Shaun King, senior justice writer at the New York Daily News, recently wrote that the conservative silence over President Trump’s golfing schedule is evidence of racism, and not simply a matter of politics.
Trump has spent an inordinate amount of time golfing in his first months in office, and the hypocrisy is obvious, given that Trump was never shy about criticizing President Barack Obama’s outings on the golf course. Conservatives more generally have refused to criticize Trump on the matter, given that he has spent seven out of 13 weekends as president at his estate in Florida. However, the double standard simply highlights the power of partisan politics, and isn’t evidence that Trump supporters and surrogates are racist.
King claims that the lack of a reaction to Trump’s time on the golf course is proof that “conservatives never really had a problem with a golfing President, what they hated seeing was a black golfing President.” Barack and Michelle Obama represented “uppity negro[es]” — or black men and women who do “anything other than working from sunup to sundown” and enjoy “creature comforts in life that some whites may not yet be able to afford to enjoy — say a musical, a play, fine dining, or, you guessed it, a round of golf.”
King’s evidence in support of this argument is flimsy. He correctly points out that Fox News pundit Sean Hannity and former Congressman Newt Gingrich each criticized the Obamas, and have yet to criticize Trump.
Continue reading at the Washington Examiner
The second Republican presidential primary debate is in the books. Let’s take a look at who got the most speaking time:
Donald Trump spoke for more than twice as long as Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee and John Kasich did. Trump spoke for almost 20 minutes in the over three-hour debate. Walker spoke the least, getting only eight and half minutes. The average was about 12.5 minutes per candidate.
Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Chris Christie spoke for more than their fair share of time, if you believe each candidate should have had equal time.
On the other hand, if you think higher-polling candidates should have gotten more speaking time, Donald Trump didn’t speak enough, nor did Ben Carson. Every other candidate’s portion of speaking time was larger than his or her share of support. Fiorina, John Kasich and Rand Paul’s portions of speaking time was more than double their portion of support in the post-Aug. 6 national poll average.
Read the full article for more debate statistics, available at the Washington Examiner.
Advocate Matthew La Corte was published in The Daily Caller on the Texas Republican Party’s recent reversal on immigration policy.
IIn 2012, a party policy known as the “Texas Solution” pushed to allow undocumented workers to hold jobs unfilled by U.S. citizens. Sadly, that policy was made null earlier this weekend as the party ushered in a platform which calls for more border security, no amnesty whatsoever, and ending in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants. Opposition to immigration is rationalized by the notion that immigrants cause a net drag on the economy.
Read the rest of the piece here.
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