Trump in hypocritical overdrive blaming others for anger and division

It’s hardly news that Donald Trump is being hypocritical in blaming the media and others for being divisive, but in his latest claim of the moral ground proves his own divisiveness.

Trump repeatedly encouraged anger against others at his political rallies in the 2016 presidential campaign, and until very recently he continued to do this. And in his rant against ‘Anger’ he does much the same.

Aaron Blake (Washington Post): Trump is unwittingly blaming himself for postal bombs

At a rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday, Trump made a show of supposedly being civil but also cast blame on others who employed harsh rhetoric. He criticized those who “carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains.” He added that people need to “stop treating their opponents as morally defective.”

Trump also pointed a finger at the media — a sentiment he expounded upon Thursday morning in a tweet.

So Trump has now cited three causes for what happened Wednesday: people who villainize their political opponents, people who cast their opponents as “morally defective” and resentment of the media. All three effectively implicate Trump himself.

Nobody in American politics in recent years has so villainized and attacked the morality of their political opponents like Trump. His attacks are routinely about people’s character, rather than allowing for honest disagreements. He has literally appended nicknames to his opponents attacking their morality: “Lyin’ Ted,” “Crooked Hillary” and “Cheatin’ Obama.” Trump at one point before he ran for president even assured us that his critics weren’t just mistaken, but were “born f—ed up.” He has called the media and his female sexual harassment accusers “liars,” repeatedly.

And just two weeks ago, while defending his Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, Trump said Kavanaugh’s opponents were not just wrong, but “evil” — repeatedly.

“You had forces saying things that were evil. They were bad people,” Trump said. When asked whether he was calling fellow Americans “evil,” Trump confirmed that he was: “I know many. I know fellow Americans that are evil. I know — are you saying we shouldn’t say that a fellow American is ‘evil?’ I’ve known some fellow Americans that are pretty evil.”

But perhaps the biggest self-incrimination here is in Trump’s decision to blame this on the media.

It bears noting that only one of the targets thus far was a media outlet; The others were Democratic and liberal figures whom Trump has verbally attacked. If this was truly about frustration with the media, sending a bomb to Joe Biden or Eric Holder doesn’t really make sense.

Setting that aside, Trump seems to be arguing that the media has created such resentment that people are liable to do things like mail bombs to people they don’t like. But here’s the thing: Trump has spent the better part of the past three years egging on suspicions of the media — and often unfairly. There are undoubtedly some fair criticisms in there — the media isn’t perfect and should never claim to be — but Trump has also gone so far as to label the media the “enemy of the American people.”

He has repeatedly denied reports that he and his administration later confirmed. He has attacked anonymous sources as nonexistent even though there was an official White House transcript to prove it. He has made repeated claims about how the media covered him that don’t comport with reality or what he said previously.

Which is what he’s doing now.

Trump accusing others of things he is guilty of is nothing new.

And his rhetoric about reducing anger and division is likely to be thrown out the window at his next rally.

Leave a comment

49 Comments

  1. Reply
  2. sorethumb

     /  October 26, 2018

    I like Trump.

    Reply
    • Gezza

       /  October 26, 2018

      That figures, I guess. Why do you like him, and what don’t you like about him? 😳

      Reply
      • sorethumb

         /  October 26, 2018

        For one thing I firmly believe that countries reach their potential and beyond that more people dilute the wealth and quality of life. For another I don’t believe in ethnic diversity for the sake of ethnic diversity. Birds of a feather flock together. In a growing economy ethnic diversity may be ok but when incomes are flat and house prices are rising -no.

        Reply
        • Gezza

           /  October 26, 2018

          For one thing I firmly believe that countries reach their potential and beyond that more people dilute the wealth and quality of life.
          Ok. Strange – and I don’t agree, and this is not something Trump says or believes so not sure how that fits with why you like him.

          For another I don’t believe in ethnic diversity for the sake of ethnic diversity. Birds of a feather flock together.
          Trump doesn’t have a problem with ethnic diversity as far as I’m aware – altho he deliberately & carefully (not casually, as portrayed) says things that are obvious dog whistles to pick up the white supremacist racist vote – because he’s worked in reality tv and has learnt how to segment and target his messaging to a range of specific audiences. He also knows how to target the black vote. The ultra-honkeys miss that, because they’re thick as pigshit.

          But what do YOU mean by ethnic diversity? Different skin colours? Different cultural norms and behaviours from the dominant one?

          In a growing economy ethnic diversity may be ok but when incomes are flat and house prices are rising – no.
          I agree to an extent. I don’t think ethnicity is the issue, I think cultural norms are. Immigrant folk from cultures more like the dominant one in their country of settlement nearly always fit in better, as do folk from other cultures who want to assimilate as fast as possible (learn the lingua franca, dress the same way, live the same, similar values, including the way they regard/treat females as equals etc).

          Those who don’t, or who come expecting not to fit in but to create their own suburbs or ghettos and speak foreign languages the locals don’t understand, or expect the state (via the resident taxpayers) to provide them with special housing to fit more kids than the average, or to be able to live by different laws, traditions, dress differently, rail against the dominant culture – those are the ones who upset the equilibrium and that certainly produces prejudice and trouble down the track. Always has done if you know much world history.

          Reply
          • Gezza

             /  October 26, 2018

            I need to add, there’s a further group that invariably creates disharmony and anger – large numbers of immigrants or guest workers from anywhere who will work for less than the locals and effectively deprive them of jobs at the same time as they lower their wages. This is a group which will often, strangely, try to assimilate as fast as possible because that increases their employability – unless they are working solely in enclaves where they all speak their home-country languages.

            Reply
  3. The Consultant

     /  October 26, 2018

    “Get in people’s faces”
    ….
    “Punching back twice as hard”

    “Bringing a gun to knife fight”

    “Rewarding our friends and punishing our enemies”

    ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep,’

    I’ll leave it to people to locate the source of those quotes. And there are many more, from the last few months, from the last few years, with nowhere near the amount of commentary we’re going to get from the MSM now. Let alone commentary on various GOP folks getting hounded in restaurants and movie theatres, not to mention being punched and shoved around.

    Not one of those incidents have I ever heard reported on RNZ.

    BTW, when Bernie Sanders was asked about James T Hodgkinson’s shootup of GOP House and Senate members while they practiced for a baseball game, his condemnation and denial were accepted at face value and there were no further questions. Of course.

    Leftwingers wear halos permanently nailed to their heads. They’re “passionate”, the other side is “angry”. Thus does their narrative roll.

    Reply
  4. MaureenW

     /  October 26, 2018

    A fair request from Trump. He’s been bashed by the msm and set up with false narratives and accusations since before he took office, much of which has been created by the Democrats then dutifully leaked and published. Trump isn’t without warts of course, and gives back as good as he gets, but in the crazy environment that has overtaken the political divide in the US, he makes a fair request.

    Reply
    • Gezza

       /  October 26, 2018

      Nah – he doesn’t – he plays dirty and bullshits & has done all his life. He started this mess and neither side will stop until he karks it.

      Reply
      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 26, 2018

        carks it ?

        Reply
        • Gezza

           /  October 26, 2018

          possibly, i haven’t checked 0 shit the new baby pooklet looks about 1 day old it can barely walk its tiny and its just fallen down a bank and can’t get it Elivira is 3 feet unpstream Bluey is freaking and doesn’t seem able to pick it up and carry it to somewhere where it can walk up the bank on some foliage if i try to help he’ll panic and attack me gotta go and start trying to will him to pick it up gently or something farkin hell back later.

          Reply
          • Gezza

             /  October 26, 2018

            * sorry – cant get up it

            Reply
          • Gezza

             /  October 26, 2018

            Ok its managed to scramble up the clay slope maybe 3 feet above the water & Bluey’s plonked himself down just below it as a barrier & managed to calm it and himself down. Sorry folks – I’ll move anything more to General Chat where it belongs.

            Reply
        • Gezza

           /  October 26, 2018

          @ Kitty carks it ?
          . . . . . . . . .
          Definition of cark in English (Oxforddictionaries.com):
          cark
          (also kark)
          VERB Australian informal
          . . . . . . . . .
          Die.
          ‘he’s always bragged about carking it before he hit twenty’
          – – – – – – – –
          Seems either spelling can be used but I suspect cark is more common and I like the look of it better …

          Reply
          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 26, 2018

            Cark – carcase. It does look better.

            Reply
            • Gezza

               /  October 26, 2018

              Please don’t nag. I’m having enuf problems with Maureen now she’s started. :/

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 27, 2018

              Well, excuse us for breathing…..(walks away in very dignified manner)

      • MaureenW

         /  October 26, 2018

        Tell me how he started this mess? Do you mean when he won the election?

        Reply
        • Corky

           /  October 26, 2018

          😃

          Reply
        • Gezza

           /  October 26, 2018

          Maureen the smears and insults and lies started even before he began campaigning for the nomination. That was how he got media attention & he’s continued it. And the funny thing is he’s still getting it, and that’s actually what he wants. And people think he’s actually pissed off. My arse. He was noted by his Cadet Bone Spurs classmates as someone who didn’t care how he won as long as he won and he’s always been proud of it. He conducts his business dealings the same way.

          Reply
          • MaureenW

             /  October 26, 2018

            Gee, I’d have thought they were desirable qualities in a leader – they’re not playing tiddlywinks. Did you prefer red lines in the sand?

            Reply
            • Gezza

               /  October 26, 2018

              Now don’t start Maureen. I’ve been under a lot of pressure here with a blimmin pook baby crisis.

              No – I prefer red lines in the sand to be red lines and a kick up the arse to be delivered if they’re crossed (if it’s actually their business to get involved & be drawing red lines at all).

              But I’d rather have an Eisenhower than a flamin Horatio Gates with the attention span of a gnat and the personality of spoilt brat.

            • MaureenW

               /  October 26, 2018

              He hasn’t destroyed any countries yet😬. It’s been a while since they’ve had a President that hasn’t destroyed another country.

            • Gezza

               /  October 26, 2018

              I just hope he doesn’t end up being the first one to destroy his own.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 26, 2018

              @G, how do you think he could do that?

            • Gezza

               /  October 26, 2018

              Just carry on the way he’s going is potentially one way, Al. It may not be his fault that that country’s so polarised & inter-connectedly rotten in many parts of the political, banking, communications, judicial media and business sectors hat it could rip itself in half and be two separate countries – and even divide up a bit more in those two segments, but he’s certainly happy to capitalise on this for his own personal egotistical & business interest reasons – because he knows how easily influenced by advertising, fake news, wealthy celebrities & billionaires, Christian fundamentalism, appeals to partiotism, Amerika uber alles jingoism, and tv-audience targeting Americans now are, but so do his political opponents. And he’s making foreign foes of America’s friends. The latter I think is a good thing overall. While he complains of them not carrying their weight (true) the US has too much control over their policies, and US policy is for the benefit of Americans. Not anyone else.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 26, 2018

              You are saying that California and New York could break away from the Union? Can’t see it. Too much to lose.

            • Gezza

               /  October 26, 2018

              No I’m not actually saying that, although I suppose that’s theoretically possible if unlikely. I’m saying there are at least two Amerikas. One that worships or supports an egotistical narcissistic bully as a president and one that utterly detests him. And the supporters on either side regard the others with more than just disdain, many of them seem to regard them with disgust. He’s too polarising and its all aoout his ego. His ego has swallowed up the US and they are now the same thing.

            • MaureenW

               /  October 26, 2018

              What do you make of the side that hate Trump, like, say, Hollywood? They’re cheerleaders for the Trump-haters.

            • Gezza

               /  October 26, 2018

              I’m an equal opportunity person, Maureen.

              I loathe both the Trumpist Republican establishment and the Democrat Establishment equally, although probably for slightly different reasons.

              If the Democrats actually had anyone with real Presidential Qualities, Trump would likely be on the outer next time round. Instead they are venal mob of confused obstructors – with either no apparent policies or flagrantly contradictory ones that undercut themselves (eg immigration & border control – I’m with Trump on these – screw sanctuary cities – what’s that crap about? Trump’s basically implementing their policy, it’s just that HE’s not undercutting them at the same time for effing ethnic illegals’ votes).

              To fix the Trump problem the Democrats have to find a leader that will get rid of a lot of their bought and useless congresspersons, and that has some gonads, and that has a working brain, and a moral compass, and a clear, comprehensive plan not a series of outburst and twitter brain farts , and who doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator.

              Either they or the Republicans – doesn’t matter which – need an Eisenhower.

  5. PartisanZ

     /  October 26, 2018

    Should be “hypercritical” I believe … hypo means beneath, below or reduced …

    Await confirmation from Miss Kitty?

    And that’s about all the interest I have in Donald Trump!

    Reply
    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 26, 2018

      Hypocritical’s etymological origin is playing a part, strange as this might seem.

      Reply
      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 26, 2018

        Look it up in an etymological dictionary, PDT, if you don’t believe it,

        Reply
      • PartisanZ

         /  October 26, 2018

        It’s not strange Miss Kitty, your comment … It’s incomprehensible …

        Please explain …?

        Reply
      • PartisanZ

         /  October 26, 2018

        Incidentally, that doesn’t make me PDT … I upticked you

        Reply
        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 26, 2018

          I assumed the PDT to be one who’d do it no matter what I said; I can guess who it is.

          It sounds really odd (I looked up critic/al but was none the wiser, it means what we all think it means) but when I read further in ‘hypocrite’, I saw that it’s from the Greek and means the act of simulating or feigning to be what one is not*….oh, I see, being more than one is or is discerned to be. The person who invented it hadn’t much to do that day. I wonder how people knew what it meant when they first heard it.

          * & more on that theme

          Reply
        • Corky

           /  October 26, 2018

          Parti, while I expect Kitty to dribble on about this uptick/down tick nonsense ( seems some peoples self worth rests on a tick), I don’t believe an intelligent person like yourself should become captured by this trifle.

          Reply
          • PartisanZ

             /  October 26, 2018

            You mean … non-combatant communication Corky …?

            Reply
            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 26, 2018

              Trust Corky to take the opportunity to be nasty.; some people’s self-worth rests upon trying put other, more learned people down. It’s a compliment, I suppose; the poor thing feels threatened by those who are more intelligent and educated than he is, especially, it seems, women.

            • Corky

               /  October 26, 2018

              ”You mean … non-combatant communication Corky …?”

              That’s a creative interruption, Parti. I would prefer Pete remove this non-combative option so people with small egos and smaller arguments could concentrated on making their comments cogent.

            • Corky

               /  October 26, 2018

              *interpretation.

            • Gezza

               /  October 27, 2018

              *concentrate
              No need to thank me I’ve been making little cock ups like that all day myself. Only us great communicators do it.

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  October 26, 2018

    Most of the violence since the election to date has come from the left’s vitriolic hatred of Trump.
    The standards and hyperbolic coverage applied to Trump by media are markedly different to other presidents as well.
    The lack of self reflection on the part of the media here is incredible.
    Trump does talk tough, but a lot of what he says matches the words of previous leaders – just using less syllables – and yet is presented as the Third Reich reborn.
    While these devices are possibly a danger, there was no way any of them were ever going to reach the intended recipients or not be picked up at screening.
    There is a strong element of just another stick with which to bash Trump in the coverage here.

    Reply
    • Griff.

       /  October 26, 2018

      Do you think for a moment the a president that lies his arse of every time he opens his mouth may deserve some sort of bad press?
      Do you think that his insistent attacks on Hillery and the Democratic party may also be somewhat over the top?.
      Then we have labeling the free press as the enemy of the people.
      I could go on but that makes my point.
      Jesus h trumpets are oblivious to the bullshite they get fed.

      Reply
  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  October 26, 2018

    The Left’s vitriol and hate is legendary and the election is simply about whether they can win enough power to impeach and overthrow the President.

    Then they blame Trump for their own hatreds.

    Reply
  8. …and the deplorables are falling right in line with his take.

    Reply
    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 26, 2018

      You have an interesting blog, Daniel and live in a ridiculously absurd place.

      Reply
  9. sorethumb

     /  October 26, 2018

    Reply
  10. Zedd

     /  October 27, 2018

    MrT just cant help himself.. “Today USA…tomorrow the WORLD !!’ sounds familiar..
    oops; nearly fell into a godwin 😀

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s