Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

On the Left's Political Hate for Republicans, as well as the President and his Voters

November 19, 2017 --

Any Republican who thinks that the focus of political hate on the left is aimed only at President Trump is clearly mistaken. Republicans might consider merely the opening sentence of the October 15, 2015 lead editorial in The New York Times, "The Grown-Ups take the Stage," --"It was impossible not to feel a sense of relief watching the Democratic debate after months dominated by the Republican circus of haters, ranters and that very special group of king killers in Congress."

This is not to deny the venomous nature of Trump-hate, which extends beyond the president to his family. Just consider the November 12 article in the Times's Sunday Review, on Shalane Flanagan, women's winner of the New York City Marathon, November 5, which reached out to send a barbed comment to Ivanka Trump!

And four days later, a November 9 editorial asserted that "the president stews in a hate-filled bubble, appealing only to the shrinking fraction of Americans unrepulsed by his behavior." Hmm. Looks like on the left. Trump-hate extends to anyone who voted for President Trump.

Actually, what has President Trump done, as president that is so terrible -- apart, of course, from having been elected, for which the left ought to blame the voters of the states that gave the president his Electoral College majority? 

After all, no newspapers that are anti-Trump have been closed down; no one who mocks the president has been jailed. 

(Compare this traditional American  record of freedom to the stifling of liberty in, say, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe, where,  The New York Times reported, November  10, that  Martha O'Donovan, 25, a U.S. citizen was arrested for, among other things, insulting President Robert Mugabe, 93.   The New York Times, November 15 reported that the Zimbabwe military has "taken custody" of Mugabe.  In a follow-up story, November 16,  on the Zimbabwe military's move against Mugabe, who has been in power since the country became independent in 1980, the Times reported that Mugabe suppressed his opponents, "often brutallly.") 

By the way, Rasmussen reported, November 13, that the President's approval ratings are moving up -- to 46%.