In the six weeks leading up to Donald Trump’s Presidential inauguration on January 20, I thought it was a good idea to look back and reflect on the strategies and good fortunes that contributed to the biggest political upset in recent memory.
Over the coming weeks we will have a series chronicling some of the most surprising, or perhaps not so surprising, causes for the nation’s political landscape to be turned upside down.
The Party Who Cried “Racist”
We heard it all throughout the election cycle, pretty much right from the beginning. “Donald Trump is a racist”, “everyone who votes for and supports for Donald Trump is a racist”, “Trump is only supported by uneducated white males who are afraid of people of other races”. Apparently the belief was something like as long as you something enough times, regardless of veracity, you could successfully paint this caricature of someone that everyone would see, instead of actually paying attention to the person himself.
This resulted in Trump and all his supporters enduring over a year of basically having to either live in the closet or be immediately discredited and vilified with no way to defend themselves.
While childish and petulant, this strategy seems to have become a true hallmark of the Democratic Party platform. You can say whatever you want about someone you’re trying to get everyone to dislike, and it doesn’t matter if it’s true. As long as you say it often enough and loudly enough, people will not only believe it, but hop on that wagon and continue repeating it, so the message keeps getting louder and louder.
Democrats have effectively cornered the market on playing all kinds of cards, whether it’s calling people racist, or sexist, or homophobic, or whatever the new phobia-du-jour is this week. And by the way, this behavior was not exclusive to Democrats. Many forget the primaries where former candidate Mitt Romney tried to persuade voters by accusing Trump of “trickle down racism”, whatever that means.
As pretty much the unofficial (official) arm of the Democratic Party, the media was entirely complicit in perpetuating these accusations. ABC, CBS News, NBC, all had a massive clear bias that they did not want you to see this man in a positive light. A once apparently “neutral” media showed its true colors this election season, fabricating stories with the sole purpose of ensuring the viewer had a lower opinion of Trump. 24 hour “news” networks were the worst culprits on television.
There’s never enough material to cover a whole 24 hour news cycle, but that didn’t stop them from inviting select guests on to show why Donald Trump is a racist. Publications such as the Huffington Post and Washington Post, who don’t have to answer to FCC regulations, or apparently slander and libel laws, were far more cavalier with shaming Trump and his following day after day.
In the end, however, the people enjoyed the privacy of their ballot box, where no one could see what they were going to select and berate them into changing their inclination, and millions cast their votes for Trump. The “Silent Majority” was a creation of the Democratic Party, and in the end they were defeated by their own monster.
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