Many months later, Trump is still leading the polls and it seems that no matter what he does or says, or how much he displays his stunning level of ignorance, the cult-like sycophants known as Trumpkins continue to support their celebrity leader with undying loyalty. All common sense has gone out the window. It appears that a large percentage of Republicans are either unable or unwilling to see past their anger and instead of taking the current opportunity to reclaim the Presidency and get to work fixing some of the nation’s ills, they prefer to burn the house down in a childlike temper tantrum on a scale rarely seen in American politics.
I could go on for days about the complete idiocy of Donald Trump but I just don’t have that kind of time. Below are a few paragraphs from an article I read this morning that sums it up nicely. One thing is for sure though, the populist candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders only prove that 2016 is officially the year of the Low Information Voter.
It is not just the wall-to-wall coverage of Trump. It’s the openness with which some are reveling in his attention. It’s the effort, conscious or not, to domesticate and pretty him up, to make him appear less offensive than he really is, and to practice a false objectivity or equivalence in the coverage. Here, journalism across all platforms—corporate, as well as publicly funded—is guilty.
Trump is a chronic liar and dissembler; this has been demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt. He repeatedly makes factual errors, large and small, in his statements. He is also a misogynist, has a cruel streak (including mocking people’s looks and physical disabilities), has condoned physical violence among his supporters and is shockingly ignorant. To ask journalists to pretend otherwise is akin to asking them to have pretended in the 1960s that George Wallace wasn’t a racist or in the 1950s that Joe McCarthy wasn’t a demagogue. Yet when former ABC anchor and National Public Radio’s legendary pioneer Cokie Roberts dared to state the truth, calling Trump “one of the least qualified candidates ever to make a serious run for the presidency,” NPR took pains to distance itself. The vice president for news issued a memo reminding staff that she is just a “commentator,” not a member of NPR’s staff.
It need not be this way. As Trump finally seemed to close in on the nomination this spring, we saw MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and conservative radio host Charlie Sykes really challenge him rather than allow themselves to be props in his act—something Fox News’ Megyn Kelly had been doing for a while, in spite of Trump’s obsessive attacks. The Washington Post editorial board and two New York Times reporters, Maggie Haberman and David Sanger, have used their time with Trump to probe his knowledge of the issues—and expose his ignorance of even basic matters.
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