In one of his most repugnant displays of arrogant ignorance since turning into a card-carrying member of the Resistance, former Republican pundit Joe Scarborough wrote an absolutely astonishing article in the Washington Post this week for the commemoration of 9/11. Scarborough, who hosts MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” thought that the best way to remember the tragic events of that day would be to…you guessed it, write a column blasting President Donald Trump. Because for these Washington elitists, frankly, that’s the answer to everything.
“For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image,” Scarborough wrote. “As the New York Times’s Roger Cohen wrote the month after Trump’s election, ‘America is an idea. Strip freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law from what the United States represents to the world and America itself is gutted.’”
Even if we grant Scarborough the truth of that quote, how do we then make the leap to Trump?
Is Trump stripping our freedoms away? Seems to us that our constitutional freedoms are in FAR better hands these days than they were under the Obama regime.
What has Trump done to take away Americans’ human rights? Is this some kind of sly nod to his Supreme Court picks? Probably. The left – apparently including Scarborough – can think of no greater American tragedy than the dissolution of Roe v. Wade.
Is Trump destroying democracy? We’d say those leftists who want to open the doors to millions of illegal immigrants and put them on the path to citizenship are more guilty of that than the current administration.
And don’t even start with the rule of law, which is only NOW being enforced after years of Obama/Holder/Lynch neglect.
But Scarborough doesn’t have to do any of this heavy lifting because most readers of the Washington Post have been brainwashed into believing all of this stuff already. They live in an alternative, “Handmaid’s Tale” universe where the election of Donald Trump was the final period in the United States of America that used to be. We’ve now moved into the 21st century equivalent of Nazi Germany, lorded over by a fascist dictator who would, if not constrained by the few democratic institutions still operating, round up everyone who isn’t a while male and throw them in a detention camp.
And when you already live in that kind of dystopian nightmare, untethered from anything resembling reality, it’s easy to believe it when someone argues that Trump is worse than 9/11. Especially if you’re the kind of leftist who believes that, because it was carried out by poor, oppressed brown Muslims, 9/11 wasn’t all that bad to begin with.