We need to come up with better words than “hypocrite” or “hypocrisy” to describe what we’re currently witnessing from Donald Trump, his supporters, Fox News, and the Republican Party. Typical hypocrisy is someone drinking a double Jack and Coke while lecturing you about drinking or telling you that you need to workout more when they never go to the gym.
But the bullshit we’re seeing from Trump, those who support him, his favorite conservative entertainment network, and the GOP is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
What we’re all witnessing is much closer to insanity than hypocrisy.
We have a man who spent years attacking Barack Obama for playing golf while he was in office, who now spends around half his weekends — playing golf. Not only has Trump taken more vacation days and golf trips when compared to his predecessor at the same point in their presidencies, but he’s on pace to cost taxpayers more on personal travel expenses (aka vacations) during his first year in office than taxpayers spent on Obama during his entire eight years as president.
Yet this is all just fine to Trump, Fox News, his supporters, and the “party of fiscal responsibility.” I’ve had more than just a couple of Trump’s supporters tell me that it’s fine he plays golf so much since he’s worked so hard to fix the country, so he needs time off. Adding that they don’t view his vacations as real vacations because he’s always working.
So, when Obama played golf and took a vacation, he wasn’t doing anything. When Trump plays more golf and takes even more vacations, he’s still “working hard for the American people.”
You can’t make this stuff up.
The tribalism among most Republicans, especially Trump supporters, is astonishing. These are people whose entire outlook on reality changes based on nothing more than their own personal feelings about a particular politician. It’s not that reality or facts change — how they view them changes.
Perfect example, the economy.
While the economy isn’t bad, aside from the stock market, it’s actually either no better, or even a little worse in the case of job growth, than during Obama’s last year in office. In fact, for the first time in seven years we lost jobs during the month of September.
Yet suddenly the very same economic numbers Trump called “phony” and a “hoax” just about a year ago, when he claimed everything “was a disaster,” he’s now attacking the media for not talking more about. But this doesn’t seem to register with Trump supporters that he was obviously lying to them last year. Nope, in many of their minds, at least based on what I’ve seen and heard from these people, they really and truly believe he’s “fixed the economy” since coming into office. Even though they can’t name a single major piece of legislation he’s passed.
Aside from a few executive orders he’s signed rolling back a few regulations, he’s done almost nothing for the economy. While these executive orders have had a slight impact on the economy, the numbers we’re currently seeing follow a well-established pattern from what we’ve seen for the vast majority of the last few years. The only difference being that because Trump’s wanting to use the strength of the economy for his benefit, while Fox News and his supporters want to prop him up as something amazing, suddenly their entire mood about jobs, the unemployment rate, GDP, and the stock market changed.
The data hasn’t really changed all that much — just the way they want to view and/or sell it has.
Oh, who here remembers when Republicans felt a president who bypassed Congress and signed executive orders was “unconstitutionally ruling like a king or dictator”? I know I certainly do.
Then there are his attacks on the media which most folks over at Fox News seem just fine with. Many of the network’s employees parrot the same b.s. Trump does, often acting like his own version of state-run media.
Just imagine what Trump, his supporters, and Fox News would have said if Obama or Clinton had spent months calling the network “fake,” attacking it on a nearly daily basis, ultimately suggesting that maybe they should lose their broadcast license. They would have lost their minds. Yet when Trump does it, that’s perfectly acceptable — because nothing he says or does is wrong, apparently.
I’m not even going to touch Russia. The same people who spent years painting Benghazi as one of the biggest scandals in history, while trying to make Clinton’s emails into the next Watergate, are now acting as if all these connections Trump has to Russia, including his son setting up a secret meeting with Russian officials promising him dirt on Clinton, and his refusal to say anything negative about Vladimir Putin, aren’t big deals.
It’s absolutely absurd.
Another recent topic that’s perfectly exposed the jaw-dropping hypocrisy of these people is the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
If these allegations are true, and I think it’s safe to assume that many of them are, without a doubt, Weinstein is a disgusting sexual predator who might even belong in prison.
That said, Trump, his supporters, Fox News and the Republican Party are the last folks who should be trying to use this controversy to attack Democrats. Yet that’s exactly what they’re doing! Based on the amount of attention Fox News has given to this story, you’d think Weinstein was the sexual predator who had been “elected president” instead of Trump — the actual sexual predator who was.
To date, Trump’s not only been caught on video bragging about sexual assault, but he’s been accused by at least 15 different women of sexual harassment and/or assault. However, when all that news broke just before last year’s election, most of his supporters called these women liars and voted for him anyway.
Much like the economy, Trump’s supporters seem to believe that the veracity of sexual harassment/assault allegations by multiple women is determined by political affiliation.
Though of all the topics you’d think Fox News would want to stay away from, allegations of sexual misconduct among men against women I’d have assumed would have been one of them.
This is a network that was run for over two decades by Roger Ailes, a man who was dismissed in disgrace just over a year ago after multiple current and former Fox News employees accused him of sexual harassment. Then just a few months later, the network’s top money earner and personality, Bill O’Reilly, was fired after it was discovered he had settled at least five different lawsuits with women over allegations of sexual harassment totaling around $13 million. A few weeks after that, another prominent male host at the network, Eric Bolling, was also fired for — you guessed it — several allegations of sexual misconduct.
Yet this is now the very same network going after the “culture of Hollywood” after these allegations against Weinstein emerged.
Let me rephrase that.
A network that was run by someone who spent two decades sexually harassing women, whose highest-paid personality was also fired for sexual harassment, while another prominent male host was also let go after it was discovered he had harassed women, too, has spent a good part of the last week or so judging Hollywood for how it treats women.
Again, you can’t make this stuff up.
And I’m just scratching the surface. I could write an entire book on the things Trump has said or done that his supporters, Fox News, and the Republican Party would be having a full-on meltdown over if any Democrat had done them. Yet when he’s done them, not only do they not call him out, they defend him, while attacking other media outlets and journalists who expose their unprecedented hypocrisy.
When I say I’ve never seen anything like it, I’m not exaggerating. I’ve read comments from journalists who’ve followed politics for decades who’ve said they don’t even know how to cover Trump because they’ve never seen a person who just seems to literally invent his own reality. He can say one thing today, completely contradict himself tomorrow, and say something completely different a few days later — and his supporters won’t care, Fox News won’t call him out, and the GOP will remain mostly silent.
It’s why I said at the beginning of this article, we really need a stronger word than “hypocrites” to describe these people. What I’m seeing now is closer to outright insanity than simple hypocrisy.