WATCH: Fox & Friends: Trump has Never Invoked Race
Accusations of racism have followed Donald Trump ever since he became a public figure back in the 1970’s. There have been a number of incidents including unfair rental practices, taking out a full page ad demanding the Central Park 5 face the death penalty and of course, claiming that Barack Obama wasn’t born in America.
Trump’s latest controversy involves a tweet saying that 4 American citizen Congresswomen should “go back to where they came from.” According to Pete Hegseth from Fox News, however, the President has never invoked race into political discussions.
Hegseth made the comments on Friday morning’s broadcast of Fox & Friends. He said:
“But every time I turn on the TV or read a newsletter about it, it’s that Trump made racist remarks yet, he’s never yet once invoked race. He pointed out that if you don’t love the values of our country maybe you should consider living somewhere else of going somewhere else. That’s the chant he distanced himself from, but they make it about race. Trump doesn’t make it about race.”
— Media Matters (@mmfa) July 19, 2019
The anchor then noted that conservatives shouldn’t worry about being called racists in the first place. “The minute you realize they’re going to call you a racist no matter what you do, then it’s liberating,” said Hegseth. Call me whatever you want to call me. That’s how I think the President feels. I know what I believe in, which is, I love this country, I love the flag and I’m willing to defend it. And they walk back into identity politics.