The Gift of Anti-Trump Irrationality

Several polls released over the past few days have gauged not just what Americans think about Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, but offered some critical insight into the hysterical minds of anti-Trump Democrats who bear much of the blame for our poisonous political climate. In some cases, their views reject fact and expose their blinding passion to delegitimize and destroy Trump’s presidency.

Most of the polls find that partisans are deeply-divided in their opinions about the way the president dealt with the aftermath of the deadly clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters, including anti-fascists. A CBS News poll shows that while 67 percent of Republicans said they approve of the way the president handled the events in Charlottesville, 82 percent of Democrats said they disapprove. Despite eyewitness and media accounts of the incident that confirm Trump’s initial comment that both sides were responsible for the escalating violence (one video clip shows Antifa thugs taunting police, chanting “police and Klan go hand in hand”), 83 percent of Democrats said the president described the events inaccurately; 68 percent of Republicans said he described it accurately.

The poll then asked a few questions about the president and racial issues. While a majority of all respondents said it matters “a lot” how the president handles race relations, 70 percent of Democrats said that “the policies of the Trump Administration have encouraged racial division in the U.S.” Only 15 percent of Republicans agreed, with 56 percent saying his policies have had no effect (the most accurate assessment.)

Exactly what policies has the Trump administration enacted that have promoted racial disharmony in the country? Foes of the president criticize him for not getting anything done, yet they claim he recklessly enacts policies that  fuel racial discord. I suppose that works as political “narrative” in their circles, but it fails miserably as an accurate recounting of events.

An NPR/PBS Newshour Poll, 73 percent of Democrats said race relations are worse than they were a year ago; only 32 percent of Republicans said the same. Seventy-nine percent of Democrats said Trump’s response to the protests in Charlottesville was “not strong enough,” but 59 percent of Republicans thought it was.

One Monmouth University poll question in particular sheds the most light on the Democrats’ Trump derangement. The survey asked, “can you think of anything Trump could do, other than resign (emphasis added) in his term as president that would make you approve of the job he is doing?” Now, any sensible person would reject the legitimacy of this question out of hand. But we are talking about Democrats in the era of Trump. So. of course, 57 percent of Democrats said “no.”

Let’s underscore this: A large majority of Democrats will not approve of Donald Trump no matter what he does unless he resigns from office. This echoes the laughable results of another poll from earlier this month—before the Charlottesville incident—that showed 72 percent of Democrats think President Trump should be impeached. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats think Trump should be impeached . . . for what? Do they not understand how impeachment works? This might also explain the near-silence from the media and Democratic leaders last week in reaction to a Missouri state senator’s call for Trump’s assassination. I can only imagine the poll results on that question.

The polls aren’t the only measure of how unmoored from fact, reason, and political common sense most Democrats (and some NeverTrump “conservatives”) have become. Social media was a cesspool of stupidity last week, with many posters comparing Antifa thugs to World War II soldiers. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo posted a meme of soldiers departing a ship on D-Day with the tag, “Anti-fascists disrupting a large gathering of white supremacists.” Cuomo’s tweet included a title, “Let’s not forget.” Brian Fallon, former spokesman for Hillary Clinton, tweeted out a similar meme:

Of course, it didn’t take long for the halfwits in the Twittersphere to regurgitate that message just as eagerly as they were comparing Trump voters to Nazis. (The retweeting of this comparison oddly dissipated after Antifa and Black Lives Matters rioters attacked police in Boston this past Saturday.”)

Some people need to take a long look in a mirror.

Virginia’s U.S. senator and former vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine (can we pause for a moment and shout a loud ‘Amen’ that this dude is not anywhere near the White House?) posted a statement decrying “a climate where individuals who espouse hate feel emboldened.” He implied the president is to blame for the events in Charlottesville. So, who is to blame for the fact Kaine’s 24-year-old son was charged with several misdemeanors after he became violent at an anti-Trump rally in Minnesota last March, including allegations he scuffled with police? Perhaps you should sit this one out, senator.

Even the strongest Trump supporters I know have uneasiness about the president’s temperament and impulsive tendencies. These are legitimate concerns. But it’s hard to heed any exhortation for calm and sensibility from people who are more unstable, more unreasonable, and more hypocritical than the man they demonize on an hourly basis. Their overreach is the gift that keeps on giving. What they fail to understand is that gift is served up with a big red bow to Donald Trump and his supporters every time.

The president should send them a thank you note.

About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. After college graduation, she served as a policy and communications consultant for several Republican candidates and elected officials in suburban Chicago. She also volunteered for her local GOP organization. After staying home for more than 10 years to raise her two daughters, Julie began teaching cooking classes out of her home. She then started writing about food policy, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as climate change and other scientific issues. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in communications and minor degrees in political science and journalism. Julie lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and (unfortunately) three dogs.

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13 responses to “The Gift of Anti-Trump Irrationality

  • The Press keep polling Democrats about stuff. It undermines all of it. They hate the President and are so ideologically biased, Democrats willingly used the powers of Government to punish adversaries, real or imagined… to lie, cheat, steal, literally commit fraud and buy votes. To be a Democrat is to be willing to completely ignore any violence or corruption of their side because anything to further their goal… and honestly, Democrats hate America… as she was founded and her history. The only America Democrats love is the one they intend to foist upon the rest of us if only they get a chance.

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  • “Even the strongest Trump supporters I know have uneasiness about the president’s temperament and impulsive tendencies.”

    Ms. Kelly, you need to get out more because every Trump supporter I know is perfectly at ease with President Trump’s temperment … and we wish he’d engage in a lot MORE smash-mouth tendencies!!!

    • I’ve been pro-Trump from the day of his announcement in June (July?) 2015. And I don’t mind most of the “smash-mouth.”

      But I’ve also been disappointed by how scatterbrained he is:

      – He promised to nullify the DACA amnesty of [yecch] “Dreamers” on his first day in office. Still going.

      – He attacked Jeff Sessions, his strongest ally–attacking him for doing what Trump had directed Sessions do!

      – He’s appointed so many swamp creatures to his staff that some of us wonder, “What’s the point, after all?”

      Trump’s chief accomplishments so far:

      – He kept Hillary Clinton from being president.

      – He succeeded in getting Gorsuch on the Supremes. Gorsuch might turn out to be non-disastrous.

      The real seer was Michael Anton, author of “The Flight 93 Election.” With Clinton elected, the republic would have been over. With Trump elected, there remains some slim chance of its survival and, ultimately, revival.

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  • I think it is past time to point out to the people who own the Political Class, the Mainstream Media and the lackey-cadres they in turn own, just what future they are making for themselves.

    Big Money in unholy alliance with the political Left nowadays marches the western world into the condition of Brazil. It desires (not entirely consciously) a social order in which the ultra-rich float on top of dirt-poor countries, dwelling in gated security and staggering affluence, enabled by tame wholly-owned politicians and mainstream media; which is what we now suffer from. Below that, as in several metropolises’ Underworlds today, there is to be an ocean of serfs on tiny incomes (when they can acquire even those) who, non-unionised and very deferential, make up the workforces of giant companies and provide maids, nannies, cooks, gardeners and tradesmen for the well-to-do domestically. These moiling destitutes are to dwell in barrios regulated by crime-lords.

    This goal is being achieved via mass immigration (‘justified’ by the lunatic doctrine of Multiculturalism [“all cultures are equally valid and all are benign” (Yes! Look at ISIS!)] and enforced by political correctness; via crony corporatism; via special interests making all major government decisions; via absolute disregard to democratic protest (I do mean protest at the ballot box, not ravings and riots on streets). Genuine Brexit and Campaign Trump’s agenda are to be as ruthlessly nullified as possible.

    The Left desires the same Brazilian reality as a staging post on its way to a ‘socialist’ revolution which will once again – only on a larger scale – offer them the opportunity of a totalitarian world in which (as they think) they will be the privileged commissars fiercely bullying everyone else.

    Neither of these echelons of ruling dimwits, blinded by their frantic lust for wealth and power, consider what their own fates will actually be in such a Dispensation.

    The radical transmogrification of a country in the interest of certain groups’ triumph never, in the modern world, means the victory of relatively sane forces. It is the most ruthless members of society, backed by fanatical suicidally self-sacrificing supporters, who come to the top.

    The transmogrification of Russia in the nineteen-teens and twenties did not put that country in the lap of the Liberals or the Mensheviks. It handed it to the Bolsheviks.

    The transmogrification of Germany in the nineteen-twenties and thirties did not turn that land over to the Communists or the Social Democrats. It went to the Nazis.

    Today the most ruthless members of world society – the people who will stop at absolutely nothing and who are backed by plenty of self-sacrificing individuals willing to murder and themselves die ad lib – are the jihadists.

    THEIR movers and shakers, when they have come out on top of the mess Silicon Valley billionaires, Wall St, the City of London, the Chamber of Commerce and the Political Left have made of the democracies, will turn on their benefactors. They will expropriate their wealth and possessions and in most cases will murder them. They will reason, cogently enough, that Big Money and the loud violent Left’s leaders were able to turn whole societies upside down and inside out; and they won’t want any reverse-engineering performed by the same forces. So “off with THEIR heads!” will be one of the first principles of the New Caliphate.

    If you be one of the Big Money people, a member of the political parties in the western world or any other of the enablers of this Rule by Terror and Murder that you are moving mankind towards, will you not – as Charon ferries your decapitated body across the Styx – feel rather like King Lear? – ‘Woe that too late repents!’

    • Hear, hear!

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