An executive director in the Trump organization filmed a video this week condemning the media’s portrayal of her employer. That a woman is standing up for Donald Trump will be astonishing enough to the cynical forces smearing the Republican frontrunner; that she is black is bound to cause an embolism or two in liberal circles. And though Trump’s critics can dismiss Lynne Patton as a brown-noser or surmise that she was put up to this by the campaign, the very fact that he has entrusted a black woman with high-level responsibilities should be enough to quiet those who say he’s a racist or a sexist.
It won’t, of course. But it should.
In “The Trump Family That I Know,” Patton reads aloud a letter she wrote in defense of the billionaire.
“Today I was compelled to sit down and write this letter,” Patton says. “Not to anyone in particular, maybe even just for myself, but as a black female executive at the Trump organization, I can no longer remain silent about the repeated and reprehensible attempts to align my boss and his family with racist hate-mongering groups, campaigns and messaging.
“The Trump family that I know is, without question, one of the most generous, compassionate and philanthropic families I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and the honor to call friends,” she continues. “They have been incredibly loyal to me and the countless dedicated people they employ around the world – hiring more minority and female executives than any other company for which I’ve ever worked.”
Patton goes on to accuse Trump’s liberal critics of being “incendiary” and “irresponsible” in equating racism with policies designed to strengthen the United States.
However the video might be received on the left, it’s worth noting that this is a theme that keeps repeating itself. Even Trump’s political enemies largely concede that he’s a great guy to be around, and no one has produced even the slightest evidence that he holds racist views.
Yet it remains perfectly acceptable for mainstream journalists to call him a messenger of hate without backing it up. Of course, when you automatically throw everything that isn’t “Diversity is Wonderful!” into the racism column, that’s what happens. Hopefully, as time goes by, voters will judge Trump on his character and not on the media’s fallacious storyline.