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Calling Trump a racist is a cheap shot

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The opinion piece “Keep out the KKK” by Robert Cuddy published in the March 10 edition of New Times is the best written cheap shot I’ve read in a long time.

Cuddy spends 98 percent of his piece talking about “literature” from the past “that extolls the Ku Klux Klan” while insinuating that Donald Trump is in some way a racist with his not so subtle assertion, “The Klan, alas, is not old news thanks to Donald Trump and the new life his campaign seems to have breathed into America’s racists.”

For someone as talented and obviously educated as Cuddy, one would expect better from him than to call Trump a racist because of an altercation in a crowd of thousands involving a black protestor. It’s so easy, isn’t it, to call someone a racist who speaks the uncomfortable truth to those who for so long have avoided it.

Although politically I’m a conservative (Cuddy failed to identify his political leaning) and have my own issues with Trump, there’s no evidence whatsoever that he is in any way a racist. So Cuddy’s cheap shot is either an outright lie or just guttersnipe from a political opponent. Calling anyone a racist without justification is the surest way to identify one void of legitimate argument.

-- Gary Wechter - Arroyo Grande

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