Democrats Hate Trump More Than They Love America
Last Tuesday's State of the Union response may have been a tipping point for the American Left.
“Church … family … police … military … the national anthem … Trump trying to call on all the tropes of 1950s-era nationalism. The goal of this speech appears to be to force the normalization of Trump on the terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for. #SOTU—MSNBC host Joy Reid’s reaction to the State of the Union
Last Tuesday may have been a tipping point for the American Left. Reid’s reaction to Trump’s address, along with a number of equally contemptible reactions by other members of the Democrat/Media Complex, have exposed American leftists for who they really are: people would rather hate Trump — and his supporters — than love America.
How could Reid be so contemptuous of Americans who go to church, believe in strong families and support the police, the military and the national anthem? Because the groundwork for that sentiment was laid almost a decade ago. "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” said then-candidate for president Barack Obama in 2008.
And in case Obama didn’t make it clear enough, Hillary Clinton doubled down. “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” she stated in 2016. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.”
How out of touch are Democrats and their media allies? According to a CBS/YouGov poll, 75% of Americans overall approved of Trump’s SOTU, including 97% of Republicans, 72% of Independents, and 43% of Democrats. Moreover, they did so following six months where media coverage of Trump was unrelentingly hostile: more than 90% of the reports by ABC, NBC and CBS about the Trump administration were negative.
And the hysteria hasn’t stopped. The ACLU actually criticized Trump for using the word America “more than 80 times in his speech” because he really meant to use it in an “exclusionary” manner. CNN’s Sally Kohn characterized Trump’s speech as “scary” and “terrifying.” The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank called it “uniquely depressing,” and fellow Wapo columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. insisted it was a “flabby divisive speech.” Rep. Louis Guitierrez sneered that whoever translated Trump’s speech from Russian “did a really good job,” and Nancy Pelosi insisted Trump “stooped to a new low.”
If Pelosi is looking for a new low, she should cast her gaze toward Hollywood. “The President is a lying, incompetent, racist, misogynist sack of s—t,” fumed comedian Billy Eichner. “Donald Trump calling for … bipartisanship is about as believable as Mike Pence calling for bisexuality,” stated Jimmy Kimmel. “I’m not watching some frothing orange gorilla read off a teleprompter,” whined George Takei. “I was told darkness could not exist in the light. But here it is, for everyone to not see,” tweeted Sarah Silverman.
Columnist Wayne Allyn Root illuminates what the speech ultimately reveals about the American Left. “Democrats were outed as the party that is rooting for America’s failure,” he explains. “Rooting against a booming economy. Rooting for misery, instead of prosperity. Rooting against job creation. Rooting against a booming stock market. Rooting against employee bonuses. Angry about the lowest black unemployment ever. Angry about the lowest Hispanic unemployment ever. Angry at the lowest female unemployment in 18 years. They openly frowned, grimaced, groaned and looked sick to their stomachs when President Trump celebrated the American flag … the national anthem … American freedom … and American opportunity. Bizarre. Self-destructive behavior.”
There is nothing bizarre about it. Democrats have one agenda: winning — by any means necessary. Thus, when columnist Howard Husock wonders how the same Democrats now opposing Trump’s immigration overtures once championed the same positions, he misses the point, like many conservatives covering a host of issues where Democrats have “evolved.”
Issues and principles are irrelevant, and Democrats don’t care if their flip-flopping constitutes rank hypocrisy or a blatant lack of intellectual honesty or consistency. All that matters is acquiring and maintaining power — even if the country suffers irreparable harm in the process.
Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman affirms that worldview, writing, “There is absolutely nothing the Democrats could do that would be dumber than setting aside their criticisms of Trump to focus solely on some ‘affirmative’ agenda.”
Columnist David Horowitz explains what that really means. “The Democrats are running on hate — and it is pretty much all they are running on,” he writes. “Their hate has blinded them to the interests of constituencies that used to be theirs; it has blinded them to the interests of the country at large, particularly as pertain to security and jobs; and it has narrowed their base of support to maybe 30% of the electorate, ensuring that come November they will have nowhere to go.”
Is Horowitz right? The latest generic polling data is trending in the GOP’s direction, and those polls were taken before Trump’s speech. Trump’s own approval rating has hit 49%, a number higher than it was when he beat Clinton in the 2016 election. Wages have risen at the fastest annual pace since the recession ended, and the unemployment rate matches the lowest level seen since 2000.
Yet perhaps most telling, year-end filings reveal the DNC is virtually broke, with $6.5 million in funding and more $6 million in debt, while the RNC enters 2018 with $40 million in funding, and no debt.
Republicans also enter 2018 with something they haven’t had in close to forever: effective messaging. That “Make America Great Again” infuriates Democrats is telling. That CNN host Jake Tapper declared Trump’s assertion “Americans are dreamers too” would “offend” Democrats is damning. That Lorella Praeli, ACLU director of Immigration Policy and Campaigns, felt compelled to assert that illegal alien dreamers are Americans, and that Trump’s speech “attempted to justify a White House immigration proposal that would exchange urgently needed protections for Dreamers for a host of nativist policy goals,” borders on insanity.
Thus, there is nowhere to go but up, right? Wrong! “Trump is the great disrupter who has overthrown the established political order like no one in modern history, and many opponents have lost their bearings in resisting his presidency,” writes columnist Michael Goodwin in reference to the hysteria evinced by the Democrat/Media Complex over the release of the Nunes memo.
Lost their bearings? Willingly abandoned them is more like it. Details aside, the Nunes memo reveals one over-arching reality: The American Left is more than willing to abide a clandestine, Constitution-crushing assault on Fourth Amendment rights, engendered by the weaponization of government agencies — as long as Democrats have their collective fingers on the trigger.
“If the Democrats ever want to be a national political force again,” writes columnist Michael Walsh, “the party will need to stage a counter-revolution, toss out the Sixties Marxist hippies whose dying hands are still on the tiller, and regroup as a party of the sensible center-Left.”
In a nation where Democrats insist Americans are “deplorable” and illegal aliens are “dreamers,” that may be an impossible task.