But none of them really stuck, and the crowds at the Trump rallies continued to swell in size and enthusiasm. So Hillary came out with both barrels blazing by playing the KKK card.Will it stick? Maybe not. The goal of Hillary’s speech is to force Donald Trump to play defense. And if Trump were to play defense by, for example, apologizing or disavowing or explaining himself (as most Republicans would do) she would have him beat.But unlike most Republicans, Trump doesn’t play defense. Instead, he told Hillary “Shame on You” for smearing perfectly “decent people.”That is uncommon courage for a Republican.But Trump will have to keep it up, because his opponent’s narrative—“Donald Trump is a KKK racist”—is the only card they have.And they are going to play it over and over and over until Election Day.The challenge: no matter how forcefully Donald Trump may speak on any subject, the MSM will either bury his remarks (as they did after his eloquent post-Orlando speech), or distort them to make him look as ridiculous as possible.Thus the MSM falsely claimed that Trump’s August 19th speech in Dimondale was specifically directed to black audiences, and characterized it as bigoted. Actually, it was a pretty good speech intended for general Michigan voters, not specifically black voters. But you’d only know that if you actually watched it or read it.[ Full Transcript: Donald Trump speaks in Michigan, August 19, 2016]
Consider the headlines:
Clearly, Donald Trump is never going to get a fair shake from the MSM. Therefore, he simply has no choice but to play aggressive offense.Wade Johnson once argued on VDARE.com that immigration patriots should, like the Left, employ the language of assault in order to advance our cause.This is wise advice—which Donald Trump should find easy to follow because the language of assault comes naturally to him, and he has a special gift for crafting tweetable one-liners (“We’re going to a build the wall and make Mexico pay for it”) and pithy epigrams (“Lying Ted Cruz”, “Crooked Hillary”) that have staying power.Fortunately, the MSM often reports these catchy memes and remarks widely, obviously in the mistaken belief that they will harm rather than help (“You’ll never believe what Donald Trump just said about . . .”)If Trump is to win, therefore, he must employ the language of assault to bypass the Left/MSM narrative and establish himself as the genuine America First candidate.For example, it is naive to think that the Muslim crime wave now plaguing Europe will not happen here—because it already is. So Trump must continue to argue that the first step in effective anti-terrorism is strict border control and a moratorium on Muslim immigration, an argument he made in a forceful (but again, underreported) speech after the Orlando shooting. He can say
Those are winning sound bites. And, of course, Hillary Clinton and the MSM will probably play right into Trump’s hands by continuing to insist that any criticism of Islam must be motivated by bigotry—a losing position if ever there was one.Nevertheless, the black (“African American”) question remains.While the black vote is insignificant compared to the white vote, the challenge is that Trump must campaign for the black vote, to some extent, in order to win a significant portion of the white vote.A great many whites have a strong psychological need to see themselves—or more exactly, to be seen by other whites—as people committed to the well-being of allegedly oppressed minorities.If a candidate can be depicted as someone insensitive to minority concerns, some whites will not support him—even if they largely agree with the candidate on everything else.Democratic strategists understand how to mine this insecurity for political advantage. That was precisely the point of Hillary’s Reno Speech. Hence the Donald Trump is a KKK sympathizer meme is more than just a talking point: it is an intimidation tactic designed to bully whites who might otherwise sympathize with Trump’s message.For Hillary Clinton to win, she must make supporting Trump socially unacceptable. If she cannot pull that off, then she has no chance of winning.The Democrats have long enjoyed a moral advantage in the post-Civil Rights era by portraying themselves as the party that protects blacks—and smearing the Republicans as the party that threatens them.An important reason for the current MSM/ Democrat offensive: there has been considerable evidence that Donald Trump has been polling well with blacks. Last fall, a Survey USA poll found that 25% of registered black voters would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. A Clout Research poll found that 40% of blacks would vote for Trump. [Minorities line up behind ... Donald Trump,By Bob Unruh, WND, December 28, 2015]OK, I agree that forty percent sounds a little overly optimistic. But the reason for Trump’s relative popularity with blacks appears to be his immigration hardline [Black Trump Supporter: Blacks Are Out Of Work Due To Mexican Immigration, Vote Trump”, by Jim Hoft, April 7, 2016, Gateway Pundit]Donald Trump is in a strong position to seize the moral advantage if he hammers the Democrats over the devastating impact their immigration policies have inflicted on black Americans. How great would it be to see Trump standing before black audiences and employing the language of assault to make the case for patriotic immigration reform?He could say:
Imagine if Trump could successfully label the Democrats the “Drug Cartel Party”.[Democrats now aligned with Mexican drug cartels in hatred for Donald Trump and disdain for rule of law by J. D. Heyes , Natural News, July 25, 2015 ] How many people would want to pull the lever for the Drug Cartel Party in November?Such a message would surely attract a number of black voters. But it would attract even more white voters—because it would give many insecure whites the moral cover they need to support Donald Trump.No one wants to vote for a policy that harms blacks—right?In athletics, the successful competitor is often the one who can use his opponent’s strength against him. The same tactic often applies in political campaigns. It should rightly apply to this one.The Clinton Campaign has indeed come out with both barrels blazing at Donald Trump. But he can easily turn their weapon against them.If he does, he could inflict on the post-American Left a defeat from which they might never recover.Matthew Richer (email him) is a writer living in Massachusetts. He is the former American Editor of Right NOW magazine.