To describe the different Donald Trumps we saw in the last 72 hours: an impressive commander-in-chief Monday, giving a prime time teleprompter address on Afghanistan, at Ft. Myer, Virginia; a rambling candidate Tuesday, reprised in vintage, troubling, stream of consciousness, at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona; and, yesterday, an inspirational unifier, back on teleprompter, at the American Legion convention in Reno, Nevada.
About all this schizophrenia, CNN exclaimed:
The media have repeatedly used this word to describe Donald Trump. In the campaign last year, the Associated Press described a “softening” of his immigration stance as “political whiplash.” In April of this year, MSNBC described Trump’s “dramatic reversal” on Syria as “whiplash.”
And "Whiplash!" is the title of my new blog here at Newsmax, this column its introduction.
And now there is my new book "Whiplash! From JFK to Donald Trump, A Political Odyssey."
In Phoenix, President Trump inelegantly re-litigated Charlottesville. I won’t, except to say: (1) The violence and death ten days ago provided him with an opportunity to confront the white supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazis, and he blew it, at best, with obfuscation; (2) he recovered the high ground two days later, only to (3) inexplicably regress, the next day; (4) finally, about history and heritage, Trump now is the wrong messenger.
And (5) the media are wrong: the publicity last year about David Duke, Richard Spencer, et. al “supporting” Trump did not gain votes for Trump, but lost them; indeed, President Trump was right to say, as he did in Phoenix, that the media continue to encourage discord and division, agitation and bigotry, extremism and violence.
This country is not in an epidemic of racism or anti-Semitism. But the media frenzied coverage of racists does not forewarn; it emboldens these thugs with credibility, spreads their message of hate, and gets them new recruits. As a Jew, I am more afraid of anti-Semitism among the many “educated” faculty and students at Harvard or UC Berkeley than among the relatively few ignorant rabble-rousers on the streets. Trump was right to describe these white supremacists as “losers.”
Consider how the media agitate. Huff Post, for which I have written, headlined the departure of President Trump’s strategist Steve Bannon with the headline “GOY, BYE!” The word “goy” is a Yiddish term and, as used by Huff Post, it seems to refer derisively to a non-Jew. The headline conjures up a stereotype of Jews in control, a Jewish conspiracy against Bannon. Where is the condemnation of the “progressive” Huff Post?
Caroline Graham for the Daily Mail was more specific in her story, incredibly headlined, “How Jewish convert Ivanka got ‘Bannon the Barbarian’ to go.” Graham quotes her “source” as saying about Bannon: “Jared and Ivanka helped push him out. They were concerned about how they were being viewed by the Jewish community.” The article says, that Breitbart, Bannon’s website, “has rallied against Jews.”
Fact check(s): Before Charlottesville, Bannon agreed to resign, at the behest of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a general asserting his hegemony. Jewish liberals have pilloried Ivanka and Jared for months. And where is the condemnation of the “Jewish convert Ivanka” irrelevant and even inflammatory headline you would expect in a neo-Nazi publication? As for Breitbart being anti-Jewish, the late Andrew Breitbart was Jewish, as are many of its top editors and writers, and not secular, but observant Jews. The Breitbart site has rallied not against Jews, but against Jew-haters.
Don’t let the so-called “white nationalists” exploit legitimate issues. On the alter of multiculturalism, we provide entitlements and sacrifice the historic assimilation of immigrants. Once they wanted to learn English. Now our ballots are printed in multiple languages. The self-described advocates of women’s rights and gay rights, these hypocrites see the treatment of women and homosexuals in Muslim countries as “just a different culture.” And here, the mindless diversity and political correctness threaten freedom of speech and religion, and now history.
Both sides? All sides? How ugly is it out there? In response to the incendiary Daily Mail article, one of the great unwashed, presumably against “globalism,” responded on Facebook, “As Saint Augustine wrote, the enemies of Christianity are: Heretics, Barbarians, and Jews. I don’t think anything has changed since his time.” Thus, it’s not about the Jews at the White House, Zionist control of the media, Palestinian rights, or Israeli aggression. It’s about Jews. The “alt-right” has come to include a fever swamp. Drain it.
Arnold Steinberg is the author of "WHIPLASH! From JFK to Donald Trump, A Political Odyssey." His classic graduate texts, "Political Campaign Management: A Systems Approach" and "The Political Campaign Handbook: Media, Scheduling and Advance" defined modern political campaigns. He has testified numerous times as a court-recognized expert, including on campaigns, media, and polling. He has conducted 2,000 polls and focus groups and pioneered in innovative sampling methodology, question formats, and analytics; he consulted on strategy for hundreds of political campaigns, including historic ballot measures. He has lectured widely and taught at the Graduate School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is extensively published in American media and a frequent television and radio analyst. He has helped formulate major policy, ranging from free market and libertarian issues to national security to criminal justice reform. He served on federal, state and local government commissions. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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