ANTI-TRUMPERS PUSH NONSENSE
INSTEAD OF REAL CRITICISM
A video circulating on Facebook shows Donald Trump crowing about a new coin that commemorates the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage. In typical self-congratulatory mode he wonders why such a token wasn’t issued “a long time ago,” and boasts of being someone who can “get a lot of things done,” and so accomplished it.
The circulators of the video aren’t criticizing him for his tendency to claim credit — a trait he exhibits frequently — but for a silly slip of the tongue. Naturally, a coin commemorating an anniversary wouldn’t be issued “a long time” before the anniversary occurs. What Trump insists we should have commemorated earlier is women voting.
It’s the kind of common malapropism everyone makes from time to time. But as far as the circulators are concerned, for The Donald it’s proof positive that the “stable genius” really is “that dumb.”
Petty, petty, petty.
Now I know there are more pressing leftist outrages to get upset about. But really, we’ve put up with this sort of nonsense for a long time, and as we approach the 2020 election it’s only going to get worse.
Mediaite recently reported that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson called Trump a “salesman,” a “compulsive self-promoter,” and a “full-blown BS artist.” The headline on the piece proclaimed, “Tucker Carlson Says Media is Right About Trump Lying.”
If you didn’t read too deeply down into the article you could get the impression that Carlson — who has been one of The Donald’s staunchest supporters — has finally seen Trump for the charlatan he is and turned against him.
Actually, Carlson was merely acknowledging what everybody already knows: that Donald Trump is a self-promoter. The point being made is that, for all this media huffing and puffing about Trump’s inaccuracies, wild claims, and exaggerations, what really gets their goat is his tendency to say things they don’t want to hear.
“When have the CNN anchors been the angriest?” Carlson asks. “Was it when Trump told some whopper, or exaggerated his own accomplishments? Nope. They’re used to that kind of lying. Everyone who spends time around politicians is. What infuriates official Washington is not when Trump lies, but when he tells the truth. Truth is the real threat to their power.”
Anti-Trumpers frequently point to The Donald’s strong support among conservative Christians. This they see as a great irony — or worse, a sign of unyielding hypocrisy among people of faith.
Aren’t Trump’s serial marriages, his crudeness, his history of sexual escapades well known? How can sincere Christians close their eyes to such blatant immorality? (As if sexual immorality was particularly offensive to the secular Left — now there’s irony for you.)
Last spring, Psychology Today ran an essay that postulated…
“a significant portion of [Trump’s] supporters literally believe the president was an answer to their prayers. He is regarded as something of a messiah, sent by God to protect a Christian nation.”
Gimme a break. Nobody believes Donald Trump is any kind of messiah. Naturally, the second part of that sentence — the part about being sent by God — is too great a leap for the secular mind to make.
The author of the PT piece, one Bobby Azarian, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with George Mason University, admitted as much…
“As someone who is not particularly religious, it did not occur to me that anyone might actually believe that a politician would be sent by an all-powerful supernatural deity to change the course of human history unless it was in a highly abstract or purely metaphorical sense. It is simply not built into my hardwiring to see someone that way.”
Azarian is convinced that religious conservatives, particularly Evangelicals, consider The Donald a savior. He’s stumped by what he sees as the “fact” that…
“Trump’s behavior and positions are far more un-Christ-like than those of the average politician on either side of the aisle. The many infidelities, the lack of compassion for the less fortunate, the lewd comments, the blatant lying — the list of ‘ungodly’ acts is a long one. But because they believe he was an answer to their prayers, they are willing to excuse every bit of it.”
Aside from the “messiah” and “savior” nonsense, Azarian is actually orbiting a certain truth about the expectations religious people have for The Donald (though Azarian’s secular outlook and all of the presumptions about Trump’s ungodly acts would make it difficult for him to land squarely on that truth).
The reality is that people of faith see the country going to hell in the proverbial hand basket, and they want someone to stop it. Until Donald Trump appeared on the scene, with all his personal idiosyncrasies and moral contradictions, no one seemed able, or willing, to stand up against those individuals, factions, and interests abetting our decline.
Trump, with his super-abundant ego and tirelessly tweeting thumbs, has shown himself eager to fight. And while Christians may not approve of his moral lapses, they’re willing to cut him a lot of slack as long as he gets the job done.
They’re also tired of the insults, falsehoods, and misrepresentations of The Donald (not to mention of those who support him). Which is why the impeachment gambit is falling flat.
Everybody knows the Russian thing, and the Ukrainian thing, and the separating-children-from-their-parents-at-the-border thing, and the Trump’s-a-racist thing, and by the way, there’s that Trump’s-a-secret-friend-of-Jeffrey-Epstein thing, and every other thing that’s been hurled at him amount to a crock of crap.
It’s become all too clear what’s going on: a relentless effort to undo the results of the 2016 election. And people get the implications of that.
Andrew C. McCarthy, senior fellow at National Review Institute, sums it up well in his new book, Ball of Collusion…
“From my vantage point as an American, the constitutional issue is paramount: The American people elected Donald Trump, and it is horrifying to consider the possibility that a cabal of unelected civil servants [in the intelligence community] supported by the mainstream media might nullify a presidential election.”
Writing on American Thinker, conservative blogger William L. Gensert explores the inevitable consequences of such a nullification…
“It’s not just their hatred for Trump and the three-year attempted coup they have participated in. It’s the premise that there need not be any wrongdoing committed by the president for the House to commence impeachment proceedings, in addition to the majority party having written procedural rules so prejudicial that they negate core protections guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.
“Using impeachment as a campaign tool jeopardizes the constitution upon which this nation was founded. From this point forward, any time in the future where one party holds the House of Representatives and the other holds the presidency, impeachment is guaranteed.”
You don’t have to be conservative — religious or otherwise — to understand what that means. As I observed on this blog a couple of posts back…
“What a strange situation we’re in. It may be that Donald Trump, that oddly gifted and deeply flawed man, is the last defender of American democracy….”
Well, he’s not going to play that role without resistance. That’s clear enough by now.
The election’s coming. So expect an ongoing barrage of media stupidity and distortion that could make a funhouse mirror look like high definition.
Wouldn’t it be nice if anti-Trumpers argued real issues or criticized The Donald’s real flaws and failings? He has them, to be sure.
Ah, well… Don’t hold your breath.
It’s gonna be a long election year.
Here’s a graphic that illustrates the dread fear that keeps anti-Trumpers up at night…
…fear which is captured in this rather wordy meme describing their true feelings about Trump supporters…
This classy couple puts it all much more succinctly…
But, hey, it’s their own fault for backing this impeachment idiocy…
Of course, one must admit that some Trump supporters get a little carried away…
Asia Times commentator David P. Goldman, reviews Andrew McCarthy’s new book. Ball of Collusion, which details the war on Trump being carried on by elements of our intelligence establishment (with media assistance)…
…while William L. Gensert offers a chilling projection of how weaponizing the impeachment process imperils our constitutional system…
Meanwhile, Kylee Zempel, assistant editor at The Federalist, tries to explain why conservative Christians have supported The Donald, despite his many frailties…
“We didn’t elect Trump to lure millennials and Gen Zers to Christianity. We didn’t elect him for his doctrine or because we thought he would be the most tolerant or the most bipartisan.
“We elected him because we wanted the option to send our kids to religious schools that uphold the values we believe, because we wanted to see our grandchildren compete in fair athletic competitions, because we didn’t want to see small businesses exploited and Twitter-destroyed by transgender religious bigots.”