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CNN’s slanderous claim: Ordinary Trump supporters are white supremacists

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August 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A CNN website headline blares “‘White supremacists by default’: How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible.”

The piece asserts that “the tragedy that took place in Charlottesville this month could not have occurred without the tacit acceptance of millions of ordinary, law-abiding Americans who helped create such a racially explosive climate.”

The lengthy article, consisting of over 2,300 words, says that it’s too easy to “focus on the usual suspects after a Charlottesville happens -- the violent racial extremists who are so easy to condemn.”

So CNN turned to several university professors and race activists to make a case for assigning blame for the recent violence in Virginia to the nearly 63 million people who voted for Donald Trump.  

As of today, CNN is standing by its stunning claim.  The Daily Caller notes that “CNN has made no attempt to retract or modify [the] report that calls all supporters of President Donald Trump “white supremacists by default.”

Backlash from CNN’s Condemnation of Conservatives

“CNN is finally saying what it has wanted to say from the very beginning: If you voted for President Trump, you're a racist,” wrote Joseph Curl at the Daily Wire.

Henry Rodgers, writing at The Stream, called the CNN article “Slander,” and Monica Sanchez at MRCTV said, “CNN sunk to a new low this week, labelling all Americans who voted for President Trump ‘white supremacists by default.’”

Washington Examiner commentary writer Emily Jashinsky said, “The vast majority of people in this country believe fundamentally in racial equality. Thank God for that.”

Yet that’s the opposite of the message CNN delivered this week.

Inaccurate  

“[T]elling ‘ordinary people’ who voted for Donald Trump or said ‘All lives matter’ that they are responsible for the repugnant display of white supremacy that played out in Charlottesville is not accurate and it's not fair,” said Jashinsky.  “Those racists exist on the fringes of our society for a reason — because "ordinary people" have pushed them there.”

Jashinsky statement is a refutation of CNN’s claim that Trump supporters who are not active, ideological racists are passive ones all the same.

CNN’s America is “Unrecognizable”

Scott Rasmussen, writing for Real Clear Politics, indicts American media outlets who share CNN’s world view and journalistic approach, saying, “By obsessing about extremes, media loses touch with America.” 

The images shown on TV, the messages delivered via social media, and the consistent, relentless adherence to a single narrative by mainstream media outlets are actually far-removed from the lives of everyday Americans. 

“The America portrayed on the evening news is unrecognizable to most Americans,” Says Rasmussen.  “Rather than reflecting the realities of a complex and dynamic nation, the national news media seems to treat real events as little more than a Rorschach test for measuring what the political activists think is going on. Then, in solemn tones, the television presenters pass on the absurd interpretations that become a national narrative.”

Ordinary Americans Are Not Violent, Do Not Hold Extremist Views

The former pollster said, “America is presented as a hopelessly divided nation where hate-filled people battle over how they can get the government to give them what they want. Extremists of all political persuasions are presented as reflecting the real views of everyday Americans.”

It’s as if all of America were a war zone, with constant skirmishes and battles being waged between races, genders, religious traditions, and sexual orientations, as if we are a nation of warring tribes.

Rasmussen points out that events like those in Charlottesville are used opportunistically to demonize those whose opinions differ from those of the nation’s chattering class.  “It's a scary world in which every symbolic event can be used to demonstrate that most Americans are stupid, racist, socialist or whatever other condescending view the elites wish to project.”

America is not obsessed with extremists and extreme ideologies.  Nor are the majority of Americans violent, harboring ill will to their neighbors.  Ordinary folks “are not obsessed with the petty partisan political battles than consume official Washington,” observed Rasmussen.  “[P]olitics in DC often seems like little more than a platform for extremists to fight their battles.” 

Former DNC Head, Howard Dean’s Indictment of Republican Voters

As if to prove Rasmussen’s points, former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman, Howard Dean, said in an interview last week that if you vote Republican in 2018, you’re a racist. 

Appearing on MSNBC's AM Joy, Dean said, “If you want to vote for a racist in the White House, then you better vote for Republicans.”

Dean offers no proof for the validity of his assertion.    

Liberal Experts’ Clear Message 

The clear message is:  It is impossible to not be a racist, or a white supremacist, if you are a conservative or if you vote Republican.

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Doug Mainwaring

Doug Mainwaring is a journalist for LifeSiteNews, an author, and a marriage, family and children's rights activist.  He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, originated and co-authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs.  Doug and his family live in the Washington, DC suburbs.