I am alarmed by the hysterical attacks by left leaning entertainers, journalists and politicians against President Donald Trump.
First, let me say that I am often dismayed by Trump’s intemperate criticisms of his political opponents. Trump is a counter-puncher, and he fights dirty. He is also extremely sensitive to criticism; and he is liable to lash out at anyone, friend or foe, who censures him. That is the way he is. I wish he would moderate his language and be more careful with the truth, but that is unlikely to happen; so, I must acknowledge his failings. He is far from being a perfect man, and I do not consider him to be a person American youth should emulate. At the same time, I believe he is a very competent executive, far superior to any Democrat currently vying for his position. I like his agenda, and I am convinced that he truly desires what is best for America.
The President’s opponents do not seem to realize that he is an equal opportunity insulter. If you anger him, it makes no difference whether you are white or black, brown or yellow, male or female. He will insult you with whatever verbal bomb he can think of.
Trump has much to be angry about. Even before his election, the vitriol directed against him and his supporters by mainstream media and the political opposition was unbelievably harsh. Since that time, it has become worse.
Shortly after the election there were charges that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to secure his electoral victory. Some critics even intimated that the Russians had some sort of hold on our President. A special counsel was appointed, and many months of investigation followed. All during that time, charges of malfeasance against Trump continued to circulate, and the President raged against his accusers. Finally, the Mueller investigation ended with no charge of collusion. There was no apology from his accusers. Instead, they now wish to charge (impeach) him for impeding the investigation into the non-existent collusion.
Liberal politicians and their allies in the press (which includes most major networks) continued their attacks against President Trump before, during, and after the Mueller investigation. There are many reasons for this.
First, Trump believes that the liberal press is inaccurate and biased in its reporting. He calls it “fake news”, and he uses intemperate language to assail the various networks and individual reporters who arouse his ire. The networks respond in kind. Their hatred of him appears to have no bounds, and any remaining sense of objectivity is lost in the crossfire.
Second, Trump angered some of the most powerful political pressure groups in the country. He stood with the pro-lifers, and this infuriated the Planned Parenthood organization; he advocated school choice, which horrified the teachers’ unions; and he broke bread with Protestant Evangelicals and conservative Catholics, and this alarmed LGBT supporters. These liberal groups have utter contempt for most Republicans, and they possess immense influence within the Democratic Party.
Third, Trump gives his opponents boatloads of ammunition with his provocative tweets. He uses the medium continually to comment on matters of policy, react to news stories, criticize his opponents, etc. The thoughts he expresses often appear to be knee-jerk responses that are not well thought out, and they are exposed to malicious interpretation by those who seek to destroy him.
Meanwhile, Trump and his supporters are subjected to outlandish charges.
During the 2016 Presidential campaign Hillary Clinton referred to Trump followers as “a basket of deplorables.”
During the Russian collusion investigation some reporters and political opponents called Trump a traitor. A few of them still refuse to accept the conclusion of the two year-long Mueller investigation that there was no collusion between Trump and the Russians.
On August 11, 2017, white nationalists’ groups held a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. There were counter-protests, and more than thirty people were injured in the following melee. On the following day a self-identified white-supremacist deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring others. Trump condemned hatred, bigotry and violence on both sides, but some commentators took one of his statements to imply moral equivalence between white-supremacist marchers and those who protested against them. Actually, I believe the President was only expressing some empathy for those who wished to preserve monuments to their southern heroes. Nevertheless, for clarification, Trump followed with a specific denunciation of neo-Nazis and white nationalists, but his critics chose not to believe him. He could have delivered the equivalent of a Gettysburg Address, and his opponents would have found fault.
Many liberal members of the news media and entertainment world began painting Trump’s followers as either deluded bumkins or fellow racists. Some news networks began offering nothing but a continuous stream of anti-Trumpian commentary. The oft-maligned Fox news network provided much needed balance.
In recent weeks Trump lashed out at some of his most vocal critics within the Democratic Party. One of his attacks was directed against an informal group of progressive freshmen members of Congress called “The Squad.” They are of non-Caucasian or mixed ethnicity. He followed this with a bitter denunciation of black Congressman Elijah Cummins, a frequent critic. These attacks by Trump led to further charges of racism. Actually, there are reasons to believe that there was no racial animus involved in these attacks. Trump will attack any critic, regardless of skin color.
Lastly, in the past few days there have been two incidents of mass shootings in the United States. President Trump spoke out strongly against the violence. He said, “In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated.” As usual, the President’s response was criticized as being both insincere and inadequate. Some of his more virulent network critics went even further. One MSNBC contributor claimed that President Trump’s order for flags be lowered to half-mast in the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings was a neo-Nazi dog whistle. Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC co-host, implied that Trump actually wants such mass murders to happen. Another MSNBC commentator, Nicolle Wallace, said that the President was talking about exterminating Latinos. Nicolle later withdrew the accusation, but the damage was done.
No wonder President Trump hates the liberal press. No wonder he calls it “fake news.”
The American people deserve a balanced perspective. Will we ever get it?