Monday, September 26, 2022

No Accuracy, No Shame, No Decency

If that's a question, the answer is "no." Ben Stein here states

Well, first of all, the thing that's most apparent right away- as life goes on I wake up every morning- President Trump and President Nixon were kicked out of office for doing exactly nothing wrong and it was just a mob- a lynch mob- that was assembled on the word of, on the words of some crank, uh, some people who have been highly placed in the media.

At least on the basis of this very short video, we don't know who this crank, or these people, are who have been highly placed in the media. We do know, however, that neither President Trump nor President Nixon was kicked out of office. Nixon resigned, and Trump was defeated at the polls by some 81 million "cranks."

Donald Trump did not face a lynch mob; he encouraged a lynch mob. The January 6 committee

heard testimony indicating that then-President Donald Trump — after rioters who swarmed the Capitol began chanting “hang Mike Pence” — expressed support for hanging his vice president, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The White House chief of staff at the time, Mark Meadows, was in the dining room off the Oval Office with Trump at one point during last year’s Capitol attack, the committee has been told. Meadows then left the dining room and informed other people nearby that Trump had signaled a positive view of the prospect of hanging the vice president, the panel heard.

Meadows’ account as it was described to the committee came after some members of the mob converging on the Capitol had broken into chants of “Hang Mike Pence!” Those chants were a reaction to Pence’s decision to accept electoral votes that indicated Joe Biden had won the presidency.

This was not idle rhetoric:

No, Ben Stein and his ilk won't opt for decency.  They won't, because they don't have to do so, confident they will be welcomed back into polite society, even heralded, by the media if it's necessary ever to turn on Donald Trump.

Ben Stein has never run for political office and won't.  He has no reason to be intimidated by Donald Trump and he's not. Yet, he supports the ex-President. He supports him for a reason which the media and Democrats underestimate as a motive for backing Trump. There are many people, especially in the Republican street but many GOP officials, who like him. It was the motivation for the vast majority of individuals who voted for him in 2016 and 2020. 

Most Republicans realize Trump is belligerent, bellicose, and bigoted (though not given to alliteration). Some of those Republicans refuse to criticize Trump because they are intimidated by the 45th President. However, many of them support him because he is belligerent, bellicose, and bigoted.  It's a sad and disturbing fact, but many facts are.


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