Anti-Trump opinion letters consistently include in the list of grievances contentions that our president is beyond doubt a racist, white supremacist, Neo-Nazi or combination thereof.

Given that it is improbable that local opinion writers are personally acquainted with the president, their suppositions are likely based in large part on the contrived, non-stop anti-Trump narrative coming from the likes of CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Yet, in point of fact, absolutely nothing found in the extensive public record of Donald Trump has substantiated contentions of racism or white supremacy.

Oh yeah, what about Charlottesville? When pressed for concrete evidence of racism, ties to white nationalists or support for Neo-Nazis, anti-Trump protagonists consistently go back to remarks made by the president after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August of 2017. They claim he said white nationalists and Neo-Nazis are “very fine people,” thus sending thinly disguised “dog whistle” support to their loathsome ranks.

What he actually said was: “ . . you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.” He went on to say: “I’m not talking about the Neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.” The last quote has been conveniently missing in mainstream media coverage.

One of Trump’s daughters and family are Jewish. There is clearly no evidence of them shunning him. He fulfilled a long-time promise to Israel to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a promise made by President Obama but not kept. Trump is very close to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu who speaks highly of him. Is this not extremely irregular behavior for a Neo-Nazi?

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Trump appointed African American Dr. Ben Carson to serve in his cabinet as secretary of housing and urban development. Carson grew up in poverty. In a recent interview he recalled how he had experienced racism first hand in his life. He went on to say that Trump is absolutely not a racist.

During Black History month, President Trump hosted a large, diverse gathering of black leaders at the White House. In his remarks, the president said: “From the earliest days of this nation, African American leaders, pioneers, and visionaries have uplifted and inspired our country in art, in science, literature, law, film, politics, business, and every arena of national life. The depth and glory of these contributions are beyond measure.” Who credibly believes that any one of these black leaders would attend an event to honor Black History Month hosted by a white nationalist?

It is time to stop hateful ad hominem attacks and start discussing critical policy issues facing our nation.