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(2,691 posts)
Sun Nov 19, 2023, 09:38 PM Nov 19

Rude Pundit: The Media Won't Make Republicans Own Trump's Fascist Rhetoric

Trump's rhetoric in the last few months has taken the racism and general hatred of anyone who doesn't unabashedly love him and his awful family and amped it into explicit calls to round up and deport or imprison or flat-out murder large swaths of the population. It's not just that he now regularly says some variation of his "vermin" line: "We will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists, and the radical-left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country." That shit is frightening enough.

But he's broadened his targets. Look at this from a speech on November 11, which starts with a rant against the "deep state," that weird imagined cabal of, I guess, people who are loyal to the Constitution and not Donald Trump: "We're going to expel those horrible, horrible war mongers from our government. They want to fight everybody, they want to kill people all over the place, places we've never heard about before. Places that want to be left alone. We will drive out the globalists, we will cast out the communists, Marxist fascist. We will throw off the sick political class that hates our country. We will rout the fake news media until they become real." So the plan is to gut the government by defining, as broadly as possible, the criteria that makes you an enemy to the nation. Along with that, the government will be used to attack the media and destroy it.

What's probably most ironic here is that the "fake news" media Trump is describing is still mostly giving him a pass on this move to openly saying full-on, actually fascistic dictator shit. Sure, they're reporting on it. But they are letting other Republicans get away with not owning Trump or his rhetoric. Today on one of the goddamn Sunday shows, Ron DeSantis was asked about Elon Musk's antisemitism but not Trump's tilt into totalitarianism. Some Republicans have been asked about the "vermin" line, and, predictably, the response is a wimpy half-swat, like 2028 GOP presidential nominee Nikki Haley, who said, "I don’t agree with that statement" before turning to Trump's weird statements about Israel and Hezbollah. Well, groovy, Nikki.

That's not good enough. They need to be asked if they agree with, say, Trump's desire to end the DACA program and deport 800,000 migrants who were brought to the United States when they were children and are American in every sense except immigration status. They need to ask if they agree when Trump says, "We'll stop the invasion on our southern border and begin the largest domestic deportation operation in American history." According to meth-faced Trump advisor Steve Bannon, that means the deportation of 10 million people. Ask Republicans from farm states how they feel about that. Ask if they agree and will support Trump, and ask the rest if they're okay with Trump opening up giant internment camps for migrants and having no due process. Hell, ask them if they agree with shooting shoplifters, as Trump has also said he'd allow.


Rude Pundit: The Media Won't Make Republicans Own Trump's Fascist Rhetoric (Original Post) Bundbuster Nov 19 OP
K&R Blue Owl Nov 19 #1
I look at my computer home page gab13by13 Nov 19 #2
Jodey Arrington is not the least bit bashful about it. czarjak Nov 19 #3
Corporate media love profits, authoritarian control, and a strongman to mow down any interference. Magoo48 Nov 20 #4
Amanpour & Co HighFired49 Nov 20 #5
If only more people watched PBS and other nonprofits... Bundbuster Nov 20 #6
The mainstream media keeps calling Republicans conservative, but this label hasn't fit Lonestarblue Nov 20 #7


(18,885 posts)
2. I look at my computer home page
Sun Nov 19, 2023, 09:56 PM
Nov 19

and the headlines are getting worse. I only go to a handful of news sources but I see the headlines attacking President Biden.

The MSM wants to make it an Ari Melber bothsidesdoit.

With CNN, Twitter, and Univision moving hard right, with AI in social media, we have our hands full this next election.


(10,497 posts)
3. Jodey Arrington is not the least bit bashful about it.
Sun Nov 19, 2023, 09:58 PM
Nov 19

He just loves the poorly educated too. More KKK than Nazi though. It's hard to tell sometimes?


(298 posts)
5. Amanpour & Co
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 12:43 PM
Nov 20

Just watching Amanpour & Co. on PBS. They had a pretty long segment of Dump's nihilistic, psychopathic rants and how they are exactly like Hitler, Stalin, etc., and said that they will revisit this issue often in the future. Hopefully it won't be long until the rest of the media catches on and starts revealing just how dangerous this asshole is for our survival, including the media's. When they realize that he intends to demolish the free press, they may wake up and start sounding the alarm, hopefully, before it too late.


(2,691 posts)
6. If only more people watched PBS and other nonprofits...
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 02:20 PM
Nov 20

but instead we live in a country where rush limpballs was by far the most-watched "news & opinion" figure, where glenn beck was once making $30 million annually. It's murca, folks.


(8,911 posts)
7. The mainstream media keeps calling Republicans conservative, but this label hasn't fit
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 02:22 PM
Nov 20

the Republican Party at least since 2016 and probably earlier. There is nothing conservative about promising to indict political enemies or to create interment camps for migrants and possibly US citizens. There is nothing conservative about the whole Project 2025 book describing Republican plans to turn the government into fascism ruled by a petty tyrant whose every whim must be accommodated. Nor is it conservative to recruit lawyers and other for a second Trump term who believe that the law need not apply to Trump or his top administrators.

Opinion writers sometimes point out the dangers of a second Trump term, but articles would be better calling him and the Project 2025 leaders the extremist fascists they are.

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