NBC Fans the Flames of Racial Tensions Ahead of Trump Presidency

NBC apparently assumed the role of sore loser Wednesday on NBC Nightly News, as they pulled out all the stops in an attempt to smear President-Elect Donald Trump. First, they stoked the liberal anxiety that Trump would join the ranks of the world’s most deplorable despots, before moving on to assert that the America that elected Trump was not welcoming to minorities. “While Donald Trump's many supporters are basking in his victory, many others woke up this morning feeling disillusioned by the headlines,” sulked anchor Lester Holt.

Time and time again critics accused Trump of running a campaign with undercurrents of racism and those concerns persist now that the election results show a sharp racial divide,” Holt continued to opine. Holt turned it over to reporter Ron Allen to do most of fear mongering, “Outside the nation's African-American history museum, there's deep worry about president-elect Donald Trump's victory and the huge turn-out by rural working-class white voters.

Allen reported (that’s right, reported) that the reason Trump was elected was because the white people in rural America couldn’t handle diversity:

They see what's been called a “white-lash.” White Americans feeling left out and deep resentment as the nation grows more diverse. Rallied by a candidate who promised to ban Muslims, wall out Mexicans, and who challenged the very legitimacy of the nation's first black president.

The NBC reporter went on to tout the liberal hashtag “#NotMyPresident” and then declared, “Still today, with President-Elect Trump, some worry their country has turned against them.

The network also feared for what Trump would bring against the Latino community, while completely ignoring how he improved on Mitt Romney’s 2012 Latino turnout by two points. “At watch parties from Florida to California this was the moment that many Latino voters were afraid of. Shock and tears turn to fear,” announced a depressed sounding Miguel Almaguer.

For many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country, the future became more uncertain,” he stated, “For 16-year-old Valerie Travi, who was born in the US, this election seems more like an eviction.” According to Almaguer, Travi’s parents were sent back to Colombia almost a year ago, and “With Clinton she saw hope. With Trump, helplessness.

While the NBC reporter fretted for Travi’s situation, there was no mention of the heartless man who tore apart a happy family, the current President. Barack Obama is the one who should be receiving the ire of Almaguer and NBC in this case, since he controls the government. But Obama is their favorite, so no hope for objectivity there.

Almaguer ended his biased report by praising Latino union workers who were preparing to stand against a President Trump:

Here in what was the battleground state of Nevada, thousands of Latino union workers had canvassed this area for weeks, hoping to turn this purple state blue. They were successful in doing that. Now they say they will battle Donald Trump's policies so they don't become legislation.

Transcripts below:

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NBC
Nightly News
November 9, 2016
7:33:30 PM Eastern [2 Minutes 22 Seconds]

LESTER HOLT: One of the most closely watched factors in this election was the role that Latino voters would play. And while Trump did getting some 29 percent of the Latino vote. His rhetoric on immigration since day one is still cause for concern among many in that community. We get more from NBC's Miguel Almaguer.

[Cut to video]

MIGUEL ALMAGUER: At watch parties from Florida to California this was the moment that many Latino voters were afraid of. Shock and tears turn to fear.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1: They're still scared of what may happen to us.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1: We're stuck in limbo again. So it's really scary.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 2: I think it's more – it’s more disbelief, more sadness that America didn't get it.

ALMAGUER: For many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country, the future became more uncertain.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 3: It's going to be a wakening call for all the Hispanics. Whether you're Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban.

VALERIE TRAVI: I’m alone here in the United States.

ALMAGUER: For 16-year-old Valerie Travi, who was born in the US, this election seems more like an eviction. Her undocumented parents were deported back to Colombia ten months ago. With Clinton she saw hope. With Trump, helplessness.

TRAVI: Right now I'm scared. I really don't know what to think. Because I don't know when I'm going to see my parents again.

ALMAGUER: Clear in his campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration.

DONALD TRUMP: We will stop illegal immigration. Deport all criminal aliens and dismantle every last criminal gang and cartel threatening our citizens.

ALMAGUER: Alnet Nunez works in Las Vegas, a hospitality worker whose sister is undocumented.

How worried are you that your sister will be separated if her children?

ALNET NUNEZ: Oh god. I wish it could not happen. It's my big fear.

Tell the Truth 2016

ALMAGUER: Tonight this is a country divided. And for some, there is fear their families may soon be split apart, too.

[Cuts back to live]

Here in what was the battleground state of Nevada, thousands of Latino union workers had canvassed this area for weeks, hoping to turn this purple state blue. They were successful in doing that. Now they say they will battle Donald Trump's policies so they don't become legislation. Lester?

HOLT: Miguel Almaguer tonight in Las Vegas, thank you.

...

NBC
Nightly News
November 9, 2016
7:40:24 PM Eastern [2 Minutes 4 Seconds]

LESTER HOLT: While Donald Trump's many supporters are basking in his victory, many others woke up this morning feeling disillusioned by the headlines. Time and time again critics accused Trump of running a campaign with undercurrents of racism and those concerns persist now that the election results show a sharp racial divide. NBC's Ron Allen with more on that.

[Cuts to video]

RON ALLEN: Outside the nation's African-American history museum, there's deep worry about president-elect Donald Trump's victory and the huge turn-out by rural working-class white voters.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 1: How much is it about race? I mean Trump has made the whole election about race, so about 100 percent of it.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 1: I'm not angry, you know. I'm hurt. I'm hurt because it says a lot about America.

ALLEN: They see what's been called a “white-lash.” White Americans feeling left out and deep resentment as the nation grows more diverse. Rallied by a candidate who promised to ban Muslims, wall out Mexicans, and who challenged the very legitimacy of the nation's first black president. How much of this is about President Obama, a backlash against him?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN 2: Folks just didn't know what to do. When he won the first time they were confused and upset. When he won the second time that really sent them over the rail.

ALLEN: Some on social media using the hashtag #NotMyPresident.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 2 [Crying]: If you're a family you're concerned. A lot of people here trying to fit in.

ALLEN: Despite the taunting written on the wall [image if “Black lives don’t matter and neither does you votes” spray painted on a wall]-- conservatives pushing back at the charge of racism.

RUSH LIMBAUGH: People who define the character and who define the values of our country were the winners. In what happened yesterday.

MARC MORIAL: I think the new president has an important responsibility. To lead and also to work to unify.

ALLEN: Still today, with President-Elect Trump, some worry their country has turned against them.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN 3: As a black person I feel like I'm taken as nothing.

ALLEN: Deep doubts about whether Mr. Trump, who said he intends to be a president for all Americans, can heal a very divided nation. Ron Allen, NBC News, Washington.

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