WASHINGTON: The political right is up in arms over a statement by CNN commentator and Gentleman’s Quarterly writer Julia Ioffe, who said: “This president [Trump] has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.” Ioffe claiming that the radical President was responsible for the growth of more radicals than ISIS. Well, I have a confession to make.
What Ioffe said about the radical President
On the panel with Loffe was CNN analyst David Urban who immediately pushed back on Loffe’s statements, telling CNN host Jake Tapper that he was irresponsible for also not pushing back on Loffe’s statement. Loffe eventually apologized saying she spoke in the “heat of the moment”, however she doubled down on her criticism of the President.
A time for radicalization
While Ioffe’s statements were, radical, I agree with Ioffe. Because I count myself among the Trump radicalized. It wasn’t until Donald Trump ran for president that a Republican candidate seeking the Oval Office refused to allow the media to decide what was acceptable political discourse during a presidential campaign.
Political correspondent after political correspondent told Trump his campaign’s focus on illegal immigration was “racist” and “unamerican.” Trump ignored them and their attempts to dull his sharp rhetoric into ineffective, spongy Nerf balls.
The mainstream media and its political serfs
In stark contrast, the late Sen. John McCain. who nobly withstood the torture of his North Vietnamese captors while a prisoner in the Hanoi Hilton, proved a whipped dog returning to his master’s side when it came to the mainstream media.
Commenting on President Trump’s criticisms of the media, McCain told NBC’s “Meet the Press”:
“If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free press, and many times, adversarial press. And without it, I’m afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time.”
The Press Beyond bias
While many in the conservative movement continue to describe reporting by the negative nabobs of the press as mere “bias,” it was President Trump who observed that their unfairness and favoritism toward Democrats had morphed into the outright telling of lies. He tagged their dissembling content “fake news” and rendered them “enemies of the people.”
McCain suffered from a malady greater than the brain cancer that eventually killed him. Like many Republicans in Washington, he believed the mainstream media to be honest brokers anxiously searching for the truth. This was well after the New York Times published an article smearing him as an adulterer shortly. Of course that article was after he won the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. And McCain would be running against Obama.
A fond farewell to an old never-Trumper
In death, however, the New York Times charitably noted in McCain’s obituary:
“With the rise of Donald J. Trump, the Republican flamethrower who steered American politics sharply to the right after his election in 2016 as the nation’s 45th president, Mr. McCain was one of the few powerful Republican voices in Congress to push back against Mr. Trump’s often harsh, provocative statements and Twitter posts and his tide of changes.”
No Republican within memory has so effectively combated the liberal hive-mind of the press, reducing it to a state of perpetual babbling and fits of continuous lunacy as has Trump.
And never-Trump Republicans are just as angry that “The Donald” may radically transform the GOP into a potent opposition party.
That’s quite an accomplishment by the nation’s radical Republican flame thrower-in-chief.
Top Images: GQ’s Julia Ioffe, MSNBC screen capture.
President Trump inset, Fox News screen capture.