The level of hate aimed at President Donald Trump in the political sphere is much greater than what any of his predecessors faced. Members of Congress have endorsed public harassment of cabinet members, accused the President of capital crimes, and even suggested a military coup to remove the President from power. People in such prominent positions of power would never have even considered such careless rhetoric in the darkest days of the Bush and Obama presidencies. But we have entered a new era. Trump threatens the established order, and so, he and his followers are forced to feel the wrath.
Despite numerous accomplishments, over 90% of the mainstream news media coverage of Trump is negative. Political hacks and other useful idiots take the negative portrayal to heart, and so, locally, the problem expands. In major population centers in this country, it is publicly acceptable to display fantasy images of violence carried out against the president and his family. In an incredibly under-reported episode, a major US city denied police protection for its own citizens, simply because they support the President’s policies. Meanwhile, the silent majority in support of the President cannot publicly express their support, no manner how discrete, without facing severe harassment, assault, or worse. This month, one woman became so enraged at the sight of a pro-Trump bumper sticker, she intentionally wrecked her car into the offending vehicle. Unfortunately, this appears to be a common occurrence. It is unknown how many of these instances go unreported.
The hysteria defies logic. Trump’s successful economic policies have fostered low unemployment (including an all time low for African Americans and Hispanics) and an impressive 4.1% GDP growth in the last quarter. Trump’s foreign policy has made new peace where few felt it possible. Potential conflicts have been averted. Still, his fervent critics mindlessly declare the president as a racist and a fascist. They demand his impeachment. They say Trump should be opposed in the same manner as the Vietnam War, a conflict in which the country lost over 58,000 people.
All of this hate can likely be traced to the deep state establishment, which Trump has opposed. Through the deep state’s mouthpiece, the mainstream media, the public has received a narrative many are eager to accept, regardless of the ramifications for civil liberties, free speech, and peace. The resulting political realignment reveals, like nothing before, those who can so easily eschew principle for momentary political benefit.
As I have written before, the War in Washington rages as the deep state’s effort to undermine, de-legitimize, and topple an anti-establishment President. With the Mueller probe seemingly going nowhere without the aid of a perjury trap, the front shifts. An information war goes into overdrive. Those continuing to do the bidding of the deep state, whether knowingly or not, do so at their own peril. Though Trump aligns with the political right, an anti-establishment darling of the political left would have likely faced the same attempted political and reputational assassination. Had Senator Bernie Sanders not been cheated out of the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination and was elected President in the general election, he too would likely face phony investigations and character attacks to curb his ability to impede the deep state agenda. Those cheering on the demonization of President Trump today would decry the unfair treatment of a President Sanders.
Those suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome should re-assess their conclusions. Is it rational for you to feel such hatred for this President, who, unlike his predecessors, has not started new wars or restricted rights? Why are you so comfortable aligning yourself with the same neoconservatives and intelligence community you strongly opposed during the Bush years? And how would you feel if the shoe were on the other foot?