President Trump continues to exercise all the rights he is entitled to under the law to challenge the vote counts in key battleground states. Whatever happens, Trump’s extraordinary record of accomplishments on behalf of the American people deserve to be defended against the mass dissemination of crass anti-Trump propaganda. And the more than 70 million Americans who voted to reelect President Trump to a second term should hold their heads up high against all the disgusting ad hominem attacks aimed their way.
Trump-haters did everything they could for four years to undermine the legitimacy of the Trump presidency. They are now lashing out at President Trump and his supporters for daring to question the legitimacy of the mainstream media’s anointment of Joe Biden as president-elect before all recounts and court challenges play out and the states’ electors make the election results official.
According to the New York Times’ Moscow bureau chief Andrew Higgins, President Trump is acting like a dictator by refusing to concede the election after the press decided he lost. There have been no official certifications of the states’ election results. But for Higgins and his media pals, it’s all over because the media say so. Higgins has been in Russia too long where there is no independent judiciary to resolve election disputes. Whatever Putin wants, Putin gets. To remind Higgins, in the United States we do have an independent judiciary under our Constitution’s separation of powers.
We have seen this year an unprecedented widespread use of mail-in ballots across the country that may have resulted in significant fraud affecting vote tallies in key battleground states. Asking for vote recounts, audits and independent judicial review is not, as Higgins believes, akin to using “the time-honored tools of dictators” to reverse elections. It is an inherent part of America’s system of the rule of law.
Leftists won’t be satisfied simply with a Biden win. Their thirst for revenge knows no bounds. Leftists who accuse President Trump of sowing hatred against his enemies are planning to make life miserable for patriotic Americans who were affiliated with the Trump campaign and administration. Robert Spencer laid out the leftists’ slash-and-burn tactics in his column entitled “A Biden Presidency and the American Gulag.”
Spencer mentioned, for example, the “Trump Accountability Project,” which demands on its website that “those who took a paycheck from the Trump Administration should not profit from their efforts to tear our democracy apart.” Former Democratic National Committee national press secretary Hari Sevugan, who also served as a campaign spokesman for former President Barack Obama, is behind this crude attempt at a Stalinist purge. Sevugan tweeted that employers thinking of hiring anyone who served in the Trump White House “should know there are consequences for hiring anyone who helped Trump attack American values.”
Spencer also reminded us of Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich’s despicable name and shame tweet on October 17th: “When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.”
And then there is Democratic-Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who tweeted after the election: “Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future? I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future.”
Journalists like to think of themselves as presenting the “first rough-draft of history.” But real journalists today are few and far between. Instead, we have the Trump-hating media doing their part to paint the Trump era as a dark chapter in American history. For four years, they tried to destroy President Trump with baseless charges and false stories. Trump correctly called out the political bias in much of the mainstream media and exposed their gross hypocrisy for the American people to see. This enraged the holier-than-thou media establishment further. Now, after prematurely anointing Joe Biden as the next president, Trump’s enemies in the media are angling for the last word in describing the Trump presidency as some sort of an evil autocratic regime.
In the words of The New Yorker writer Masha Gessen, for example, we have been through a “trauma” caused by “the most divisive and destructive Presidency in memory.” She demands “a reckoning” for what she claims President Trump has put us through. Gessen wants “congressional hearings, special-counsel investigations, court proceedings, town halls, journalistic projects, truth-and-reconciliation commissions, and some yet-to-be-invented formats” so that we can “talk about what happened and about how we go on living in such a way that it doesn’t happen again.”
Masha Gessen is not the only so-called “journalist” demanding a “reckoning.” Bret Stephens, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times who considers himself a conservative, wrote that the conservative movement needs a “reckoning” because of its support for President Trump. Stephens does not speak for conservatives. He is just another Trump-hater writing for the Trump-hating, left leaning New York Times. Why should conservatives have turned against President Trump when he delivered historic tax cuts, massive deregulation, the appointment of more than 200 conservative judges and three originalist Supreme Court justices, enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, support for law enforcement, and defense of the Second Amendment? Stephens has no answer other than to charge Trump with being “immoral — manifestly, comprehensively and unrepentantly.” The credible reports of Biden family corruption, from which the “big guy” Joe Biden stood to benefit, did not make it on Stephens’ radar.
Anne Applebaum, a staff writer at The Atlantic, wrote that “Trump is a president who never had America’s interests at heart.” Did she have her head in the sand for the last four years? What does Applebaum think that President Trump’s “America First” policies, which he brilliantly executed on behalf of American workers, were all about?
Jennifer Rubin, who writes opinion columns for The Washington Post, went over the edge completely during an appearance on MSNBC. “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose,” Rubin said. “We have to collectively in essence burn down the Republican Party.”
Rubin also tweeted, “Any R now promoting rejection of an election or calling to not to follow the will of voters or making baseless allegations of fraud should never serve in office, join a corporate board, find a faculty position or be accepted into ‘polite’ society. We have a list.” This reference to a list sounds eerily like the late Senator Joe McCarthy’s infamous “list” of alleged Communists working for the State Department that McCarthy referred to in a 1950 speech.
Gessen, Stephens, Applebaum, Rubin and their Trump-hating media cohorts are infected with the Trump Derangement Syndrome. They detest President Trump’s combative style, which they falsely claim is racist. They detest his insistence on strictly enforcing the nation’s immigration laws, deliberately obscuring the distinction that Trump has frequently made between immigrants who arrive in the U.S. legally and the gate crashers who are in this country illegally. They detest Trump’s America First policies, even though they confuse what they think is isolationism with smart multilateral relationships that do not rip off the United States. They find Joe Biden’s bland tone, along with his rejection of America First policies while embracing globalist institutions, oh-so reassuring.
The many, many millions of Americans who voted for President Trump are understandably proud of what he has accomplished on behalf of the American people in four short years. Here is a sampling:
- Destroying the ISIS territorial caliphate that Obama regarded as a junior varsity team, and killing its ruthless leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
- Facilitating historic Middle East peace agreements between Israel and three Arab countries
- Confronting China’s destructive behavior towards the United States that previous presidents ignored
- Keeping the United States out of new overseas wars while lowering tensions with North Korea
- Achieving energy independence
- Creating a pre-pandemic economy with historically low unemployment, including for African-Americans and Hispanics, and reducing the poverty rate to a 17-year low
- Putting America back on the path to economic recovery sooner than many so-called “experts” expected after making the decision to initially shut down the country in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus
- Combating the once-in-a-century coronavirus pandemic by forging unprecedented partnerships between government and the private sector and sharply reducing bureaucratic red tape, in order to produce ventilators, personal protective equipment, and testing capabilities in record time
- Paving the way for rapid development, production and distribution of vaccines that can finally allow us to return to a normal life
- Lowering the price of prescription drugs
- Reaching bipartisan agreement to push through legislation giving individual Americans and small businesses an economic lifeline during the pandemic
- Spearheading and signing the First Step Act, which reforms the criminal justice system and reverses years of mass incarceration of African-American males
President Trump accomplished all this and more in spite of how the Democrats and their media enablers went after President Trump and his allies with manufactured charges of Russian collusion, followed by the most divisive, partisan, and destructive impeachment farce in American history.
The self-important dunderheads in the media must not be allowed to prevail with their “first draft” of revisionist history that seeks to label President Trump, in the sneering words of the New York Times, as “the worst American president in modern history.” Unless the truth wins out regarding President Trump’s outstanding accomplishments in the face of unrelenting efforts to sabotage his presidency, the leftist media will get away with shaping how history ultimately judges the Trump presidency. We cannot let that happen.