Accuracy in Media

Since the launch of President Donald Trump’s official campaign, rallies have continued to sell out. In fact, each rally has been over the full capacity limit, thus forcing hundreds of supporters to outside of the stadium/area.

On Tuesday, at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, it was no different. The arena was at full at 17,500 supporters, many from different racial groups.

The HuffPost reported, “At Cincinnati rally, white Trump supporters want you to know they have some black friends.”

HuffPost quoted a 42-year-old Donny Hedge from Eaton, Ohio.

“Look at the support he’s got from just other races. If he was legitimately racist, he wouldn’t have this gentleman right here,” Hedge said, pointing to an elderly black man walking by. “And all these other Chinese, and there’s a multiple different types of races that are standing here in this line to see him. And I believe if he was truly racist, you wouldn’t see that.” 

The elderly man (who Huffington Post did not identify by name) told the news outlet that he in fact there for and was with Jesus.

Present at the rally was a coalition of African American supporters wearing “Trump & Republicans Are Not Racist,” and “Blacks for Trump.” None of the individuals were quoted in Huffington’s piece.

There was also no mention of black unemployment, which sits at 6 percent — a near-record low and below the rate under any previous administration in the article.

In addition, there was no mention of the Latino unemployment rate (4.3 percent, which is near the historic low of 4.2 percent). Asian-American unemployment is also at an all-time low of 2.1 percent as of June 2019, but that statistic was also negated.

HuffPost then went on to report on Trump’s recent tweets regarding the city of Baltimore and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

There was no mention of Cummings making the same statement in 1999, when he referred to Baltimore as “drug-infested.”

At the rally, Donald Trump Jr. said, “It’s amazing that when Donald Trump makes a comment about Baltimore, it’s racist, it’s terrible, it’s this. But when the mayor of that town, when the congressman from that town, says the exact same thing, ‘Oh! No problem!’”

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media and The Hill. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and current national PAC political consultant. @MarissaAlisa

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