Liddick: Media outrage machine short-circuits on Trump (column)
August 21, 2017
Remember a couple Tuesdays ago when President Trump was going to destroy the world with his crazy schoolyard taunts and his idiotic disregard for the advice of the brilliant guys whose history of dealing with North Korea's spoiled-brat leaders over the past 30 years or so was one of uninterrupted failure? Remember how we were told all day, every day, that his approach would end the entire world at Armageddon, whether the president could spell "Armageddon" or not? Where has that unspeakable danger gone?
All that anguish, that despair, that Edvard Munch-level screaming evaporated like morning dew in the Arabian desert. Because Trump the unschooled; Trump the idiot; Trump the buffoon; Trump the dangerous loudmouth accomplished something the Washington yammering classes could not, in decades of trying. With language so shocking it gave Washington cognoscenti the vapors, he created certainty in China that for once they would have to act responsibly about their dangerous pet North Korea. So Pyongyang's sociopathic little panda in Armani has to behave himself for awhile without gangs of Westerners falling over each other while rushing to give him cash.
This is a win for us, and for all who would rather not have a world rife with nuclear blackmail. It may not last, but it is a win. So where's the attaboys? The cheers? The mildly bemused chatterers rubbing their pates and muttering "Well, I'll be…. He was right after all?"
Where too, one wonders, are the bilious attacks over Trump's "collusion" with Russia to win the presidency? This was the smear for months; now it has mysteriously faded, as if people finally overcame their unhinged rage long enough to ask themselves how plausible it was that Trump needed Russia's help to defeat a candidate whose own party accepted her only through chicanery and betrayal? And for which there has not, after more than a year of investigations, been produced one scintilla of concrete proof.
Perhaps those cleaving to the hope of Trump's guilt are disquieted by conversations between Dana Rohrabacher and Wikileaks' Julian Assange, in which the latter intimated he had proof that Russia was not involved in the exposure of the Democratic National Committee's contempt for the average American, and for Bernie Sanders' supporters in particular. Assange's statement parallels findings published recently by "The Nation," no right-wing rag, that an insider, not the Russians, embarrassed the Democrats. So it seems this line of attack has lost its usefulness.
Consequently there has been a sudden shift to the obsessive chant of "Trump's a racist!" It's as looney as the other charges, as desperate and as absent proof. Consider: The conclusive "evidence" given for the president's racism is that he failed to condemn the KKK and neo-Nazis by name in his remarks immediately following Charlottesville's riot. This is an argument akin to insisting that his failure to name "Antifa" and similar elements — who did their fair share of clubbing and mayhem at Charlottesville — means he's a closet anarchist.
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There was more outrage at his Aug. 15 press conference when he asked reporters what the limiting principle was in removing statues linked to slavery. "I wonder — is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?" he queried, and the media melted down in self-righteous indignation. Nobody noticed when Rev. Al Sharpton later called for Washington D.C.'s Jefferson Memorial to be defunded — and hopefully, closed. Drawing attention to Sharpton's remark might have made the president seem prescient — and we couldn't have that.
What we have instead is more irrational twaddle, voiced by those unhinged by President Trump's perseverance and utterly opposed to any successes. For those toying with equivalence, sorry: Most critics of the former president focused on what he did or what he said — not on invented meanings for what they wished he said. Most stuck fairly close to fact, whereas at this point if Donald Trump were to praise Pope Francis, headlines would read "President Embraces Authoritarian Leader of Foreign Cult."
It's time to ask why the opposition to Trump seems committed beyond reason. Yes, he threatens the political class, which he has shown to be unimaginative, indolent, arrogant and resentful. He has challenged the media, who he has shown to be — with few exceptions — craven, biased and without ethics. But why are these challenges and exposures bad for America?
Society seems to have developed an allergy to fact. And that is a larger problem than President Trump.
Morgan Liddick writes a weekly column for the Summit Daily.
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