Democrats running for president against Donald Trump in 2020 are staking out their campaign theme.

Do you know what it is?

“Trump’s a racist.”

Kamala Harris said it. Bernie Sanders said it. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat, took the slur even further, saying, “We have a hater in the White House, a birther in chief, the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

The dirty little secret behind these irresponsible and dangerously hyperbolic lies is that all of these people know very well the claims are false, groundless, without any substance.

How do I know that? How can I prove it?

It’s not exactly like Donald Trump was an unknown before running for president in 2016.

He was a major celebrity, one of the most well-known businessmen in the world, a best-selling author, a major donor to Democratic politicians, a media star, the billionaire prince of New York City.

Trump was the toast of the town in New York. He was the toast of Hollywood. He was the toast of the Democratic Party.

In all the years before he ran for president, guess what no one called Trump? A racist.

Why? Because there was no evidence to support such a malicious accusation.

And there is no evidence to support a malicious accusation like that today. And his accusers know it.

How do I know they know it? Because they never provide any evidence. They just make accusations, reckless claims, smears.

If challenged on the charge, I notice Trump’s detractors fall back on allusions to Charlottesville, the site of riots between white supremacist haters and leftist haters. Why was that the birth of the nonsense charge of racism against Trump? Because he blamed both sides for the violence – and he was 100 percent correct. The leftist haters – like Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Hakeem Jeffries – are incapable of condemning violence by their own people. They never will. To them, violence in the public square is not wrong; it’s the motivation for the violence that is the problem.

Has Trump ever employed a racist slur? No.

Has Trump embraced black economic empowerment in the U.S.? Yes.

Has Trump worked with people of all races throughout his career without incident? Yes.

Did anyone in Democratic Party circles call Trump a racist before he ran for president? No.

In fact, Hillary Clinton invited Trump to her daughter’s wedding. She also shook him down for campaign contributions – as did dozens of other Democratic Party pols over his long career in real estate and the media.

Let’s talk about the media. They like to throw around the “racist” slur too. But if Trump were a racist, why did they do deals with him from which they benefited? And why were they always quick to hold out the microphone for their favorite news source – again, before he ran for president.

It’s time to demand they all put up or shut up with the racism accusation. Where’s the evidence? It’s un-American to make such a charge against a standing president, inviting, encouraging and inflaming violence against him.

And by the way, the very same people who make the erroneous, unsubstantiated, baseless accusation of racism against Trump also frequently call for acts of violence against him. That’s something else they never did before Trump entered politics.

Of course, the people who make these accusations often make them against others as well. Those might include anyone wearing a MAGA hat or attending a Trump rally. But their targets are unlikely to be real racists – someone like Louis Farrakhan.

That’s why I can unequivocally assure you that those calling Donald Trump a racist don’t even believe the claim themselves.

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