WASHINGTON. What does Trump/Russia collusion, the rage over the Covington Catholic High School students, and the virtue-signaling inspired by “Empire” star Jussie Smollett’s MAGA hate-crime attack all have in common? They are anti-Donald Trump narratives devoid of truth. What Greek philosopher Socrates called the noble lie, contrived…
“… to persuade, in the best case, even the rulers, but if not them, the rest of the city.”
The Smollett narrative
Jussie Smollett tells us he was the victim of assault on the streets of Chicago. That MAGA hat-wearing thugs hurled racial and homophobic slurs his way and doused him in bleach. They also placed a noose around his neck, saying, “This is MAGA country.”
Smollett’s weepy tale certainly fits the dominant cultural narrative established by the Democrat/Media/Entertainment complex. It states that Americans (read “deplorables”) who elevated Trump to the presidency are racist, homophobic, and extremely violent.
That narrative certainly dovetailed nicely with that of Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters.
“This is happening for a reason. Why, all of a sudden, do we have people unable to study while black? Unable to mow a lawn while black? Unable to have a picknick while black and being attacked? It’s coming from the president of the United States. He’s dog-whistling every day. He’s separating and dividing. And he is basically emboldening those folks.”
“Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have a picnic while black, and being attacked? It’s coming from the President of the United States.” https://t.co/yuSZd5pgHm
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 17, 2019
Democrat Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker took to Twitter and expressed his outrage.
“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching… To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime – I urge you to pay attention.”
The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I’m glad he’s safe.
To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention. https://t.co/EwXFxl5f2m
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 29, 2019
The Washington Post’s global opinion editor Karen Attiah fumed,
“Regarding the heinous attack on @JussieSmollett, yet another reminder that Trump’s ascendance and the resulting climate of hate has meant that lives have been increasingly at stake since 2015. Smollett could have been killed by those thugs screaming MAGA. Let that sink in.”
Regarding the heinous attack on @JussieSmollett, yet another reminder that Trump’s ascendance and the resulting climate of hate has meant that lives have been increasingly at stake since 2015.
Smollett could have been killed by those thugs screaming MAGA. Let that sink in.
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) January 29, 2019
But there were a few problems with Smollett’s narrative.
- The two “thugs” questioned by Chicago police turned out to be African-American brothers, Oabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, one of which was Smollett’s workout trainer. He also just happened to have played a bit part in an episode of “Empire.”
- The brothers wore plain red baseball caps purchased at a beauty supply store and not MAGA hats.
- And Chicago is most definitely not “MAGA country.” According to the Chicago Board of Elections, Hillary Clinton received 83.7 percent of the Windy City’s vote compared to Donald Trump’s meager 12.5.
The brothers told Chicago police that Smollett paid them $3,500 to perpetuate the hoax.
Sources told the CBS affiliate in Chicago that Smollett was angry that Fox failed to publicize a racist/homophobic letter sent to the “Empire” star at the show’s Chicago studio last January. A note in which letters cut from the pages of a magazine were pasted on the page.
A note that contained the anti-Trump narrative’s dreaded “MAGA” dog-whistle.
CBS 2 also reported that police retrieved writing paper and magazines from the Osundairo brother’s Chicago apartment. It sounds like Smollett’s hoax may have been an anti-Trump narrative wrapped within an anti-Trump narrative, courtesy of the enigmatic duo.
The Covington Catholic High School narrative
When students from Covington Catholic High School, their heads crowned with MAGA hats, smirked at the ridiculous antics of a modern American leftist playing an ancient Native American beating a drum, they were savaged by a contrived anti-Trump narrative concocted by the dominant Democrat/Media/Entertainment complex.
New York Times bestselling author Reza Aslan quipped:
“Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?
Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s? pic.twitter.com/jolQ7BZQPD
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) January 20, 2019
Reza’s website touts his book “God: A Human History” as making “sense of the divine, and sounds a call to embrace a deeper, more expansive understanding of God.”
Apparently, that understanding involves a high school student turning the other cheek so Reza could punch it.
Former New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Kurt Eichenwald, adds his two cents to the narrative. Going to Twitter, Eichenwald says the smiling young man “should be identified and denied all work in perpetuity.”
Realizing the harshness of his words, Eichenwald doubled down on his statement:
“I know that some might say I am being too harsh on teenagers. Unfortunately, the evil unleashed by Trump has infected millions of teenagers – with their Hitler valentines, Nazi-salutes, and the infection can only be cured with harsh consequences.”
…I know that some might say I am being too harsh on teenagers. Unfortunately, the evil unleashed by Trump has infected millions of teenagers – with their Hitler valentines, nazi-salutes, and bullying of non-whites – and the infection can only be cured with harsh consequences.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 19, 2019
Videos later emerged to reveal the old Native leftist with the little drum was the one who came to harass the young Covington students, not the other way around. The students did not answer the lunatic with violence or a turned cheek. Instead, they laughed.
It is the promoters of the anti-Trump narrative who “infect millions” with the kind of hate-filled propaganda that would make Joseph Goebbels smile.
The Trump/Russia collusion narrative
Prior to his election as president, a dossier claiming Trump cavorted with Russian prostitutes while on business in Moscow began circulating among major news organizations. The man shopping the dossier was its author, British spy Christopher Steele.
The media initially refused to print the dossier’s contents due to the unverifiable nature of its accusations, but came on board after Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller special counsel to investigate possible links between Trump and Russia.
A slew of indictments have come down since Mueller’s appointment, but not one having to do with Russian collusion.
The narrative of Democrat/Media/Entertainment complex says Trump won the presidency due to his alliance with Russian strongman, Vladimir Putin. Without help from Russia, goes the narrative, Americans would not have been so polarized. And our electoral system would not have been hacked, undermining American democracy. Instead, a happy, united America would have elected Hillary Clinton its first female president.
Oops, oops, and oops again!
It turns out the Steele dossier was nothing more than an opposition research document paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
One that provided the flimsy evidence used by a Democratic administration’s FBI to launch a counterespionage caper against the 2016 Republican presidential campaign.
A caper in which Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplated wearing a wire to surreptitiously tape his conversations with President Trump. The same Rod Rosenstein that launched the Mueller probe. Recordings that, according to former deputy FBI chief Andrew McCabe, would allow unelected Justice Department bureaucrats to unseat a duly elected president.
The Trump/Russia collusion narrative, we now know, is a ham-fisted attempt to mask the greatest conspiracy against a sitting American president in our nation’s history.
Print the narrative
In the 1962 western classic “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” the film ends with small-town newspaper editor Matthew Scott spiking a story that fails to service a noble lie.
“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
Here in the real world, there is no nobility in a lie. Especially lies intended to present narratives even less plausible than those in a Hollywood script.
Top Image: “Empire” star Jussie Smollett on “Good Morning America.” ABC News screen capture.