The Great Black Kool-Aid Drinker
WorldNetDaily columnist Jesse Lee Peterson is so ridiculously pro-Trump that he calls the president "the Great White Hope" -- apparently oblivious to its original as an racist, anti-black insult. He also bought into the Pizzagate hoax.
By Terry Krepel
Few right-wingers have drunk so long and so heartily from the Kool-Aid dispenser that is Donald Trump than WorldNetDaily columnist Jesse Lee Peterson. So much so, in fact, that he is bizarrely trying to refashion a historic racial slur as praise for the president.
Peterson already had a tendency to invoke his black-conservative privilege to say things that would be denounced as racist had they come from the mouth or pen of a white person -- for instance, calling a black woman a "Negress" or mocking Black History Month. In a February 2017 column, Peterson declared Trump the "white savior" for blacks (no, really; his column is titled "TRUMP: WHITE SAVIOR TO BLACK AMERICA"):
Trump is going to reinstate law and order because he loves all Americans. His father was his role model. When men and women love their fathers, it’s like loving God, and they have real love and a desire to help people.
Peterson ratcheted things up bigly in a September 2017 column with some serious racial-slur revisionism:
We have the greatest president in the history of America. I thank God for President Donald Trump, “The Great White Hope”!
Now, the phrase "great white hope" was coined in the early 20th century by writer Jack London, who wanted a white boxer to defeat Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion. At one point, London implored one white boxer to return to the ring and take on Johnson by writing, "The White Man must be rescued."
Peterson surely knows the racially charged origin of that phrase (maybe), yet he used it anyway. It's as if he thinks that blacks who don't share his right-wing thinking need to be dominated like millions of racist whites thought Jack Johnson should be -- again, the sentiment of a white supremacist, and not unlike his "white savior" statement.
Peterson continued his rant, which once again sounded like it should have been published at the white-nationalist site VDARE:
If leftists cared about black lives, why don’t they encourage black men and women to marry before making babies out of wedlock? Blacks commit abortion at more than twice the rate whites do, killing nearly one-third of their children in the womb. (In New York City, some years, more than half of black pregnancies end in abortion.) This deadens blacks’ souls, making them an unhappy and cruel people, with no peace. Of the black kids who survive, 72 percent are born out of wedlock, most raised without their fathers by angry black mothers and grandmothers. Black boys and girls grow up angry, sexual and, in many cases, violent.
If Peterson thinks Trump tells the truth and remains so angry at Obama -- not to mention invoking notoriously racist rhetoric against people the same skin color as him -- it seems that the real unhappy, cruel person with no peace here is Peterson.
Nevertheless, Peterson has decided to cling to the "Great White Hope" slogan, still seemingly oblivious to its derogatory racist connotations. He did so again in a Nov. 26 column:
As I reflect on the season, I’m thankful for President Trump the great white hope who is putting America first. Despite the lies and attacks from the left-wing media, liberal Democrats and Never Trumpers, Trump is enduring his challenges with class and grace. He’s a glaring contrast to the Fallen Messiah Barack Obama, who spent eight years exploiting identity politics and dividing the country.
Peterson used the "Great White Hope" phrase again in a Jan. 28 column trying to portray Trump as " like a good father to the country. He does not accept excuses, only solutions. I love him for the fact he pays no mind to the phony accusations of 'racism,' 'sexism' or any other '-ism.' He stands on truth, despite enemies and haters, and sets a good example for all." Peterson didn't explain how Trump "stands on truth" when he lies pretty much all the time.
In a March 4 column, Peterson wrote (italics his): "Thank God for the great white hope, President Trump, who is putting us back on track and Making America Great Again!"
One thing I love about President Trump, whom I call “The Great White Hope,” is that he does not pander to the worst in people not black radicals, liberal women, illegal aliens or others lost in a mindset of victimhood.
Peterson was at it once more in his June 3 column -- in which he justified Roseanne Barr's racist insult of former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett because Jarrett "wears short, straight hair not unlike a 'Planet of the Apes' movie character" -- again calling President Trump "the Great White Hope" who "tells the truth."
There's a reason ConWebWatch awarded Peterson a Slantie Award for trying to offer an insensitive, revisionist take on this racist insult.
Interestingly, Peterson has been silent so far in his WND column regarding Trump's pardon of Jack Johnson last month for a racially motivated conviction of the Mann Act. You'd think he would relish the opportunity to bring the whole "Great White Hope" thing full circle.
Defending Trump no matter what
Like a good Kool-Aid drinker, Peterson has made it clear that he will stick with Trump no matter what he does and give him credit for things he likely had little to do with.
When Trump's reportedly described certain other nations as "shithole countries," Peterson defended it, saying, "This is a question every American who cares about our country should be asking." He then attacked "black homosexual CNN host Don Lemon" for using the word and accusing Trump of racism, going on to complain that "Radical homosexuals and liberals ... can’t see that Donald Trump is tough, smart, and looking out for America."
Peterson went on a pro-Trump rant in his Dec. 24 column:
Incomes from 2009 to 2014 fell more for blacks than any other racial or ethnic group.
Missing from this rant: any mention of the inconvenient fact that there was a recession that had to be dug out of for the majority of Obama's presidency. That seems important -- but not to Peterson.
Peterson also fails to name any one thing Trump has actually done to create those conditions for blacks during his presidency -- which tells us that Peterson is giving Trump credit for policies that began under Obama, such as the lower black unemployment rate.
Peterson even furthered WND's "Donald the Divine" storyline. In that same Dec. 24 column, he declared: "I’m convinced that this president was sent by God to restore and unite our nation. This Christmas season and in the new year, black Americans should thank God for President Trump." He followed up in his Dec. 31 column:
In this country and the world in 2017, God gave us a great gift in President Donald Trump. He defeats his enemies with pure love and truth. He’s not intimidated by the dominant culture of political correctness, the hate-filled attacks directed against older, straight, white Christian men of power. Trump does not cater to corrupt liberal blacks, feminist women or radical “LGBT” propagandists who wish to weaken the country. He faces opposition on every side, but he maintains his winning spirit and overcomes evil with good.
Buying into Pizzagate hoax
Meanwhile, Peterson is still as hateful as ever of Democrats -- to the point that he bought into a malicious hoax.
The headline of a November 2016 column by Peterson read, "Dear America, stop putting up with evil." But Peterson's the one who has embraced evil by promoting the "Pizzagate" hoax -- something even conspiracy-happy WND largely refused to take part in -- and, then, libeling former Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta by suggesting he's a pedophile:
The media and social media establishments are attempting to suppress investigation into “PizzaGate” alleged pedophilia and Satanism practiced by political insiders and elites. These suspicions were bolstered by WikiLeaks’ “Podesta” emails.
It is irresponsible for Peterson to spread such false and malicious rumors. Peterson ranted that "If our country is to survive, if we want to restore freedom, We the People must return to eternal vigilance within," but it's obvious he exercised no vigilance, let alone due diligence, in choosing to publish claims he should know to be false. He urged his readers to "fight for good in your own lives" while his hate and lies are apparently exempt.
We're guessing he (and WND) probably heard from Podesta's lawyer at some point. Podesta shouldn't have to put up with Peterson's evil, after all, and he has an actionable claim to pursue. Heck, even wild-eyed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones apologized under legal duress for his role in promoting Pizzagate. Don't expect Peterson to do so, however, unless he similarly faces legal duress.