Monday, October 24, 2016
What Does Breitbart America Look Like?
The longer this campaign goes on, the more of a disconnect there seems to be between the right and the left. The polls, for instance. The legit polls, at least the ones I think of as legitimate although Trumps fans believe they are rigged in Hillary's favor, all agree that she currently has a huge lead nationally. This would be the mainstream media - the main networks, the top newspapers, respected polling groups like 538, Quinnipiac, Marist, etc. - known as the lamestream media to conservatives. Yet, if you go to Breitbart and some of the other right-leaning sites, it is a completely different story. They show maps that indicate Donald Trump's total domination of the electoral college. Instead of losing or even being close in the swing states, they show Trump crushing Hillary.
And their followers believe it with all their hearts. I'm on the Hillary side but I'm still careful not to be overly complacent. I almost never predict, not just in politics but in anything else. I'm afraid I'll jinx my team so I'm cautious even when all signs point to a victory. I never cheer until the last lap or the last batter is out or the last election results are in.
Not the Trump people. They have not the tiniest hint of a doubt. Are they so enclosed in their bubble, they don't even realize the polls are so divergent? Is it a strategy on the part of the alt-right so that when Donald loses, his fans won't believe it? It is a planned tactic to cause conservative Americans to lose even what bit of faith they still have in our system? And why would anyone want to accomplish this?
And while this is going on, the allegations about Hillary become more and more fantastical. She had Antonin Scalia killed (I can't even keep track of how many deaths they think she is responsible for). She literally funded ISIS. She is going to institute Sharia law as soon as she takes all our guns. She going to jail as soon as.....well, whatever. But maybe she won't even live to be put behind bars because she has a brain tumors, Parkinson's and a host of other debilitating and/or terminal ailments. All these come in the way of breathless, screaming headlines as if they are some new revelation we haven't heard before. (BENGHAZI!!!!!) Right-wing evangelical ministers prostitute themselves by urging us to believe that God himself wants Trump to win.
The purveyors of this nonsense have to know that what they are writing isn't the truth so why do they do it? Do they want to stoke the anger that is bound to come when all these fervently-hoped-for predictions don't pan out? Will the Trump folks turn on those that lied to them or will they believe they've been screwed out of what was rightfully theirs once again? Unfortunately, my guess is the latter.
What I don't understand is what their end game is. I've always thought of myself as a Democrat-leaning moderate (although conservative friends now tell me I'm a bleeding heart, koolaid-drinking liberal). I'm in the mold of Hillary Clinton. I think we need improvements but I also believe you have to be willing to compromise to achieve progress (that's assuming your opponents will compromise with you and considering the obstruction President Obama has faced, I have my doubts about that).
So, I truly don't understand what the other side wants. I don't know what the America they see after they "take it back" looks like.