To say that the main stream media loathes Donald Trump would be an exercise in extreme understatement. They thoroughly hate and despise him. They hold him as a subhuman trash pit beneath even mockery. They hate him even more for making them need him so much, and they hate him most for winning and forcing them to endure four years of constant Trump.
As Erick wrote, many in the left wing media would not be ashamed, in private conversation, to admit they would love to see Trump be done away with. But failing that, the press is happy to do whatever they can to belittle and oppose our new president-elect.
In 2015, CBS hired Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie as a political analyst. Bouie bought the line on Trump as a racist, misogynist, white nationalist proffered by Democrats, hook, line and sinker. He even helped to cast that line again and again.
Remarkably, Bouie never bought the “Clinton’s a shoe-in” argument. In mid-September, he asked if it’s “time to freak out” because Trump took the lead in Ohio. So the prospect of a President Trump was always in his mind. And now we know what he thinks of that.
There’s No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter
People voted for a racist who promised racist outcomes. They don’t deserve your empathy.
Wow. So between 47 and 50 percent of Americans who voted are the worst people on earth, undeserving of basic human kindness, mercy, or civility.
On Twitter, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post gave his version of this argument. “The assumption that ‘Trump voter = racist’ is deeply corrosive to democracy. Also wrong,” he said, adding that there “is nothing more maddening—and counterproductive—to me than saying that Trump’s 59 million votes were all racist. Ridiculous.”
Meanwhile, more than 300 incidents of harassment or intimidation have been reported in the aftermath of Trump’s election, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. NBC News confirmed several, including incidents where vandals spray-painted slurs (“Heil Trump”) and swastikas on churches serving Hispanic or LGBT communities. At San Diego State University, a hijab-wearing Muslim student says she was confronted and robbed by two men who made comments about Trump, and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a Muslim student says a man approached her and threatened to set her on fireunless she removed her hijab. At the University of Pennsylvania, black members of the freshman class were added to a racist social media group, where students were threatened with lynchings.
Bouie wisely omitted a contemporaneous report from a woman in Lafayette, Louisiana who claimed she was assaulted and robbed by two men, one of whom she described as wearing a white “Trump” hat. It was a fake report. In fact, it seems many of these claims have very similar plots. White men approach a black/Muslim/LGBT person randomly, declare they are Trump supporters, and assault that person for no other reason than they are who they are.
It’s far more likely that the person making the claim is incensed by even the presence of someone wearing Trump paraphernalia, and in fact feels assaulted because those people merely exist and have the courage to walk in public. I’m not saying that real assaults don’t happen. But so do fake ones. Until the police sort it out, who are we to jump to conclusions?
But the press has already made its conclusion.
Surely, there are racists and white nationalists who support Trump. Peggy Noonan compared Trump to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, of whom someone once said “that he’s like the Staten Island Ferry, pulling all the garbage in his wake. FDR’s Democratic coalition did contain some garbage, from KKK-supporting Southern Democrats to New York communists.” I don’t suppose Bouie would compare Trump to FDR. (I did, however.)
Here’s how the press has decided to cover Donald Trump as president for the next four years. If Trump gets up in the morning, it’s an affront to decency. If Trump holds a press conference, it is an opportunity to trap him with leading and loaded questions. If Trump goes out to dinner, it’s a “snub.” Quoting an NBC News headline.
As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Admin Already Showing Lack of Transparency
This isn’t news. The media has no God-given right to be paparazzi and follow Trump to dinner with his family, or to the bathroom, or to whatever private things he wants to do. The presidency is lived in a bubble, but the press will not be satisfied to honor any boundaries with Trump.
As much as Trump used the National Enquirer to belittle and irresponsibly implicate his opponents (especially the disgusting attack on Ted Cruz and his father), now the main stream media feels justified in turning all press into a tabloid with the express purpose of bringing down Donald Trump.
They hate him, nakedly, blindingly, and completely, to the point of advocating violence. Trump’s brand of hate is only a tasteless, mild concoction of crass self-promotion and cult-like attraction. But for Trump, the media serves only the best, the finest hate.