Co-authored with Daniel O’Dowd
At exactly 5pm Irish time this afternoon, Donald Trump will be a private citizen again. His presidency will be at the mercy of history to judge – and judge it will.
One could make an educated guess that his presidency will be described, in the short term at least, as four years of lies and barely constitutional actions. But that is to miss the point, and to deliberately ignore the fact that in the war on truth in America, both sides have armed themselves to the teeth. Many words will be written about Trump’s flaws. Fewer will be written about the role played by Democrats, and their allies in the media.
For four years the Democratic party, the Washington D.C. establishment, and the majority of the American (and world) media engaged in an unprecedented amount of lies and barely constitutional actions. For all his flaws, and there are many, President Trump was encircled by foes from the moment he descended the golden elevator in Trump Tower in 2015 to announce his presidential run.
His term began with the lie propagated by the Democrats that his election was illegitimate. This was driven by Democratic party and the mainstream media to prevent the electoral college from declaring Trump the victor of the 2016 election. There is an irony of course in that the Democrats are so upset about Trump’s failure to accept the election results of 2020. This is not to say President Trump was right, rather it is to say that the Democrats should not be surprised given their complete failure to accept President Trump’s victory in 2016. With the blessing and support of the media, of Big Tech, and of Hollywood, the Democratic Party worked tirelessly to undermine the election victory of Republicans in 2016. You can still see the tweets on the social media of Nancy Pelosi to this day calling the election a sham, left up without fact check or qualification by Jack Dorsey and the other social media barons.
The media told us with no uncertainty that Trump was a Russian stooge recruited in the 1980’s and was under the control of Russian president Putin – a baseless lie relentlessly pursued for 4 years that hindered Trumps agenda in the White House.
They told us he would start new wars, ban abortion and same sex marriage, and that white nationalists would rule the cities and towns across America. Instead, Trump has been a peaceful President who has sought to withdraw American troops from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. His administration formulated and negotiated the Abraham Accords – an important first step in a new era of peaceful relations between Israel and several Arab countries, some of whom prior to the Accords, would not even recognise Israel’s right to exist.
Then there were the slanderous, anonymous ‘leaks’ published almost every day by the anti-Trump media outlets – which went unverified, and violated ethical standards of journalism. There were countless death threats from the radical Left, from Johnny Depp, to Madonna, to Kathy Griffin (to name but a few). There were lawsuits against his financial empire with dubious legal merit, but ample political backing. There was the first impeachment, based upon Democratic anger over the Trump Administration’s investigation of political corruption and nepotism involving none other than Joe Biden. These incidents are only the tip of a very large iceberg. Every policy, argument or utterance of the Trump Administration was met with either the threat of violence or witch-hunts rooted in falsehoods.
This is not new. This is a well-oiled machine of hypocrisy that has been perfected from Republican presidency to Republican presidency.
During the George W Bush Administration, there was an attempt by Democratic Congressman to impeach the President in the last few months of his presidency. There were 35 articles of impeachment – which can basically be summarised as everything the Democrats didn’t like about Bush Jr.
Indeed, every Republican President since President Eisenhower has seen articles of impeachment filed against them. A resolution to impeach George H W Bush was introduced for “starting the Gulf War” – we are sure Saddam Hussein was appreciative of the Democratic support for his military incursion. Impeachment is a grave undertaking that involves the elected representatives of the people finding justification to remove the people’s choice for the leader of their country. To Democrats, it’s a PR tool.
This culture of threats and overreach would not be complete however without sufficient undermining of the incumbent Commander-In-Chief to political gain.
The attempts to undermine Trump did not end at the borders of his own country. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and former Secretary of State under President Obama, John Kerry met with the Iranian Foreign Minister in direct violation of the Logan Act. This was with a view towards undermining the Trump Administration’s sanctioning of Iran and the US Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Far from an authoritarian, Trump has opposed the harsh restrictions and lockdowns across America imposed by mostly Democrat governors and mayors in the fight against Covid-19. He has called for freedom of speech on American college campuses to be protected, and in the face of an endless barrage of attacks by the media the would-be dictator Trump has not silenced or jailed one journalist – unlike President Obama, who holds the record for using the Espionage act to stifle journalist’s freedom of speech.
Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the finger was pointed at lies about desperate mask shortages, ventilator shortages, hospital shortages, racism, and Republican-run super spreader events. The vaccine which was going to take years to develop instead took months. America never needed the Navy hospital ships. They never needed the hospital tent facilities set up in Central Park. They never needed the mass graves. They never ran out of ventilators.
And of course, the media played its part. Protesters were treated differently. Anti-lockdown protestors and Trump/GOP events or rallies were met with criticism across the media for being reckless spreaders of COVID-19 while at the same time, Antifa/BLM ran riot in their tens of thousands across cities.
The events at the Capitol on January 6th were disgraceful and embarrassing. But it was symbolic rather than consequential. They call it a coup, but for it to be a coup, insurrection, etc., it would have needed a path toward accomplishing a change of government. There never was any. They say Trump incited the violence, but an objective standard of measuring incitement will require a direct call to violence – there was none.
Perhaps one of the most nefarious acts has been committed by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. First reported in the New York Times, Pelosi called the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark A. Milley on January 8th where “Ms. Pelosi appeared to be seeking to have the Pentagon leadership essentially remove Mr. Trump from his authorities as the commander in chief. That could be accomplished by ignoring the president’s orders or slowing them by questioning whether they were issued legally”. General Milley made no such commitments of course, as this would be entirely unconstitutional. Officials talking to the Times went on to assert, “they cannot remove the president from the chain of command. That would amount to a military coup”.
If that wasn’t bad enough, over the course of the last two weeks we have seen the largest alignment of corporate interests with a political party in recent memory. A purge of conservatives across social media platforms, a silencing and removal of competitors such as Parler who were booted from Amazon Web Services hosting. Public shaming by a mob–cancelling–has become a fine way to deal with thought crimes. Humiliation and name calling has taken the place of commentary. Terms of Service have replaced the First Amendment. Corporate censorship of people and ideas is firmly now the norm.
Single party rule is now imminent in Washington. That party has shown itself to be intolerant, hypocritical, and authoritarian on a broad scale since (and before) the election of Donald Trump. The Democratic party has seized power and will now consolidate it by attempting to enact what they have been pushing for years – corporate-led censorship, institutional domination, and a relentless pursuit of political and ideological opposition for daring to hold a dissenting opinion. It’s as though they have never realised what led to the rise of Trump in the first place.