Throughout the presidential campaign, the Left and their media supporters floated the manufactured assertion that Donald Trump is racist, fascist, and misogynistic. Many weak-minded voters fell for the Kool-Aid. Taking her cue from the press, a woman posted on Facebook that Trump is “a vile, orange, bloated, narcissistic, dangerously thin-skinned, spineless, lying miscreant.” But this media strategy, initially designed to destroy Trump’s appeal as a candidate, didn’t work because there was an insufficient number of fools among the electorate. Now the same lie is being used by the Democrats, in conjunction with Rep. John Lewis’ unsubstantiated claim that the Russians hacked the election, to explain away the failure of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. The assertion about Trump is, and has always been, completely false.
Enter MSNBC and its mouthpiece, Rachel Maddow, who a friend of mine refers to as “Rachel Madcow.” She criticized Trump’s acceptance speech on the grounds that it was “militant” and “anti-Semitic.” Referring to Trump’s “America First” slogan, Madcow said it has “very dark echoes in American history.” She was alluding to the America First Committee of the 1930s that was infiltrated by Nazis. Terry Moran on ABC agreed that Trump’s speech had anti-Semitic “overtones.” Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd called the speech “surprisingly divisive.” Not to be outdone, Chris Matthews on MSNBC called the speech “Hitlerian!”
By aiming to unify the country in its own self-interest, Trump is being described as divisive and Hitlerian. Once again, I shake my head in disbelief that such nonsense is circulated by the mainstream media. Does Madcow really believe this crap or is she as deranged as she seems? Comparing Trump’s slogan of America First to the isolationist position before World War II is a distortion of history. Trump wants to substitute love of country for Obama’s anti-American ideology. How does this make Trump out to be anti-Semitic? Hitlerian? On what planet is there a logical connection? Not this one, to be sure.
If we are going to accuse anyone of anti-Semitism, let’s stick with Obama. As Alan Dershowitz has finally figured out, Obama lied to the Jewish community from day one. “From lifting sanctions on Iran to calling for Israel to return to its indefensible 1967 borders,” said the Washington Times, “Mr. Obama has spent the past seven years betraying America’s treasured friend.” Trump, in stark contrast, has expressed unqualified support for Israel. His daughter and grandchildren are Jewish. Nothing Hitlerian about that.
Nor can we call Trump’s intention to place limits on Muslim immigration “Hitlerian.” Trump has taken serious criticism because he understands the threat posed by Islamic terrorism and the unwillingness of Muslims to accept our values and assimilate into our communities. Obama’s failure to mount a serious response to the 28,000 instances of Islamic terrorism since 9/11 is reprehensible. Hillary was hell bent on perpetuating Obama’s head-in-the-sand policy. Let’s be thankful that Trump is a realist.
Trump’s acceptance speech was the first really positive, forward-looking expression of “American exceptionalism” that we have heard in a long time. He wants to “bind the wounds of division.” He wants to give power back to the people. He wants to put an end to self-serving politicians who sell out their constituencies. He wants to put an end to Islamic terror. He wants to find “common ground” and “partnership” with the rest of the world. He wants safer neighborhoods, better schools, good jobs. To call him out as racist, fascist, misogynistic—and let’s not forget Hitlerian—is insane.
If the media want to survive, they need to learn the lesson of this election. The mainstream media did everything in their power to elevate Hillary Clinton and destroy Donald Trump. They failed. We have proof that the public is not as gullible as it once was, that the propaganda disseminated by the press is recognized for what it is—not by everyone, but by enough voters and newspaper readers to make a difference.
Copyright © 2017 Ed Brodow. All rights reserved.
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