The Democrats’ never-end­ing melt­down

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Tammy Bruce

Just when you think you’ve seen the ul­ti­mate melt­down of the Demo­cratic Party, there’s al­ways more. The Jus­tice Ka­vanaugh hear­ing was an ut­ter de­ba­cle for the Democrats. But it also pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for re­assess­ing their view of the world and at­ti­tude about the Amer­i­can peo­ple. They clearly chose not to do so, and are now dou­bling down on hate.

The ob­vi­ously new nar­ra­tive from the Demo­cratic Party and their en­ablers is the in­sane in­sis­tence that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is re­spon­si­ble for the hor­ri­ble Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue mas­sacre and is a dan­ger­ous and hor­rific ar­ti­fact of des­per­ate peo­ple who seek to use ev­ery hu­man cri­sis as a po­lit­i­cal op­por­tu­nity.

Mr. Trump is a politi­cian and has ter­rific peo­ple sur­round­ing him. He has shown us for over two years now that he can han­dle the slings and ar­rows of the dy­ing es­tab­lish­ment ma­chine. But the more trou­bling and sin­is­ter mes­sag­ing has emerged against vot­ers who chose freely in 2016 to not sup­port the sta­tus quo.

In the af­ter­math of the syn­a­gogue mas­sacre, two peo­ple fa­nat­i­cally op­posed to the pres­i­dent have gone on na­tional tele­vi­sion and com­pared the pres­i­dent and his vot­ers, in one case, to the ter­ror­ist group ISIS and, in the other, claimed the pres­i­dent and his sup­port­ers of have “blood on their hands.”

On Mon­day at CNN, just two days after the syn­a­gogue hor­ror, GQ colum­nist Ju­lia Ioffe made head­lines. Dur­ing a de­bate seg­ment she said, “I think this pres­i­dent, one of the things that he re­ally launched his pres­i­den­tial run on is talk­ing about Is­lamic rad­i­cal­iza­tion. And this pres­i­dent has rad­i­cal­ized so many more peo­ple than ISIS ever did.”

David Ur­ban, a Trump sup­porter and an­other guest on the panel, con­fronted her on-air for the re­mark. After Jake Tap­per de­clined to push back on the claim, Ms. Ioffe dou­bled-down on com­par­ing sup­port­ers of the pres­i­dent to the blood-thirsty ter­ror­ists, “ISIS had like 10,000 mem­bers. I think the pres­i­dent has far more sup­port­ers who es­pouse an equally hate­ful ide­ol­ogy,” Ms. Ioffe re­torted.

In the af­ter­math, out­rage at the re­mark grew, and Ms. Ioffe apol­o­gized in the non­apol­ogy sort of way by ex­plain­ing it was “hy­per­bole” fu­eled by the “emo­tional and painful time.”

News­flash for Ms. Ioffe: That mas­sacre was and is emo­tional and painful for all of us. This was not a poor choice of words, a mis­take we all can make. This was an ac­cu­sa­tion, which she re­in­forced even after be­ing con­fronted about it in real time. Also within two days of the mass mur­der, Steve Sch­midt, chair­man of the John McCain 2008 cam­paign and hater of Pres­i­dent Trump, went on MSNBC to dis­cuss the mas­sacre, and in­stead used the hor­ror to un­leash a screed against those whom he de­spises. He de­clared the pres­i­dent and oth­ers “had blood on their hands.” With­out any push­back from host Chris Hayes, he said Coun­selor to the Pres­i­dent Kellyanne Con­way and “the vile pres­i­dent that she serves, abet­ted by Mark Levin and Rush Lim­baugh and Bre­it­bart and New­busters and Ju­di­cial Watch and all the rest of them, have blood on their hands. For the in­cite­ments that they have made that have trig­gered and rad­i­cal­ized these crazy peo­ple. It is de­lib­er­ate …”

This frenzy to cast fel­low Amer­i­cans as dan­ger­ous ter­ror­ists be­cause you dis­agree with them po­lit­i­cally is be­yond any nor­mal or ac­cept­able po­lit­i­cal dis­course. It’s one thing to tar­get the di­rect po­lit­i­cal op­po­nent with rhetoric that is un­seemly. But here we have the fail­ing es­tab­lish­ment, both Democrats and in some cases Repub­li­cans, choos­ing to ma­lign the ac­tual vot­ers in the week lead­ing up to an elec­tion.

Hil­lary Clin­ton’s dec­la­ra­tion that the pres­i­dent’s sup­port­ers were “de­plorable” and “not Amer­i­can” was the mo­ment the losers in 2016 de­cided a scorched earth cam­paign pun­ish­ing those who did not com­ply would be their new strat­egy.

It is now ap­par­ent Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters was not a rogue con­gress­woman call­ing for the harass­ment of Repub­li­cans; she was sim­ply car­ry­ing for­ward the of­fi­cial Demo­cratic torch.

What would pos­sess the Democrats to think that at­tack­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple would be their sal­va­tion? We may have re­ceived a clue as to their ex­pec­ta­tions when Hil­lary Clin­ton said that the in­sta­bil­ity would stop when they re­gained the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

In 2016 the Amer­i­can pub­lic saw through the at­tempts to gaslight them into be­liev­ing things that aren’t true. One of those false as­ser­tions is how the Demo­cratic Party cares about the Amer­i­can peo­ple and are cham­pi­ons on the is­sues we care about.

Their lat­est ac­cu­sa­tions, at­ti­tude and lack of any co­her­ent po­si­tion on pol­icy for this coun­try, proves not just the chaotic in­com­pe­tence now de­stroy­ing that side of the aisle, but makes clear their ac­tual malev­o­lence to­ward the cit­i­zen. After all, we are the ones who fired them, and we are the ones they are de­ter­mined to pun­ish.

When the midterm comes along the Democrats are go­ing to find that we are not ISIS, or Nazis, or racists, or ter­ror­ists. We are Amer­i­cans. We are moms and dads, broth­ers and sis­ters, sons and daugh­ters, hus­bands and wives, and best friends. We are vot­ers and fam­i­lies who look to the fu­ture and want it to be the best it can be. Next week we must trust and urge the Amer­i­can peo­ple to not re­ward those who con­demn peo­ple for re­ject­ing the sta­tus quo, and de­cid­ing to stand for free­dom, fair­ness and a re­newed Amer­i­can fu­ture. Tammy Bruce, pres­i­dent of In­de­pen­dent Women’s Voice, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.

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