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By Lynn Woolley

Columnist Mark Shields ought to be ashamed.

In his piece tearing down President Trump, he holds up the example of J. William Fulbright, Bill Clinton’s mentor, who once said that:

J. William Fulbright (Wikipedia)

“Whenever I went to the White House for any occasion, during [JFK’s] administration, I was always proud, as an American, that Kennedy was my president.”

The not-so-subtle implication here is that Kennedy, Fulbright, and other Democrats are pure as snow while Donald Trump is a sexist, racist barbarian. That’s just bull.

Kennedy’s sexual dalliances are now a well-known part of history. But you may not know much about Fulbright. Shields does. He worked for the guy. Yet, in the column, Shields acts as though Fulbright was some sort of moral paragon. Fulbright was, in fact, a racist who was committed to racial segregation. Fulbright, in fact, epitomizes the Democrats’ racist past.

Fulbright was no saint. Not by a long stretch.

Frankly, I’m tired of listening to left-wing Democrats slander Donald Trump for some of the insensitive things he says, in light of the outright racist things Democrats used to do. Let’s take J. William Fulbright for example. He died on February 9, 1995, and was eulogized by a politician who learned at his feet. Here is what Bill Clinton said of him:

We come to celebrate and give thanks for the remarkable life of J. William Fulbright, a life that changed our country and our world forever and for the better. . . . In the work he did, the words he spoke and the life he lived, Bill Fulbright stood against the 20th century’s most destructive forces and fought to advance its brightest hopes.

In his column, Shields likewise pours praise on Fulbright.

Mark Shields

By the time of his last Arkansas campaign, in 1974, when I worked for Fulbright, he had already won national attention as an outspoken critic of Sen. Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunts and for, longer than anyone in U.S. history, chairing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he conducted, much to the anger of President Lyndon B. Johnson, nationally televised hearings opposing the U.S. war in Vietnam. During that 1974 campaign, Fulbright chatted late one evening about the six U.S. presidents who had served with him. What I remember today was Fulbright’s description of John F. Kennedy: “Whenever I went to the White House for any occasion during his administration, I was always proud, as an American, that Kennedy was my president.”

Clinton and Shields are committing sins of omission.

Fulbright was an open and outspoken racist for much of his career. Like most racist Democrats, he recanted later, but he could not take back what he had done.


Mona Charin, writing in National Review in 2015, pointed out the hypocrisy of the Dems, using Fulbright as her poster boy.

• Fulbright was among 99 Democrats that signed the “Southern Manifesto” in 1956, declaring opposition to the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that lead to desegregation.
• Fulbright was among those who filibustered for 84 days against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

So, in light of that, would Shields have been proud to have Fulbright as a senator? Bill Clinton was –and made no bones about it. Democrats in the 50’s and 60’s were proud racists.

Here’s a few more factoids from Charen’s article:

• Percentage of House Dems supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1964: 61%.
• Percentage of House Reps supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1964: 80%.
• Percentage of Senate Dems supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1964: 69%.
• Percentage of Senate Reps supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1964: 82%.
• In 2000, while running for POTUS, Al Gore said his father, Al Gore Sr., voted for the Civil Rights Bill, but he didn’t.
• As recently as 2010, the Senate’s Pro-Tem for former Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops Robert Byrd – a Democrat.
• When MSNBC was doing a story on the 50th anniversary of George Wallace “Standing at the Schoolhouse Door” to prevent integration at the University of Alabama, the network identified him as “R-Alabama.” Wallace was a Democrat.

Dating back to the administration of Abraham Lincoln, advances in racial equality have been precipitated by Republicans far more than by Democrats.

Today, there are two narratives going on that you should know about.

First, the Democrats remain the party that uses race for its own advantage. The Dems promise black people the moon, but rarely deliver. The presidency of Barack Obama presented a rare opportunity to improve race relations, but they got far worse as Obama reacted poorly to race-based events time and again. (The Cambridge police acted “stupidly,” and so on…)

Fulbright with LBJ

Second, the Democrats are bound and determined to create and maintain an underclass of poor and under-educated people to use as a voting base. They will always advocate for Dreamers, Salvadorans who are here on a “temporary” program, and illegal aliens – because those communities, when they get the right to vote, will always vote Democratic in hopes of being the beneficiaries of wealth redistribution.

Meanwhile President Trump promises nothing based on race, but black employment is way up in his economy. Real jobs are always better than left-wing promises. What Trump says is not remotely as disgusting as what Democrats like Fulbright, Gore Sr., and Clinton have done.

As City Journal’s Andrew Klavan writes in his new column:

“Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth.”

So to Mark Shields – here’s some truth for you. 

The truth is that blacks and other minorities are doing quite well under President Donald Trump. They didn’t do nearly so well under Obama. I am, indeed, prouder of Donald Trump than I was of his predecessor – and certainly prouder than anyone should ever be of the racist J. William Fulbright.

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