In October 2016 at a Toledo, Ohio rally Donald Trump continued his frequent theme that he was going to help urban communities.
“We are going to work on our, the ghettos. If you take a look of what’s going on, where you have pockets, of areas of land, where you have the inner cities and you have so many things, so many problems.”
The left came unglued, not because of the broken and dangerous conditions in US inner cities, but because Donald Trump used the word “ghetto” in his speech.
The word police were outraged as were many members of the liberal media establishment.
Breitbart editor-at-large Joel Pollak was with the traveling press corps and attended the rally.
Joel tells TGP he was nearly thrown off the traveling press corps for writing about how they overreacted to Trump’s use of the word “ghetto.”
Here’s a snippet from How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution:
Another hard landing, this time in Toledo, under the persistent layer of cloud that seems to have taken over the entire northeastern quadrant of the country.
The motorcade races into the center of the city, to a large indoor convention space. It is only half-full, the one Trump rally on this journey that is packed to anything less than capacity. This looks more like the events I had seen with Hillary Clinton or other politicians, with the crowd and the bleachers arranged strategically for television, so that the empty spaces in the hall are obscured.
There is a man proudly holding up a sign that says, “Trump That Bitch: Before It’s Too Late.” The rest of the media do not appear to have noticed him, until General Flynn actually points him out from the podium, in a somewhat positive way (without reading his sign aloud).
The crowd actually likes the sign: several people, including women, come over to snap selfies with it. But I can already imagine the cable news discussions about Trump’s misogynistic supporters.
On the other side of the hall, attracting no attention whatsoever, are two young women, one of whom is wearing a shirt that reads, in cursive: “Don’t fucking touch me.”
I suspect they are protesters, and I am right. They tell me that Trump’s comments about women are “unacceptable.” One complains that she has already been harassed at the rally by a man who tried to touch her on the shoulder with his finger, trying to provoke a laugh.
“Sexual assault is not a joke,” she says.
Trump arrives and begins delivering his stump speech, with a few improvised flourishes. He commits a few flubs and mispronunciations, jumbling “Dixon Ticonderoga,” and saying “Lee-ma” instead of “Lai- ma” for the nearby town of “Lima.” He toys with the words, and has fun with his own mistakes.
Toward the end, somehow, Trump refers to poor, inner city black neighborhoods, to which he has been making an earnest policy pitch in recent speeches, by the term “ghetto.”
Social media erupts in howls of derision—though it is not clear why. “Ghetto,” Trump’s critics in the media seem to believe, is clearly a loaded term, or must be. As the press departs the arena and boards the bus back to the airport, I tweet a link to a video of an Elvis Presley song, “In the Ghetto.” I also write a story about the media being “triggered” by the term, and post it quickly—and the story causes an uproar in the press corps because, although it does not quote anyone in the traveling press, it reports that they scrambled to write up Trump’s remark. Later, I will agree to remove that part of the description, so as not to antagonize the people with whom I will be traveling for the next two weeks.
But I will continue to wonder: How does one correct media bias, if one witnesses it and cannot talk about it?
I win back some goodwill with my colleagues in the press—or so I imagine—by finding another journalist’s lost cell phone. And I avoid an open confrontation with a Buzzfeed reporter who had seemed, prior to
this trip, to have made it his personal mission to make my career as dif- ficult as possible—even resorting to publishing a false story that I would be offered a job as a Donald Trump speechwriter, based on a single dubious source.
My nerves and temper begin to settle as we land in Cleveland.
Of course, these same media critics said nothing about Hillary pandering to black voters in Selma, Alabama in 2007.
That’s completely different for some reason.
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