Trump his own worst enemy; Biden’s supporters are hypocrites
By Ray Hanania
If there is one thing that came out of Tuesday’s election, besides the important election of Joe Biden as our unofficial president-elect, it is the hypocrisy of American politics, the media and the haters.
The election showed America is almost equally divided with President Trump winning 71.5 million votes while Biden won 75 million votes. Biden won because he managed to, unofficially, take several key states away from Trump and because jealousies divided the GOP.
The allies of the late former Arizona Republican Senator John McCain did everything they could to undermine Trump and they handed the state to the Democrats. McCann was always jealous and angry that the American people chose a reality star and political novice like Trump as president over him, when he was soundly rejected in his battle against Barack Obama in 2008.
McCain never got over it and neither did his selfish allies.
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But Trump was always his own worst enemy. His took real issues he could have justified and turned them into petty, vicious personal attacks.
Trump complained about the hypocrisy and the racism of the American mainstream national news media, but he was more preoccupied with the media haters than with the media that was fair.
Trump couldn’t stop himself from responding to a personal attack becoming even more personal in his criticism. Worse is that Trump lacked anyone with any real communications savvy to define his message, which during his four years was smothered in mudslinging that originated from both sides.
Even in denouncing the election results, Trump did it like a baby rather than a leader who might careful craft his arguments challenging the voting processes that helped Pennsylvania swing the election to Biden. The media, from the major newspapers all the way up to CBS TV’s 60 Minutes responded by calling Trump’s claims “baseless.” Other media called Trump a “liar.” They said Trump had “no evidence” of election fraud, and even repeated their assertion that votes were not stolen.
Are you kidding me? Election fraud doesn’t exist? Have you ever been to Chicago?
While they challenged Trump’s every word, Biden supporters were allowed to accuse Trump of everything including off trying to steal the election himself. It was pure hypocrisy. At no time did the media ever call those claims “fraud,” a “lie” or made without evidence!
Losing the election, Trump’s achievements will be buried under more media attacks over the next four years. Trump had one victory: he redefined the dysfunctional Republican Party that long ago lost its powerful spirit and was taken over by extremists. Trump and the party’s leaders repeatedly failed to denounce the small but growing voices of hate.
The Democrats also failed to denounce the growing leftwing fanaticism and their own extremist racist voices against White America, calling them “uneducated” and repeating Hillary Clinton’s demonization of “the deplorables.” It was Hillary Clinton who was the real “deplorable” and who cost herself the election.
Republicans gained House seats and held back a Democratic takeover of the U.S. Senate. Two seats remain undecided in run-offs held by Republican incumbents in Georgia against weaker Democratic challengers.
The worst part of the election is the hypocrisy of the national news media and national Democrats. The media declared Biden the victor, based on their unofficial collection of vote totals rather than by election board declarations or through election vote certification. While Biden gave a moving victory speech on Saturday night, it was completely unrealistic.
Biden even “borrowed” a version of Obama’s 2008 victory speech. Obama said then, “We have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and always will be, the United States of America.”
Biden’s version: “I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify. Who doesn’t see red and blue states, but a United States.” Has this been Trump the media would have accused Trump of plagiarism. But it was Biden, a politician with a history of plagiarism, and not one word of criticism!
Biden argued America must come together, to make himself look good.
“It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans,” Biden said.
“Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end — here and now. The refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a decision. It’s a choice we make.”
Powerful words. But, given the ugly rhetoric that dominates many pro-Biden supporters against Trump, that is no different than the hate they complained about from Trump supporters, it’s clear America will remain a divided country.
The roar of hate, anger and demonization of both sides will only grow louder, and you can’t just blame that on one side.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter. His political columns are published each week in the Southwest News Newspaper chain and on the Patch online. Visit his personal website at www.Hanania.com.)