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December 14, 2015

ANNOY THE MEDIA, VOTE TRUMP:

NORMAN LEAR: Trump ‘Scares the Hell Out of Me’…
CBS’s Bouie: Trump Supporters Symbolize ‘Racial Resentment and Anti-Black Attitudes’ Toward Obama.
CNN’s Zakaria Hits Trump, Compares Himself to German Jews Slamming Hitler.
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Compares Trump and George Wallace Voters.
Washington Post: GOP Must Denounce Donald Trump’s Campaign of ‘Hatred, Bigotry and Rage.’
WashPost Hypes ‘Illuminating’ George Takei Lecturing Trump on ‘Paranoia.’
Buzzfeed Effectively Bans Pro-Donald Trump Opinions from Site.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Time: ‘Trump Is ISIS’s Greatest Triumph.’

As Mollie Hemingway wrote last week in pox-on-all-their-houses piece “When It Comes To Donald Trump, I Hate Everyone,” “Yes, Trump is crazy and awful. Granted. But screaming about it constantly makes you seem crazy, too:”

Meghan Keane Graham once wrote an essay about how a crazy man on the subway picked a fight with her. After a few stops, she realized that nobody on the subway car had witnessed the original altercation and that meant that nobody on the subway knew that he was crazy and she was not. It was even odds, at that point, which one was crazy. Maybe both were. That’s what you people remind me of all the time.

A few months ago, some people who hate Trump completely lost it over his claim that he would not do the CNBC debate unless they agreed to shorten it. People I otherwise respect were going off about how this demand of Trump’s showed his disdain for the electoral process. No, it didn’t. It was actually quite smart of him. And if you complain about stuff that doesn’t matter, we get Chicken Little scenarios that do not work in your favor.

Also, if you hate Trump, which makes a lot of sense if you’re a rational person, could you reserve some anger for those figures and forces that brought us to this place? An old blog post by Megan McArdle has stuck with me over the last five years. It’s basically about how no matter what you thought about Obamacare’s passage, the manner in which it passed was cause for concern. She wrote:

Are we now in a world where there is absolutely no recourse to the tyranny of the majority? Republicans and other opponents of the bill did their job on this; they persuaded the country that they didn’t want this bill. And that mattered basically not at all. If you don’t find that terrifying, let me suggest that you are a Democrat who has not yet contemplated what Republicans might do under similar circumstances.

The media, powerful corporate lobbyists, and the Democratic Party wanted something over the will of the voters. Perhaps Obamacare was the most dramatic legislative example, but time and again elite institutions extend their giant middle fingers to people, running roughshod over them. The size and scope of government grows through an administrative state that is evermore confusing and complex. We tell people they can keep their doctors, when they can’t. Courts gratuitously rule against the people. At some point you can’t be surprised when people are just fed up with playing the game according to rules always working against them.

If you hate Trump, that’s fine. But have the decency to hate other deserving people, too.

Ahh, but they do — in 1992, the George H.W. Bush campaign produced an (alas, quixotic) bumper sticker that read “ANNOY THE MEDIA, VOTE BUSH.” But the current MSM freak-out at Trump only strengthens the resolve of his supporters, who have seen old media lose their marbles over the last forty years at such diverse Republicans as Gerald Ford, Reagan, both Bushes, Newt Gingrich, and most recently, milquetoast Mitt Romney. The efforts at dropping an A-bomb on every Republican, no matter his ideology by the DNC-MSM only heightens the crying wolf aspects of their current Trumpstorm.