Democrats Are the Real Racists—and Minority Americans Are Taking Note | Opinion

Who are the real American patriots?

Who are the real racists?

These two questions will play a big role in the 2020 election.

The left is desperate to turn any traditional patriotic appeal into an act of racism. The left is desperate to smear Republicans and moderate Democrats as racists.

This past week, between Sunday and Tuesday, CNN and MSNBC reportedly used the word "racist" more than 1,100 times.

Part of this desperation is in the left's inability to debate the facts and their hope that strong smears can shame their opponents out of broaching the argument.

Part of this desperation is in the left's growing realization that President Donald Trump and the Republicans are beginning to attract minority support in a serious way.

The 2018 election was a watershed in the shift of minority voters toward Republicans.

Consider the example of the very left-wing African American female candidate for governor in Georgia, Stacy Abrams. She alienated enough African American males with her platforms that the Republican candidate got a significant percentage of African American male votes.

In Florida, a left-wing African American candidate for governor lost almost one out of five African American female votes because of his opposition to school choice.

A charismatic Republican African American veteran and businessman, John James, received more votes for the Senate in Michigan than any Republican since the year 2000. James is running again, and if he wins, the historic monopoly that the left has on the African American vote will collapse.

All around the country, Trump is attracting Latinos to his rallies. There is strong support in the Latino community for job creation, income growth, small business prosperity and enforcing the law.

The left's reaction to these threats has been hysteria. Screaming "racist," as the left-wing propaganda machine did relentlessly this week, is their most common effort to shut up conservatives in general and Trump in particular.

Defending the flag can be racist in this left-wing world. Defending George Washington and Thomas Jefferson is racist, according to many on the left. Again and again, they seek to shame today's patriots into silence.

Yet the real racists are on the left. Consider Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley saying, "We don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be a brown voice. We don't need black faces that don't want to be a black voice. We don't need Muslims that don't want to be a Muslim voice. We don't need queers that don't want to be a queer voice."

Consider both the racism and the arrogance in that statement.

First, Pressley asserts the right to define the authenticity of voices.

Second, she defines each voice by skin color, religion or sexual orientation rather than the content of their character.

Third, she dismisses or dehumanizes everyone who fails to meet her standard.

Consider her arrogance just in regard to the African American community. By her standard, Secretary Colin Powell isn't authentically black. Neither is Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Secretary Ben Carson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Senator Tim Scott, or senatorial candidate John James.

You can go through each of Pressley's defined subgroups and find people who deeply disagree with her.

One of the keys to the 2020 campaign will be who the American people conclude are authentically patriotic and what views are actually racist.

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President Donald Trump waves to supporters during a rally where he announced his candidacy for a second presidential term at the Amway Center on June 18 in Orlando, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty

The president and Republicans will be defined as genuinely patriotic. The left will grow hysterical as it loses its ability to dominate the public narrative with name calling.

The election of 2020 will be one of the most defining elections in American history.

If the left succeeds in making its "racist" charge stick, it could seal off minority voters from even considering voting for Trump and other candidates on the Republican ticket.

On the other hand, if Republicans successfully answer the racist attack and then prove that the Democrats have become the party of radical proposals that would destroy America as we know it, then the Democrats could find themselves losing everywhere except on college campuses and in some radical neighborhoods.

Patriotism and racism will be key arguments over the next 15 months.

Newt Gingrich was speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. He is now the host of the Newt's World podcast and the author of Trump's America: The Truth About Our Nation's Great Comeback. Follow him on Twitter @NewtGingrich.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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