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miércoles, 17 de enero de 2018

This 1999 video of Jesse Jackson praising Donald Trump destroys the media’s narrative

Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has spent his free time attacking the now-president, warning that his policies and rhetoric are a threat to the nation’s global interests. But Jackson hasn’t always felt that way.

Speaking at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition annual Wall Street Conference in the late 1990s, Jackson praised his “friend” Trump for being a model “for people on Wall Street to represent diversity.” He also thanked Trump for his lifetime of service helping black Americans.

How times have changed.

“Weapon of mass destruction”

Jackson targeted the president at an annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition Martin Luther King Day breakfast on Monday in Chicago, claiming that Americans “have a real sense of threat” that “we’ve never known before” because of the current administration.

Jackson appeared to be troubled by Trump equating “civil rights marchers with neo-Nazis and the KKK” and his “s***hole countries” remark. He was also disappointed by the nuclear showdown with North Korea and Trump’s questioning of America’s commitment to NATO.

“When you demean countries in our hemisphere — Africa, one-eighth of the human race — when you threaten to have a nuclear showdown with North Korea,” Jackson said, “that is a threat to America like we’ve never known before.”

His oration came soon after he called Trump “a weapon of mass destruction” and said that “he speaks like a racist.”

“You are a model”

But Jackson didn’t always share these sentiments. In fact, a 20-year-old video shows Jackson praising Trump, going as far as referring to him as a friend to the Rainbow PUSH Coalition audience in 1998.

“We need your building skills, your gusto,” Jackson said of Trump. “You are a model for people on Wall Street to represent diversity.”

A year later, Jackson doubled down on his admiration for Trump:

He is deceptive in that his social style is of such, one can miss his seriousness and commitment to success, which is beyond argument.

When we opened this Wall Street project, he gave us space at 40 Wall Street, which was to make a statement about our having a presence there.

Jackson added that Trump has reached out and been inclusive, and described him as “a serious person who is an effective builder of people.”

Watch Jackson’s praise of the now-president:

“Everyone wants to paint him as a racist”

This week, Fox News personality Trish Regan averred an excellent point when discussing the president: “everyone wants to paint him as a racist.”

Despite the myriad of evidence to the contrary, there is an immense racial paranoia transpiring in the media. White House reporters even have the temerity to shout such questions as “are you a racist?” – something you would never have heard during the Barack Obama years.

But it wasn’t until the real estate billionaire mogul declared his White House intentions that his opponents and the media began their tirade. In fact, when discussing Obama in 2008, Jackson said that he would like to, “cut off his [slang word for male body part]” and added, “Barack…he’s talking down to black people…telling [racial slur] how to behave.”

Jackson was right: Obama talked down to black voters — something Trump has never done. The president may be uncouth in his manner, but he doesn’t tell others what to think, and it seems to be paying off: Trump’s support among black voters has doubled in the last year.

Perhaps Jesse should take note of these statistics before bashing the Commander in Chief.