Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Oh Those Wacky NRx and Their Cathedral

Undistilled red pill: The media vs. Donald Trump: why the press feels so free to criticize the Republican nominee
A quick story. Back during the primaries, I published a piece — and recorded a video — calling Donald Trump’s rise a terrifying moment in American politics. The analysis was unsparing.

"Trump is the most dangerous major candidate for president in memory," I wrote. "He pairs terrible ideas with an alarming temperament; he's a racist, a sexist, and a demagogue, but he's also a narcissist, a bully, and a dilettante. He lies so constantly and so fluently that it's hard to know if he even realizes he's lying."

After the piece published, I got a call from a very conservative Republican member of Congress. He wanted to talk about the article, his office said. I figured he’d be angry. Instead, he congratulated me for speaking out.

That member of Congress, by the way, has now endorsed Trump.

I think this is why the Washington Post, for instance, isn’t panicking over being banned from Trump’s events. If the Post believed the Republican Party had turned on it so sharply that it was now permanently blacklisted from doing even basic reporting on GOP campaigns, it would be an institutional crisis.
The GOP, and many of the conservatives within it, exist as an outlet for right-wing energy. The goal is not to win, it is to exhaust right-wing opposition with futile efforts. Trump is revealing the depth of progressive infiltration on the right. Many on the right believed the GOP was unwittingly pursuing progressive goals (Dems are the real racists), but the truth is, even conservatives are consciously progressive and working against the interest of the right-wing.

There's also some projection at the end. Klein talks about what the press (and SJWs) do all the time: target political enemies for destruction:
Quietly, privately, political reporters wonder if Trump is a threat to them personally — if he were president, would he use the powers of the office to retaliate against them personally if he didn’t like their coverage of his administration? How certain are they that their taxes are really in order? How sure are they that a surveillance state controlled by Trump would tap their phones and watch their emails for leverage?
The Obama administration already did this to reporters Sheryl Atkins and James Rosen. Klein and other progressives have no real problem with Obama targeting reporters, otherwise they would unleash brutal attacks on his administration.

Trump is barely a right-wing figure. His rhetoric is further to the right of nearly all GOP candidates, but he may govern like a "Dems are the real racists" conservative. His proposed policies create the potential for right-wing action. He could end up restricting all immigration or creating an immigration test that effectively bars most non-Europeans from immigrating, for example, but none of his rhetoric points in that direction.

The Cathedral isn't taking any chances though. They believe if Trump wanted to push right, he could gain majority support from the public. If not, he's no real threat because he'd be bottled up by Congress. Therefore, Trump must be destroyed. On this progressives and conservatives agree.

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