When it comes to pushing propaganda and manipulating their supporters into being blind, can’t-think-for-themselves hypocrites, almost nobody does it better than conservatives and the right-wing media. Like true propaganda masters, these folks can say one thing yesterday and then do the complete opposite today, all while making excuses for their blatant hypocrisy without skipping a beat. Like most other unethical hypocrites and bullies, they’re also incredibly good at “playing the victim.”
It’s a difficult thing to combat because you’re dealing with people who don’t live by the same rules they expect others to follow, all while lacking the ethics and morals to care. That empowers them to be absolutely terrible — all while accusing others of being the awful ones.
There are numerous examples I can use here.
Case in point, their recent “outrage” over a Trump-inspired Julius Caesar play in New York City where “Caesar” is stabbed to death by senators. Protests were swift, with some people even rushing the stage. Many within the conservative media lambasted the play as an example of how disgusting and vile the left is.
That’s odd, I don’t recall the same type of outrage when the exact same play was put on where “Caesar” was depicted as Barack Obama and another time as Hillary Clinton. In fact, the very conservative The American Conservative reviewed the one where Obama was depicted as Caesar, praising the production as “riveting.”
But when the same thing is done with Trump depicted as Caesar, well, that’s when conservatives find these plays “offensive and disgusting examples of the hateful left.”
For the record, I think they’re all disgusting. I don’t care what anyone thinks about any president, applauding or supporting the depiction of their death is inexcusable and disrespectful to the highest office in our land.
Then, of course, there’s the recent shooting in Virginia where Republican members of Congress were targeted by a left-wing radical. Like they always do, the conservative media was quick to pounce on how this was just another example of how the “hateful, anti-right rhetoric from the left” is leading to violence.
Interesting, because I don’t remember them saying the same thing when an anti-abortion psychopath killed three people in Colorado Springs after opening fire on a Planned Parenthood there, citing nearly word-for-word propaganda Republicans had been using to slander and defame the health organization.
What about Dylan Roof? That was a radical right-wing racist who followed and supported the same type of horrific white nationalist groups who’ve enthusiastically embraced Trump.
Just a couple of years ago, after quite a few Republicans and large parts of the conservative media added legitimacy to the ridiculous Jade Helm conspiracy that Obama was using a military exercise to seize guns, there were two instances where people opened fire on U.S. military personnel in Mississippi.
When a man opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle into a pizzeria after being inspired by crackpot Alex Jones — a person Trump’s praised for having a great reputation — over the completely insane notion that the restaurant was the front for a human trafficking ring linked to the Democratic Party, the right absolved themselves of any personal responsibility for that, too.
This is how conservatives work. When someone from “their side” does something, they push this message that it was a “lone wolf” and doesn’t represent the values of the Republican Party or conservatism. However, when someone from the left acts out, which seems to be much less often, they fall all over themselves trying to paint those much less frequent acts as “examples of the violent left extremists.”
Look at how they acted when it came to Barack Obama and racism. They had the nerve to claim that he was making racism worse — by calling out the racism on the right.
For them, it was okay for members of the GOP to push the racist-inspired birther conspiracy, for millions of conservatives to think Obama needs to “go back to Kenya,” or believe he’s a Muslim — all based on the color of his skin — but if you call out this obvious racism and bigotry, in their minds, then you’re the one making it about race.
They really do operate from the belief that they can be as vile, hateful, and awful as they want to be; however, if you call out that behavior, then you’re the one being vile, hateful, and awful.
Like I said, they’re masters at “playing the victim.”
This is a political movement that’s embraced members of the media who are legitimate hate-pushers, fear-mongers, mentally unhinged and conspiracy theorists like Sean Hannity, Ted Nugent, Alex Jones, Breitbart, WND.com, InfoWars, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin — which constantly accuses the left of promoting and embracing hate.
Hell, no look no further than Trump. A man who literally fueled his campaign with the most divisive and hateful rhetoric in modern political history, who’s had the gall to claim he’s trying to bring people together. Even as he spends part of nearly every day lashing out at anyone and everyone — including pushing conspiracy theories against his own Justice Department.
And let’s not even get into his golfing addiction. Conservatives spent eight years attacking Obama for playing golf, yet now they defend Trump — someone who plays golf much more often than his predecessor, at an extremely high financial burden to taxpayers.
There’s a psychological trick unethical and unscrupulous liars use when they want to keep people on the defensive: They accuse them of doing the very things they’re doing.
That’s essentially what Republicans do — constantly.
They’ll accuse liberals of being:
- Intolerant for standing up and opposing their bigotry.
- Racist for calling out their racism.
- Sexist for pointing out their blatant sexism.
- Fear-mongers for rightfully calling out the extremism that’s taken over the majority of the GOP.
- The ones stirring up fear by pointing out just how dangerous and unhinged Trump is as “president” while they defend and empower him.
- Pushers of “fake news” when they are the ones who trust and believe a man who lies at an unprecedented rate and fall for “fake news” much more often than liberals.
- The ones dividing people by standing up against Trump, the most divisive “president” in U.S. history.
- Radicals who buy into conspiracy theories when millions of them have embraced outlandish “deep state” conspiracies trying to defend Trump, think Obama faked his birth certificate, and believe in a whole litany of debunked nonsense about Hillary Clinton.
- Government obstructionists blocking Trump’s agenda when Republicans actually control majorities in both the House and the Senate, and were the ones who set the record for using the filibuster during Obama’s presidency.
- Against religious freedom as they try to force their religious views on people.
The list goes on and on.
If you doubt me, sit back and listen to the rhetoric, propaganda, lies, and attacks which Republicans and the conservative media dole out against the left. You’ll quickly notice that practically everything they accuse the left/Democrats of doing — is actually describing them.