Accuracy in Media

On Monday at the White House, President Donald Trump condemned white supremacy, called for mental health and gun reforms after back to back mass shootings.

“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy,” Trump said.

In addition to taking a strong stance against the shooters in El Paso, Texas, and Daytona, Ohio, Trump further called for policing the “dark recesses of the Internet,” in order to try and catch mass murderers before their words turn into actions.

“We must do a better job at identifying and acting on early warning signs. We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace… It is too easy to troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence.”

Trump Denounces Hate

Regardless of Trump condemning white supremacy and the act of mass shootings, a Washington Post piece tied the president to El Paso shooter Patrick Crusius’ action even though his manifesto highlighted mental illness and violent tendencies against minorities long before a Trump presidency.

The author of the piece, Phillip Rucker, wrote, “Regardless of the El Paso shooter’s motivations, Trump throughout his presidency has stoked fear and hatred of the other, whether Latino immigrants or black people living in cities or Muslims.”

Rucker makes no mention of Trump and Mexico’s negotiations leading to a 28 percent drop in migrants taken into custody according to another Washington Post piece from July apprehension and border statistics. As far as “stroking fear and hatred” there is no mention of the economic facts related to minority groups:

  • More than 6 million jobs created since Trump was elected
  • Latino-American unemployment rate is at 4.3 percent, which is 0.1 percent from the historic low (4.2 percent).
  • Black American unemployment is at 6 percent, which is below the rate under any previous administration.
  • Asian-American unemployment at 2.1 percent, an all-time low since Trump’s presidency.
  • And an overall lowest unemployment rate since 1969.

Trump is not anti-immigrant or anti-immigration, as the author suggests sourced from his own headline. According to the White House website, “President Trump is committed to constructing a border wall and ensuring the swift removal of unlawful entrants. To protect American workers, the President supports ending chain migration, eliminating the visa lottery, and moving the country to a merit-based entry system.”

The Washington Post piece also makes no mention of the recent Customs and Border Patrol migrant apprehensions along the southern border that have roughly doubled in recent months. The recent 297,900 arrests compared to 136,209 over the same period of time last year depict a 300 percent spike.

These critical CBP apprehension facts have overwhelmed agencies along the southern border and caused cities to declare a state of emergency.

These facts are the reason Trump is anti-illegal immigration, and not anti-immigrant.

In addition to the work the Trump administration has been working on with CBP, sheriffs, mayors, and Homeland Security, his campaign continues to demonstrate an inclusive message.

Trump Re-Election Campaign
In a continuous and unconventional social media effort to preserve the nation’s democracy, the president is focused on ending illegal immigration and chain migration into the U.S., not immigration as a whole as claimed by the author.

The Trump campaign continues to diversify their portfolio by launching [nationwide] coalitions such as “Latino’s for Trump,” and “Women for Trump.”

According to a recent news article, senior Trump campaign adviser Jared Kushner is focusing on the inner-cities of America in which encompasses all types of culture and citizenship status.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor at 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 consultant. @MarissaAlisa

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