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Should We Blame Liberals for Trump-Loving Authoritarianism? Not So Fast

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Jason Dias
Written by Jason Dias

It’s the meme of the moment: But really, should we blame liberals for Trump and the authoritarianism he represents? Maybe, says Jason Dias, this is to blame instead ….

jason-dias-awakeaNewDomain — Here is the narrative that’s been going around since Electon Day: 

Left-leaning Democrats unduly and cruelly demonized half the electorate, using dirty personality politics that ended up driving away too many of America’s working and middle class white people.

If only the left had listened to the concerns of the rural poor and middle classes, so the narrative goes, things would have turned out so differently.

authoritanism fake news white trump supporters But there is a problem with this narrative. 

Only a tiny margin of people separated Clinton from victory in the 2016 election. She won the popular vote by 2.8 million votes, according to estimates that came in just today.

That means the more the late vote comes in, the more Trump is the loser in the popular vote.

And it turns out Trump won only by just a few hundred thousand people in just a few key states — that’s a tiny minority of voters.

And it’s an exceedingly tiny minority of the population generally.

This is why suggesting that liberals made Trump win by being mean to his supporters doesn’t hold up. Saying we all should’ve paid more attention to white male concerns probably just does not do justice to the real issues they care about. And those issues are just a tiny, minority set of concerns, anyway.

We’ll see this come to light more and more as Trump assembles his cabinet and enters his first 100 days in office.

Trump’s voters, a coalition of wildly different white peope, have needs that will soon be revealed to be mutually incompatible anyway. The only thing many of them have in common, really, is a certain kind of genetic mutation that causes the depigmentation you see in pale, white skin.

poor white rich white trump supportersThat’s not much to have in common.

Working poor whites from the Rust Belt do not have many interests in common with either white supremacists or rich, white libertarians.

This edifice must crumble. That is why  we are beginning to see already in policy reversals – so many campaign promises are falling by the wayside.

No border wall, no Clinton prosecution, no repeal of Obamacare on day one, either.

Where does it end?

So back up a second and ask yourself this: If there is not a broad coalition of white, working-class voters whose needs are being ignored, are there other explanations for the Trump phenomenon, deplorables and all?

And who is responsible for this?

The media has called mea culpa on this one. Deservedly so.

So would it really be that surprising to find they had planted the idea that Democrats ignoring innocent white people was the proximal cause of their failure?

How much are their talking heads being paid to repeat the message over and over?

You don’t even want to know.

Yet CNN more or less gave the game away. Fake news became a real and pernicious national problem in this election cycle.

Following the results of the election, remember, CNN president Jeff Zucker admitted that perhaps showing so many Trump speeches in their entirety with no fact-checking might not have been a great idea.

And boy, did Trump ever deliver on the ratings. CNN made a fortune off the Trump campaign, you know.

Letting Trump have the run of the airwaves could only have been a mistake in the light of events — securing the Republican nomination for president, for example.

But the real important thing in America and to American media, too, is clicks, cash and whatever cash you can score from the companies who can afford to pay the big bucks to pimp their products.  

The President-elect is right about this much: The mainstream media really are biased and corrupt, and are out to get him.

We get to look forward to four to eight years of Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee and Saturday Night Live poking fun at the old man. They will use any crude tactics to deflate him. Problem is, only liberals will keep watching.

fake news should we blame liberalsThese production are the left’s version of fake news news: It’s just current events packaged in navel-gazing, self-congratulatory jokes and sly put-downs.

And there’s the problem. Right there. The problem is the media. All the media. All the news, real and fake.

It’s hard for anyone to tell the difference any more.

Even NBC fills its headlines with click-bait sounding adjectives and adverbs. The days of factual reporting, well, they’re behind us now.

Trolling is the order of the day now. And who let them in? Cable news did. It opened the door. And the Internet keeps it ajar.

There is enough blame to go around. CNN is a ratings whore of the first order. Its reporting seems designed to keep us watching rather than to inform us. It was designed that way.

But do you ever wonder how many news stories you missed over the last 600 days because it was all Trump, all the time?

Fox News led the way, certainly, pioneering in some ways the delivery of our daily news in sneering tones, all counter-factual statements wrapped up in condescension.

Academics and comedians tried to point out the logical fallacies and the persistent bias but, as usual, only got the message out to liberals. Conservatives were happy hearing what they wanted to hear, and they tuned in in droves. Hospitals, banks, airports and police stations frequently defaulted to this mad bad source of information.

And when Fox proved impossible to take down, when Bill O’Reilly was permitted to flood the airwaves with misinformation for 20 years, when they withstood all attempts to fact-check them, well, then, someone had to come along and do it better. And they did.

Breitbart is just one of many media outlets not at all interested in what is true. Infowars is another. The list goes on and on. Thousands of fake journalists produce metric shit-tons of misinformation on every possible subject every single day. Global warming, for example: cherry-picked data or outright lies, always packaged with sarcasm and condescension, let us know global warming is a hoax perpetrated by eco-terrorists.

The blame for all this is not on liberal shoulders. Liberals and academics tried to tell everyone they were getting trolled.

We sometimes used trolls to do it (I miss you, Jon Stewart) but the message has been out for a long time. Your news is fake, even the real news is slanted.

People chose to believe what they wanted rather than what was supportable with facts and data.

And I don’t mean just red voters, but enough red voters in battleground states to make a difference. Listening to their concerns would be nihilism because their concerns are built so much on fake news.pizzagate is real fake comet pizza fake news

On Clinton’s fictional child sex ring in a fictional Washington DC basement, aka #Pizzagate, on Planned Parenthood’s fictional abortion rates, on trickle-down economics.

But how can you tell the difference between truth and lies when even The History Channel dumbs us down with stuff like MonsterQuest, Ancient Aliens, Doomsday Preppers and all the other crap? How can you tell when a channel called The Learning Channel runs shows about petulant young gypsy brides, or when Discovery’s hit investigative series delves deep into fake Amish mafia?

The educational channels spew out bullshit and we buy it.

Are there really mermaids?

They make fakeumentaries, entertainment meant to fool us into believing the subjects are real, to make us doubt.

So, no. No, it isn’t liberals neglecting white people or wanting a female president that is the issue.

The issue is our willingness – everyone’s, not just a minority of white Trump supporters who can’t seem to understand global warming – to believe misinformation that supports our prejudices.

Forget about authoritarianism. It’s innocent, this time.

For aNewDomain, I’m Jason Dias – so far as you can prove, anyway.

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Jason Dias

Jason Dias

Jason Dias, PsyD is an existential psychotherapist who breathes words. He's a senior columnist at aNewDomain.

  • I Art Laughing

    She won California. She won New York. Those are very narrow banded liberal locations. So what? They don’t represent most States and we still have the electoral college. So in the real world more votes doesn’t equal more of the country.

  • Einherjar

    I disagree with this article.

    1) Yes, there was a disconnect between white voters and Clinton. Stop downplaying it. It was patently obvious. The name calling and demonizing of the opposing thought.
    2) San Jose was a good thing for Trump and a bad thing for America and Clinton as a whole. No one spoke up really except for the Mayor who blamed the victims. I had friends and family there. That showed the nation real bigotry and how it was downplayed. The Mayor “apologized” but he had to add more insults to Trump.
    3) The media is NOT quite to blame. They are complicit yes but Clinton and her pied piper strategy and it backfiring.
    4) Bill Clinton told his wife to connect with the white voters and she ignored it. Instead she dismissed them and so did the media calling them a whole slew of insults and claiming their problems aren’t real.
    5) Breitbart isn’t fake news. If it is show sources. CNN got caught using fake news (Fox and Christmas Party) and having a cameraman pose as a fake protester. Nothing about that right?
    6) Being lied and deceived by the media people will go to infowars because at least Infowars is honest that they have an agenda.
    7) If she didn’t have DNC and the media feed her answers to the debate and use the DNC to steal the primary maybe she would have won, maybe not… but Bernie had it right. Stop with the racial identity politics and get to class politics. Identity Politics IS a zero sum game.
    8) All the insults rather than reaching out and talking to people. Trump isn’t even in office and people think the sky is falling. Grow up. The media lost all right to be able to fulfill their function. They were blase about Obama when he took office and not actually having an adversarial relationship. Whenever Obama backtracked on a promise it was “oh well” and move on. Then you claim you want that type of relation with Trump? Hypocrisy. Trump doesn’t want to be around the press and sneaks out to eat a steak. “Oh he is so secretive….” Yet Obama had prevented Freedom of Information Act so many times and yet the Press say virtually nothing.
    9) The Press has lost the ability to be objective and hold Trump to task. You were Clinton’s cheerleader throughout the election and by claiming the sky is still falling when the time (or if) Trump has a scandal they will be unable to properly report it due to the belief they are impartial and trying to do a smear campaign.
    10) They need to regain the trust of the American populace as a whole and that means they need a reset with Trump and actually work with him on his terms in the beginning and slowly after a year or two add your terms in and regain the trust of half the nation.