The vast majority of what’s considered the “modern day conservative media” is an absolute joke. To think that millions of people (including the “president”) view websites like Breitbart, Drudge, and InfoWars as credible and legitimate news sites is a rather disheartening, and dangerous, realization. Long gone are the days of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and even Ronald Reagan. By today’s conservative standards, at least based on the drivel I see pushed by most of the right-wing, none of those four men would qualify as “Republican” in the modern GOP.
Today’s GOP has fully cemented itself as the party of ignorant, soulless crackpots like Donald Trump, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Ted Cruz, and Steve Bannon.
To defend Trump, the conservative media has showed no shame in making absolute fools out of themselves. They’ve pushed such blatant hypocrisy in their defense of the indefensible behavior of Trump that it borders on outright insanity.
Though if you really look closely at how the conservative media props Trump up, you’ll notice something rather interesting. It’s a tactic they’ve employed that’s served as a distraction while creating an illusion of support for someone who I fully believe will go down as the worst “president” in United States history.
Even more so than evoking the names Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to distract Republican voters, if you really pay attention to the conservative media, they don’t spend their time selling Trump’s ideas. They don’t even bother trying to come up with elaborate ways to “prove” his lies are true — because they simply can’t do it. Instead, they’ve made defending Trump the only “policy” that matters.
Let me explain.
As opposed to talking about the issues, supporting Trump’s promises with some sort of data (even if it’s half-baked, dishonest nonsense from the Heritage Foundation), they’ve turned anyone and everyone who opposes or calls him out into the “enemy.” They’ve effectively made defending Trump from the “onslaught of attacks against him” the only “policy” they care about. They aren’t trying to find ways to sell Trump’s campaign promises to improve health care, make Mexico build the wall, or defeat ISIS in 30 days. They know none of that is going to happen because none of it’s feasible. So they’ve turned defending him into “policy.”
Trump really doesn’t need to pass a health care bill, cut taxes, defeat ISIS in a month, make Mexico pay for a border wall or accomplish any of his main campaign promises just as long as the conservative media keeps protecting him from the people who work tirelessly to keep up with this never-ending circus that churns out a constant stream of ridiculous statements, contradictions, lies, and propaganda.
By doing so they’ve taken out any need for Trump to accomplish much of anything because his supporters will never blame him for his failures — they’ll always blame everyone else. It’s the media, past presidents, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Republicans who don’t swear blind loyalty to him, the FBI, you name it. If they’ve called him out for lying or misleading the American people, in the minds of his supporters, “they’re the enemies standing in his way.”
There’s absolutely no need for the conservative media to try selling Trump’s ideas as plausible. They can’t. All they have to do is continue pushing the idea that it’s “us vs. them.” That Trump could accomplish all these “amazing things” if it wasn’t for all the anti-Trump people standing in his way. It’s not that his ideas aren’t based on reality, would destroy the economy, put Americans at risk, ruin health care for millions, or simply don’t make any sense based on how government works — it’s because those of us pointing out these facts “won’t get out of the way and let him make America great again.”
An example of what I mean can be seen in this Russian scandal. If you listen to right-wing hacks like Fox News’ Sean Hannity, they’re not spending their time producing credible information to prove Trump’s innocent. What they’re mostly doing is attacking the credibility or trying to slander the reputation of anyone who might be involved in exposing the truth about his campaign and whether or not they colluded with Russia. They’re not selling Trump’s innocence — they’re distracting his supporters.
As long as they keep pushing the narrative that the only “policy” that matters is defending Trump from anyone who stands up to him or exposes his endless stream of lies, they’re going to continue being able to sell that outrage, keeping conservatives worked up into a frenzy so that they’ll continue to believe myths and delusions that aren’t real and will almost certainly never come true. Thought it won’t be because the conservative media spent years preying on their ignorance, or because Donald Trump lied to them. They’ll point the blame at the people who believe in facts, reality, decency, and common sense who fought as hard as we could to save this country from their insanity.
So the next time you deal with a Trump supporter, or see something published by a member of the conservative media, make sure you look for this. The vast majority of the time you’ll notice that they’re really not trying to promote Donald Trump’s policies — they’re just selling the “policy” of defending him against those of us who use facts, reality, common sense, and even his own words to expose the fact that he’s a fraud, a liar, and a national embarrassment.