ABC News’s “This Week” was filled with dreadful, over-the-top proclamations about the state of the nation in the post-Trump era. Included among the bad takes were comparisons to post-war Germany, when the country was trying to move beyond the Age of the Nazis. This shouldn’t come as much surprise – the left has been deeming Trump and his supporters Nazis for five years – but it’s certainly out of step with the supposed “unity” that President Joe Biden claims to be looking for.
Matthew Dowd (who still claims, for some reason, to be a Republican) kicked things off, telling host George Stephanopoulos and the panel that Biden is looking at sharp historical parallels as he attempts to lead the nation out of the Trump era.
“I mean, other countries have gone through this before, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the thing before you get to reconciliation and healing, you have some element of truth and accountability in this,” he said. “And even besides those foreign country examples, we have an example in our country during reconstruction in the aftermath of the Civil War when we went through — we were supposed to go through a process of truth and accountability and changing the nature of what went on. And when Abraham Lincoln was killed and Andrew Johnson took over, reconciling – the idea of forming a thing and demanding truth was stopped.”
Right. Getting over Trump is just like moving past Nazis, apartheid, and the CIVIL WAR. Do these people even listen to themselves when they speak? Or are they so desperate to show how controversial and extreme they are that they lose sight of basic common sense?
In any case, Dowd went on to explain that Johnson’s approach was no good. We can’t just forgive and forget.
“It resulted in this country of Jim Crow laws, it resulted in this country of the KKK, and it resulted in this country of 100 years more of a fight for justice and truth and equality in our country,” he lamented. “We have to have an insight into the truth before we get to reconciliation and healing.”
As part of the discussion, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thought it might be appropriate to mention that President Biden isn’t exactly tripping over himself to condemn political violence from the left.
“The violence that’s happening in other parts of the country are wrong too, George. And the President needs to speak out about both. You can’t just continue to talk about what happened on Capitol Hill, which deserves to be spoken about and all the facts need to come out and those that are responsible need to be held responsible criminally and politically. But so does the violence that’s happening in other parts of the country as well, George. We cannot allow that to be two different standards,” Christie said.
But of course, no one on the left – and certainly no one else on ABC News – will recognize that obvious truth. If political violence is wrong, it’s always wrong.
But it’s beyond clear that the left doesn’t see it that way.