officers, said African Americans increase tension in music and pop culture through “rap songs about killing police officers and they talk about killing police officers and they yell it out at their rallies.”
[Giuliani: Black Lives Matter ‘inherently racist,’ black people should respect police, GOP USA, July 11, 2016]
I have no doubt Trump, as a New York City icon, has read Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities. One of the concepts in the book is ‘steam control,’ explained by the character of Reverend Bacon, a figure akin to Al Sharpton. In the movie version of Bonfire, this exchange takes place:
BACON Gentlemen, I want you to make an investment here. An investment in steam control.
KRAMER Steam control?
BACON That’s right. Steam control. Because a righteous steam is building up in the souls of my people and that steam is ready to blow.
KRAMER I see. Well…
BACON Now, on judgment day, I am your safety valve. Because when it blows — and it will, my friend, how grateful you will be that I am on your side—the one [N-word] who can control the steam and save your lily white ass from being burned off the face of the earth, so to speak.
There is no “steam control” now. While the blood of dead white cops was still drying in Dallas, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Black Lives Matter protesters “not to get discouraged”. [Lynch to Dallas protesters: ‘Do not be discouraged,’ by Nolan McCaskill, Politico, July 8, 2016] President Obama has met with Black Lives Matter leaders a number of times at the White House and has expressed his solidarity with them [Obama on Black Lives Matter: they are ‘much better organizers than I was’ : Activists meet with president at White House to discuss efforts to reform the US criminal justice system but panel reveals divide within movement, By Jamiles Lartey, The Guardian, February 18, 2016].
Rather than serving as “steam control,” the first black President of the United States is acting as gasoline being poured on a fire. Hillary Clinton is likely to continue this process of division and violence, as her declaration of solidarity with Black Lives Matter means it will be all but illegal to arrest black criminals in a second Clinton Administration.
America, if she is to be made great again, needs honesty and truth as our roadmap. Claiming black people are somehow being hunted by police does nothing to promote racial healing or restore law and order. It will only lead to more dead cops.
To Make America Great Again means, fundamentally, ending the fear that white Americans have about speaking the truth on issues like race, crime and immigration.
Trump’s forthright declaration he will stand for Law and Order creates an opportunity for the historic American nation to do just that.
Paul Kersey[Email him] is the author of the blog SBPDL, and has published the books SBPDL Year One, Hollywood in Blackface and Escape From Detroit, Opiate of America: College Football in Black and White and Second City Confidential: The Black Experience in Chicagoland. His latest book is The Tragic City: Birmingham 1963-2 013.