One of the most common ways to discredit a politician is to take his/her words out of context and claim they meant something other than what they meant. Don’t be confused! Always look for the full video.
For example, Trump was cast as a racist because he allegedly called Mexicans rapists. Did he? Let’s look at the context: Trump was giving a speech about those who cross the border illegally. Many times, those who cross the border illegally do so because they cannot get through the usual channels or because they do not want to be traced. Many times, this is because they are involved in other illegal activity or have committed serious crimes in the past. Some of them are rapists.
In the original video, Trump opines that when Mexico sends its people, it does not send its best. In other words, the “good” Mexicans stay in Mexico (or come in legally) and the “bad” Mexicans sneak across the border illegally. Obviously, he recognizes that some Mexicans are better than others – just as in any people group. He does not lump all Mexicans together and all Americans together and imply one inferior to the other. That would be racism. What Trump said was the opposite of racism!
Then he says “they aren’t sending you,” apparently speaking to those he recognizes as good Mexicans, thus reinforcing the proof that he is not valuing people based on race.
He then lists some of the crimes committed by the criminal Mexicans (sneaking across the border illegally being by definition a criminal act), at one point saying, “They’re rapists,” following it up by saying, “and some, I assume, are good people,” again showing he is not only not being racist, but is not even going so far as assuming that those guilty of one criminal act must be guilty of other criminal acts. He goes out of his way to clearly dispel prejudice of all kinds.
After this, he goes on to say that a lot of those sneaking across the Mexican border are not even from Mexico, showing he is not picking on any one particular group. Again, this is the opposite of racism.
Next time news reporters tell you something is true, double-check the context. It might not be.
In politics, we play with the lives of other people. Those we vote for will put in place policies that might make the difference between life and death, imprisonment and freedom, or poverty and riches. Voting without being fully informed is the worst form of negligence. Listen to as many different news sources as you have time for. Seek out contrary opinions. Check your bias. Read history. Read science. Find a trusted analyst to sift the news for you, explain it, and put it in context. Look for errors in their logic. Ask for supporting evidence. Most of all, actually think.
Logic. Love. Liberty.