The refusal by Democrats to accept Donald J. Trump is unprecedented in American history. While “Bush Derangement Syndrome” was in full force during George W. Bush’s two terms, anti-Trump fever extends way beyond the fringe left that primarily protested Bush.
For one thing, the mainstream media at the time did not actively sabotage Bush or promote his impeachment. If anything, the media carried water for Bush by promoting his “weapons of mass destruction” narrative that resulted in a war against Iraq.
Now, mainstream media outlets, especially CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, are actively working to take Trump down. The bias is not even subtle. For example, CNN political commentator Angela Rye made headlines by refusing to say Trump was her president.
The attacks on President Trump are ominous in that they indicate a lack of willingness to work across the aisle or concede any humanity to the opponent. Instead, Trump and his supporters have become cartoon villains promoted as Nazis or KKK members by an increasingly hysterical left-wing establishment.
The problem is that demonizing people in this manner serves to dehumanize them, giving extreme left-wing activists an excuse to be violent.
Yvonne C. Felarca, 47, is an “anti-fascist” or Antifa member who actively promotes violence against Trump supporters. She has been arrested for inciting and a riot and participating in an assault. (Note how the Seattle Times article reporting on her arrest falsely describes Trump supporters as “white nationalists” as a way to dehumanize them.)
A common tactic of Antifa is to try to incite conservatives to attack them through provocation and outright assault. The left has also been promoting the meme “punch a Nazi.”
If approximately 50% of the American voting public can be deemed Nazis or racists simply for voting for a sitting president, what will the other 50% do? Hysteria among the left has been further inflamed by false reports of “hate crimes” following Trump’s election, many of which were deemed by police to be outright hoaxes.
Truly believing that they are now living in a society filled with evil racists, many liberals are now buying guns to protect themselves and prepare for societal collapse. Others are learning martial arts.
In a Reddit rant that has now become a meme of its own, one liberal wrote: “I won’t be repeating it. My wife and I sold our wedding and engagement rings to buy guns and gun training courses. We won’t let them take our ethnic neighbors some day. We all need to train ourselves to protect our democracy before it’s too late. It sucks that I wake up crying every day now because this is our world. I wasn’t meant to be a soldier I was a cheese maker. I made f***ing cheese. But now I’m a soldier thrown into some Hitler remake god it’s awful.”
“This… is troubling stuff,” wrote another user. “This is the depths of the mental illness these people have been driven to.”
Trump supporters claim they are being “patient” and will not instigate any civil war. Instead, some feel that the left-leaning media is stirring the pot.
“The so called “alt-right”, which HuffPo [HuffPost] claims as the instigator of the new civil war, has a much smaller following, and sphere of influence, than HuffPo,” writes Jblaze056 on Reddit. “This should give everyone an idea of who are the real instigators of this cultural, and potential civil, war.”