Fox’s Brit Hume: I Don’t Think There Is Much Evidence That Trump Is A Racist
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume claimed that there is no “evidence that Trump is much of a racist” on Monday’s edition of America’s Newsroom, according to Media Matters.
Hume’s co-anchor addressed a Trump reelection campaign ad that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday: “So when you have this ad that’s -- basically -- it’s people of all races who get a second chance. But Alice Johnson, a Black woman who said, it’s Donald Trump who gave me a second chance.
Hume replied: “And that’s a very powerful ad, considering the source of it. A woman who was, you know, benefitted from something Trump did that was interesting and something you might not have expected from him, which is why you have even Pete Buttigieg recognizing it.”
“Buttigieg reflects a view that I think is pretty clear,” Hume continued, “which is anything this president does that can be seen as adverse to any minority -- immigrants, Blacks, or whoever -- is automatically seen as racist. Now, I frankly don’t think there’s really very much evidence that Trump is much of a racist. But it’s absolutely accepted, and believed in the Democratic Party. But I don’t think the people who have voted for Trump in the past think he’s a racist.”
Yet, several analysis of statistics released by the FBI on hate crimes in the United States suggest that the rhetoric of political leaders influences can be connected to hateful and violent acts.
A team from the University of North Texas, for example, found counties that hosted a 2016 Trump campaign rally saw a 226% increase in reported hate incidents over comparable counties that did not host such a rally.
“I’m convinced now that political rhetoric of elites influences the behavior of supporters,” said North Texas political science professor Valerie Martinez-Ebers. “This research confirms, at least in my mind, that the political rhetoric that’s happening today is influencing the American public’s actions.”
At a rally in early 2019 in Panama City, Florida, Trump addressed the obstacles U.S. Border Patrol agents face in preventing migrants from crossing borders. “How do you stop these people?” he asked.
“Shoot them!” someone in the crowd yelled, to which Trump smiled, shook his head, and said, “Only in the Panhandle can you get away with that statement. Only in the Panhandle!”