Much of Monday’s news was dominated by the coverage of the fake news over the Catholic school boys and the Native American activist in Washington, the unconscionable hatred and violent rhetoric aimed at children over a story that wasn’t even true, and the furious backpedaling and Tweet-deleting by those who rushed to condemn without first making sure they had the facts (and who might be more fearful of lawsuits than conscience-stricken.)
But if there’s one thing you can always count on from the hard-core left, it’s the absolute refusal to admit they are wrong. There are still some out there, bitterly clinging to the narrative that was shattered by the video and witness testimony; still trying to dig up anything to make the case that the boys are really racists or that they were the ones who initiated the confrontation (even though they were the ones who were accosted -- and in showing admirable restraint, they exhibited far more maturity than any of the so-called “adults” who rushed to attack them on scant and misleading evidence.) Just as with the pro-abortion lobby that insists against all scientific evidence that a baby in the womb is just a clump of cells, they refuse to let facts influence their conclusions.
I wrote a book four years ago, pointing out the complete disconnect between our media elites and the people who cover them. Rather than taking my advice to leave their bubbles, venture into “flyover country” and actually meet the people they report on, in the years since, they’ve entrenched themselves even deeper. In talking about Trump supporters only to other anti-Trumpers who’ve never met any, they’ve managed to make the cardinal mistake of all fanatics: they’ve started to believe their own propaganda.
There were unable to accept that Americans voted for Trump because they were fed up with a government that seemed unresponsive to their needs, that called them “racist” if they complained about illegal immigration undercutting their wages and jobs (even though it harms black and Hispanic low skilled workers worst of all) and told them they were out of date and should get training to do something else as their jobs were sent overseas by the thousands. They didn’t want to support a candidate who insulted them as “deplorables” to their faces and refused even to campaign in their states. They liked the idea of “Making America Great Again.” So they took a chance and voted for Trump.
And because the left never admits when it’s wrong, there was never any period of introspection or soul-searching about how their policies had failed the people, or how their arrogance had alienated voters. Instead, it was much more comforting simply to assume that anyone who disagreed with them was either stupid or evil.
And thus we got the phony narrative that Trump supporters in MAGA caps are all just a bunch of violent, hateful, racist, white supremacists. It reduces their political opponents to a sub-human level, and makes it okay to hate them and even socially acceptable to endorse committing violence against them. This is calling “othering” when they accuse other people of doing it. It's very useful for leftists who don't want to confront their own failings, but as the Rev. King warned us, hate destroys the hater as much as the hated.
And so now, we see them viciously attacking innocent young men. And for some, even the emergence of evidence of their innocence is irrelevant. Simply the fact that they wore MAGA caps or are white or Catholic is reason enough to want to commit violence against them, because they look like the image of people they think deserve it.
At the link, a writer for the disreputable website Buzzfeed explains that it’s understandable that “the sight of that face caused a visceral reaction.” She’s referring to the face of a teenager, smiling uncomfortably because he’s being accosted and profanely taunted in public and doesn’t know how to react. But he’s wearing a MAGA cap, so naturally, her visceral reaction is to assume he’s at fault and want to destroy him. This is the result not only of giving in to hate, hubris and prejudice, but of believing your own bull, which might also be why Buzzfeed is so eager to run any piece of garbage as long as it attacks Trump.
Remember the saying from “Love Story,” that “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”? The 2019 version is, “Hate means never having to say you’re sorry.”