In his Aug. 30 letter to the editor, Jim Sohan called President Trump a racist.  He also called me and everyone else who will vote for Trump in 2020 a racist.  Let that sink in. According to Sohan, voting for Trump in 2020 automatically makes you a racist.  If Comal County goes for Trump in 2020 as it did in 2016, then 7 of 10 Comal County voters will be racists.  So says the gospel according to Jim Sohan.  

Given that I’ve never met or spoken with Mr. Sohan, I’m amazed by his remarkable “insight” into my personal character, belief system and voting considerations.  I’m even more amazed at his all-knowing “insight” into the motives of every Trump supporter.   

Let me be clear!  I vociferously reject Mr. Sohan’s arrogant, presumptive and thoroughly insulting allegation about me and anyone else who chooses Trump over the Democrat party’s America-disparaging, increasingly socialist, abortion-loving candidate.  The Democrats’ ploy to paint President Trump and his supporters as racists is a contemptible strategy straight from Saul Alinsky’s playbook. It seeks to inflame rather than soothe racial tensions.

Deep-state operatives, the Democrat party, their media propagandists and Trump haters like Mr. Sohan failed in their attempt to frame Trump for Russian collusion.  Because of that epic failure, this bunch needs a new anti-Trump falsehood to foist on the American electorate.  The new lie is that Trump, his policies and his supporters are all racist.  In the coming months, Trump haters will foment and exacerbate racial unrest and attempt to lay blame for that unrest at Trump’s feet.  They hope to make the 2020 election about race and race alone.  

Their efforts will fail.  

Americans of color are increasingly aware of how they and their fellow Americans are benefitting from Trump’s policies. Black and Hispanic unemployment rates are at historic lows and their wages are rising faster than at any time in recent memory.  Under President Trump, minority-owned businesses are expanding in both size and number at the fastest rate in decades.  Low income blacks and Hispanics recognize that Trump’s immigration policies protect their job opportunities and wage rates from threats posed by lower cost illegal alien labor.   

Ask yourself these questions.

Would a racist president have ardently supported and signed The First Step Act, giving nonviolent offenders, the majority of whom are black and Hispanic, another chance at productive citizenship?  President Trump did.

Would a racist president have honored Matthew Charles, a black man and the first person released under that law, at his State of the Union address?  President Trump did.

Would a racist president commute a black woman’s life sentence as a first-time nonviolent drug offender?  President Trump did that for Alice Johnson.   

Would a racist president actively promote and sign a bill that increases funding and support for research into sickle cell anemia, a disease that disproportionally impacts African Americans?  President Trump did.

Would a racist president commit his full support to the creation of Opportunity Zones to help poor, disadvantaged, and predominately black or Hispanic communities?  President Trump did.   

Would a racist president withhold Title X funding from Planned Parenthood, the primary perpetrator of what black Baptist minister Walter Hoye calls the “black genocide” of abortion?  President Trump did.

To the Democrats’ chagrin, Trump is enjoying a dramatic increase in his approval ratings among minorities. That’s what a growing number of polls by Marist, Zogby Analytics, Rasmussen, Harvard/Harris, and others are saying.  Minorities are quickly learning that President Trump acts in the best interest of ALL American citizens, be they black, brown, red, yellow, white or any combination thereof.  His policies are a rising tide that lifts everybody’s boat.  

That, my friends, is the truth of the matter.  Don’t believe anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

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Jim Sohan

I don't hate Donald Trump, I'm not a deep-state operative, I'm not even a member of the Democratic Party, nor do I truly think 7 out of 10 Comal County residents are racist. I understand voters' frustrations with the status quo and their choices in 2016, and why Donald Trump was so appealing to many. Mr Volz provided a long list of why in his view Donald Trump isn't a racist, but there's ample proof from his discriminatory housing practices in the past to his comments and actions as President to suggest otherwise. What I don't understand, and what drove me to start this conversation in the first place, is why does Donald Trump get a free pass when it comes to racism. At best, he's an enabler vice using the power of his office to combat and work to end racism. His supporters continually point to what they view as the positive accomplishments of his Administration, but why on such a divisive issue does he not take a clear stand against it. Why let it fester and continue to grow as a problem in America. Why does he continue to be an enabler. I strongly feel if you vote for Donald Trump in 2020 you're enabling him and his racist tendencies. Does that truly make your a racist, even an unintentional one? I really don't know, you decided. But, if you take Donald Trump's name out of the conversation, if someone contributed to, supported, participated in or otherwise enabled an organization or individual focused on promoting racism, you'd probably call them racist. If you don't consider Donald Trump to be a racist, then the argument is mute. Perhaps in the original post I should've left the question of whether or not one is a racist if they vote for Donald Trump open ended. In any case, I think people need to consider what their vote in 2020 means and it should be based on what's best for this country overall, and not just from a policy or personal stand point. Vote from the stand point of what America really stands for. You can use your vote in 2020 to force change in America when it comes to racism, but it will require you to decide where it stands in your own list of priorities. As for all the other stuff, hopefully one day the two parties will find a way to work together again, learn to compromise again, and do what's best for America.

David Bryant

"... it should be based on what's best for this country overall, and not just from a policy or personal stand point."

Pardon me for pointing this out, Jim, but that is patently ridiculous.

-- The executive branch does not pass laws, and it does not tell others what the laws mean. It enforces the laws. In other words, it establishes policies and priorities, and that is all it does.

When I choose to vote for a presidential candidate, I am choosing a set of policies that I believe is preferable to some other set of policies. That is basically all there is to vote for in a presidential contest.

-- It's mighty presumptuous for you ar anybody else to claim to know what "is best for this country overall". When did you become omniscient? Face it, man. You aren't any smarter than your neighbors. And you vote in your own self interest just like everybody else does.

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