Trump Election: Myths vs Realities by James Rickards
Before a clear-eyed analysis of Trump can be pursued, it’s necessary to sweep away a lot of the election nonsense that was portrayed.
Campaigning is tough and candidates of both parties always stretch the truth and throw mud at their opposition. It’s not news that most journalists have a strong liberal bias. That has been true for decades.
But, there’s a difference between bias and venom. This time really was different. In this election, journalists abandoned any pretense of ethical behavior and went all-in for Clinton.
The Washington Post told its younger reporters to work day and night to destroy Trump by any means possible. The New York Times went further. They asked their reporters to imagine they lived in Germany in December 1932 one month before elections that handed the government to the National Socialist Workers Party, the Nazis, and made Adolph Hitler Chancellor of Germany.
What would they tell their children and grandchildren they as reporters did to stop the rise of Hitler? In the editor’s eyes, Trump was a new Hitler, and reporters were duty-bound to stop him by any means fair or foul.
Harvard economist Larry Summers openly compared Trump to Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The television networks, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN were no better. Leaked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta showed reporters from CNBC and Politico submitting their articles to Podesta in advance for approval in order not to offend the Clintons.
You get the point. This was not biased reporting, this was a concerted effort to destroy one man – Donald Trump. Nevertheless, Trump won the election.
Why dwell on the past? Why not just move on? The reason is that the after-effects of this media mission to destroy Trump have lingered in the minds of many Americans and people around the world.
For millions of engaged voters, what happened in the election is not just the normal disappointment that goes with any electoral defeat. There’s a sense of cognitive dissonance, and of complete denial and incredulity.