Montage: Liberals Call for Dialed Down Rhetoric, Then Brand Trump Evil, Nazi, Worse Than ISIS
In the wake of the attempting bombing of various Democrats, liberal commentators have rightly called for the dialing down of divisive rhetoric. However, they have refused to lead by example, instead repeatedly demonizing President Donald Trump in the most radical terms.
Grabien put together a montage of the worst comments uttered by liberal commentators in recent days.
Among the highlights:
"The biggest terror threat in this country is white men ... radicalized to the right," said CNN's Don Lemon.
"The same type of propaganda that you would have seen in Germany in 1938 [under Adolf Hitler], the dehumanization, turning people into infested vermin," said former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt.
"Evil, nasty authoritarianism," decried Howard Dean.
Steve Schmidt again: Trump's "erratic behavior, his ignorance, could pose a profound danger to every single person in this country and literally every inhabitant of the planet earth."
Yet more Schmidt: "This whole caravan in the last week of the election is a giant lie. This is Trump's Reichstag fire," a reference to Hitler's disgusting tactic of blaming the Jews for setting the German parliament on fire when Nazis did it.
"We're going to see if his reign lasts for 30 days or two years, or a thousand-year reich," said legal analyst Elie Mystal, referencing Hitler's propaganda that his would be a "thousand-year reich."
"It's not even a question of whether it's presidential behavior or not, it's not minimally human behavior," said MSNBC analyst John Heilemann.
If President Trump is held responsible for the attempted bombing (which he immediately condemned), then who is responsible for the 2017 congressional baseball game shooting, when a Bernie Sanders supporter targeted Republicans? Republicans did not blame Sanders for that attack, but it seems many on the Left lack their good sense.
At the same time, liberal commentators are stoking the very anger they decry — just directed at Trump. Lest Americans forget, a Bernie Sanders supporter tried to assassinate Republicans at a congressional baseball game practice last year, and he nearly succeeded in killing Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.). Political violence is by no means limited to the Right.
Shane Mekeland, a Republican candidate for Minnesota's state House, blamed Democrats for inspiring the incivility that led a man to punch him out of nowhere, leaving him with a concussion and the inability to campaign outside without getting a headache.
"They're constantly driving this narrative of 'It's okay to be violent,'" Mekeland said. How do they drive this narrative? Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on activists to harass members of the Trump administration in public places like gas stations and restaurants. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) encouraged activists to "get up in the face" of Republican candidates and office-holders. Hillary Clinton said Democrats "cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for." Eric Holder declared, "When they go low, we kick them."
Demonization from these liberal commentators helps enflame Democrats, who seem to justify physical violence, and then one or two unstable individuals act out. Both sides need to watch their rhetoric, and liberals are not immune from polarization, blind anger, and calls to violence. They may think they're better than conservatives, but all humanity is fallen and tempted toward hatred.
Trump is far from perfect, but he's no evil Hitler. He is not less than human. He is not "a profound danger to every single person in this country." When liberals engage in this kind of inciting rhetoric, they are no better than Trump himself when he encourages supporters to beat up protesters at his rallies.
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