According to The New York Times, Donald Trump held “one of the most protest-riddled campaign rallies” in Raleigh, NC on December 4. Considering that only “two dozen people” were removed by security (contrasted with the 7,000 supporters in attendance) that wouldn’t seem too noteworthy. But the liberal media loves the protest narrative, especially when they get to make Trump supporters look violent and racist in the process.
“If I wasn’t afraid of getting in trouble, I would have pulled their hair or I would have punched them,” one woman told the NYT after she tore signs away from two female protesters.
Another protester, according to the Times, “was forcefully shoved into a metal barrier by a Trump supporter.”
For months, the media has attempted to sell Trump rallies as raucous events filled with angry, racist whites who would otherwise be at a cross-burning. Compare this to the way they cover Black Lives Matter, where journalists bend over backwards to portray protests as peaceful events with only a select few hooligans making the rest of the group look bad. Trump supporters don’t get this benefit of the doubt; if there is one neo-Nazi among 7,000, the rest are neo-Nazis as well.
That aside, the outsized coverage of Trump protesters gives the impression that people are legitimately outraged by his campaign. While there are probably protesters who go to these events on their own convictions, history has shown that this isn’t always the case. In October, several Twitter users admitted that protesters at Trump’s Miami resort were given cash, free bus rides, and complimentary lunches by Hispanic activist groups. In November, DeportRacism.com offered a $5,000 bounty to anyone who interrupted Trump’s Saturday Night Live broadcast. These stories alone are enough to cast doubt on the ideological sincerity of these protesters.
When it comes to Trump, the media can’t even pretend to be objective. They despise this candidate even as they revel in the ratings he brings. His success is the ultimate rebuke of their coverage; the more they try to paint him as the next coming of Adolf Hitler, the more his poll numbers swell. He has made fools of their political experts – every one of their “downfall” predictions has gone unfulfilled.
Now, irritated and desperate, the media has switched the narrative. Instead of asking, “What the hell is wrong with Donald Trump?” they’ve moved on to, “What the hell is wrong with Donald Trump’s supporters?”
The answer may come down to nothing more complicated than: they don’t read the New York Times.