by Jack Kelly
November 16, 2016
Remember the redneck riots after the election in 2012? Me neither. Democrats and the “mainstream” media warn us constantly about the threat of violence from the Right. But nearly all violence that actually materializes is from the Left.
Colleges cancelled exams for students “traumatized” by the election. The University of Michigan planned to help them “cope” by providing coloring books, play doh and bubbles. Administrators at Cornell provided blankets and hot chocolate to special snowflakes holding a “cry-in.”
CBS News highlighted comments on social media that 11/9, the day it became clear Donald Trump will be the next president, is “the new 9/11.” Prominent celebrities, pundits and politicians liken Mr. Trump to Hitler. Death threats abound on social media.
Democrats and “mainstream” journalists (I repeat myself) have settled on their narrative for this election. It has yet to dawn on the latter that they lost worse than the former on November 8.
“This was a whitelash,” said Van Jones, a former aide to President Barack Obama, on CNN. Mr. Trump’s election is a triumph “of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism,” wrote David Remnick in the New Yorker.
The narrative bears little relation to the facts.
Hillary Clinton lost 403 mostly rural counties President Obama won in either 2008 and 2012. Because most are in Rust Belt states Donald Trump won narrowly, they were decisive.
“Journalists love mocking Trump supporters, wrote Will Rahn of CBS News. “We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists… We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession.”
There’s more uncertainty about what a Trump administration portends than for any other president-elect in history. The over the top defamation of The Donald and his supporters makes many who didn’t vote for him (I wrote in Abraham Lincoln) glad he won.
“Progressive” hysteria makes it easier for Mr. Trump to succeed because it sets the bar for success so low.
“By making Trump out to be such a vile, erratic, destructive loon,” the news media guarantee “that unless he reenacts the Slaughter of the Innocents he will outperform expectations,” wrote columnist Liz Peek.
Working class whites – long the backbone of the Democrat Party – voted this time for a nominal Republican. Calling them names isn’t the best way to bring them back into the fold.
“That’s the fantasy, the idea that if we mock them enough, call them racist enough, they’ll eventually shut up and get in line,” Mr. Rahn said.
Democrats will spend less time in the political wilderness if they figure out why blue collar whites defected. Here’s a clue:
“Trump was stronger where the economy is weaker.”
Hillary’s lifetime ambition has been crushed. Most of Barack Obama’s legacy will be erased in the first few weeks of the Trump administration. But they weren’t the biggest losers.
“The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak,” Will Rahn wrote. “We were all tacitly or explicitly #WithHer…We also missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on. This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness.”
The unbearably smug switch narratives with dizzying speed. Dormant for eight years, an “imperial presidency” is again a grave concern. Dissent is once again “the highest form of patriotism.” Filibusters no longer are “obstruction.”
But their credibility is shot. Their level of trust is at an all-time low.
And worse, not only are mass media journalists no longer trusted, they’re being laughed at. From last night (11/15):
Watching the faces of television news anchors “collapse like the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark when President-elect Donald Trump crossed 270 was one of the great moments of my life,” said conservative columnist Kurt Schlichter.
“Trump knew what he was doing when he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him,” Rahn said. “They hate us, and have for some time.” With very good reason.
— Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. He is national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This article originally appeared at To The Point News.