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Medved: Let’s debate virtues, not vices

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stands during the national anthem with a flyover by the U.S. Navy Blue Angles at Mount Rushmore. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The New York Times seizes every opportunity to impute racist motives to Donald Trump, even when reacting to positive announcements that shouldn’t be controversial.

After his Independence Day Eve speech at Mt. Rushmore, one Times headline read: “President orders national garden of heroes, with list of mostly white men.”

Actually, Trump went out of his way to feature females and people of color, who comprised 12 names on his 30-person list.

That’s 40% — from Colonial flag-maker Betsy Ross, to Dr. King, to the ill-fated teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe. No honest history of America would devote more than 40% of its space to female and Black leaders; for our first 200 years, white males, for better or worse, dominated every field of endeavor.

Arguments over the “Garden of Heroes” bring one welcome feature: Focusing on the virtues of candidates for new memorials, rather than stressing vices of those whose statues we seek to destroy.

Listen to Michael Medved weekday afternoons from 12 – 3 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3).

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