Dear Mainstream Media: Stop Being Cowards and Start Being Honest About Donald Trump

Donald TrumpListen, I get that the mainstream media is supposed to (in theory) remain mostly impartial – at least on the news side of things. Of course, much of today’s 24/7 cable news is filled with opinion-based shows that are often very partisan and biased.

But I also believe there’s a difference between attempting to be impartial, and flat-out ignoring facts because reporting those facts might appear to be biased. Our news should be about one thing above all else: Reporting truth and facts.

Such as the bigotry, racism and ignorance that’s an epidemic within the Republican party.

This is no longer “subjective” (nor should it have really been after the GOP elected former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke in Louisiana in 1989) following the rise of Donald Trump as the dominant frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Words cannot express how sick and tired I am of watching “political experts” and supposed “analysts” sit there on television trying to “break down” why Trump has become the overwhelming leader among the huge pack of GOP candidates. Especially when they damn well know why.

It’s not because he’s an “outsider.” Carly Fiorina is an “outsider,” and she’s polling around 3 percent last time I checked. It’s not because he’s “tapping into an anger” many Americans have toward the status quo government. And it damn sure isn’t because he’s qualified to lead this country.

The reason why Trump has ascended to the top is because he’s pandering to the bigotry, racism and ignorance that runs rampant among many conservatives – especially those who align with the tea party.

When he called most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, his star didn’t rise because some Americans are “frustrated with our immigration system.” It’s because many conservatives oppose immigrants – period. They believe, wrongfully, that Mexican immigrants are nothing but savages coming here to “take our jobs” and drive up crime. This isn’t about a genuine concern from the right about how to rationally deal with illegal immigration. This is about the deep-seated disdain many conservatives have toward immigrants, especially the ones who don’t happen to be white.

Trump’s rise is as much about his false bravado and idiotic fake machismo as it is about bigotry and racism. From trying to bully any journalist who dares to call out his lies, to sexist attacks on reporters and other women, all the way to mocking a writer with disabilities – his disgusting tirades feed right into the hands of those who think being offensive is some kind of “slap in the face” to political correctness. When the truth is, he’s a 69-year-old man with the temperament and maturity of a petulant toddler.

When Trump shares a blatantly racist graphic based on fake “crime statistics” trying to paint African-Americans as murderous monsters, it’s meant to appeal to the racism that drives huge swaths of conservatives – because that’s the sort of lies and nonsense they want to believe. It doesn’t matter if it’s true, because most Trump supporters couldn’t care less about the truth.

And neither does Trump… obviously.

Following the terrorist attack in Paris, Trump realized it was his moment to seize on the anti-Muslim bigotry that’s not only accepted among many conservatives, it’s embraced among them. That’s why he immediately began talking about databases to track Muslims and making up ridiculous lies about “thousands and thousands” of people celebrating in the streets of New Jersey. And it doesn’t matter if these celebrations never happened, because many conservatives will believe Trump regardless. Even if there’s not a single shred of video evidence – anywhere – to support his myth, they’ll still believe him. Why? Because it’s what they want to believe. Then there’s always his continued insistence that we should ban all Muslims from entering the country. How “American” of him.

Want more proof?

Anyone with any sort of common sense knows the birther/Muslim nonsense that’s followed around President Obama for years has been based on racism. Well, guess who’s a birther? Oh, just one Donald J. Trump. Someone who began building his current base of conservative support upon pandering to the crazies who think the president is a Muslim who faked two forms of his birth certificate. Now he’s using that same sort of rhetoric against Cruz – though it seems conservatives don’t quite care about it as much this time. Hmm, I wonder why?

So, it’s not exactly shocking that two-thirds of Trump supporters think President Obama is a Muslim.

Trump is the most fascist-like presidential candidate (at least leading candidate) this nation has ever seen, yet he’s embraced and adored by millions of conservatives.

But to listen to many within the mainstream media talk about Trump’s rise, they seem (or at least pretend to be) “dumbfounded.” That or they use the generic talking points about the appeal of an “outsider,” the dissatisfaction with government or whatever other drivel they feel like saying to avoid the harsh and obvious truth: Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican presidential leaderboard is the living, breathing proof of the bigotry, hate, racism and overall ignorance that’s driving much of GOP.

It’s about damn time more of the mainstream media starts calling that out.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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