A lot of Republican leaders were content to let President Donald Trump take all the incoming fire from the left as long as they could continue to disassociate themselves from him and his maligned supporters and stay ‘above the fray.’
Some of them were happy to assist Democrats in their attacks, believing in some kind of religious anti-Trump crusade, because he was a ‘threat to Western civilization.’
Many were quietly supportive as Trump, his family and associates were dragged through investigations, congressional probes and criminal prosecutions.
It seems they are finally getting the message that this was never about Trump, only about winning. Now that the entire Republican Party has become targets for the left, the sleeping giant is finally beginning to stir.
For the last three years Democrats have been very successful at driving wedges between conservative factions. In combination with myriad hoaxes being perpetrated against the president, they were able to tarnish his brand enough to win back the House majority and force his supporters back on their heels, pushing many of them off social media and payment platforms.
Many powerful corporations like Google and social media companies Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have made it clear that conservative-supporting subscribers to their platforms are not welcome. They have made up ad hoc rules as they go to remove posts from these users that they deem offensive, selectively targeting them for enforcement.
Supporters of liberal causes are largely unscathed, even if they support violent organizations, make threats or doxx their enemies.
“This is a staggering amount of power to ban speech, manipulate search results, destroy rivals, and shape culture,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at a congressional hearing in July.
“Google can and often does control our discourse…. “We expected tech companies, in the business of carrying others’ speech, wouldn’t favor any side when they did so,” he said. “There wouldn’t be a conservative internet and a liberal internet. There would just be an internet.”
Last Monday left wing protesters congregated outside the home of ailing Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), yelling violent threats and profanities and calling for someone to “just stab the motherf*cker in the heart please.” MSNBC host Chris Hayes last Thursday described the protest as ‘peaceful’. Twitter shut down McConnell’s campaign account for retweeting a video of the mob.
A collective uproar from the right over the shutdown of his account along with threats from the Republican National Committee to quit buying Twitter ads sent a clear message to the company that conservatives were tired of the discrimination they have been receiving under the guise of removing ‘offensive tweets.’ Within 24 hours his account was reinstated.
Conservatives, with the help of Fox News, pummeled Hollywood for promoting NBC Universal’s Hunt, a movie in which “deplorables” from red states came under attack from several rich ‘privileged’ liberals who kidnapped them and tried to murder them for sport.
The planned release of the controversial movie next month has now been permanently shelved, a studio source told Fox News.
This film was rightly viewed as a way to normalize and promote violence against Trump supporters and Republicans as a whole. It signified that the front in the war for power has shifted and Democrats are adopting more militant and violent rhetoric.
Last Thursday Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee tweeted, “You Trumpsters better pray that liberals never gain control of the WH again because we are going to pay you back so f—ing hard for all of this sh–.”
Democrats have jumped at the opportunity to use an August 3 mass shooting to brand Trump and his supporters as white supremacists.
A gunman, Patrick Crusius, who wrote a manifesto filled with hatred toward immigrants, killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. Democrats have used the incident to declare open season on Trump supporters and donors.
They say the El Paso shooter mimicked the president’s language, warning about a “Hispanic invasion” of the United States.
MSNBC contributor and executive editor of Above the Law Elie Mystal last Thursday called for “pitchforks and torches” outside the house of billionaire Stephen Ross, who has come under attack for supporting the president. The real estate mogul invests in companies like Equinox and SoulCycle.
“People of color are already targets under this administration,” Mystal said. “I have no problem on shining the light back on the donors who fund this kind of racialized hate. I mean I go further. I want pitchforks and torches outside this man’s house in the Hamptons.”
On Monday, Joaquín Castro (D-TX), chairman of his brother Julian’s presidential campaign, tweeted an image featuring the names and employers of 44 of San Antonio’s top donors to Donald Trump’s campaign.
Some were influential local business owners while others were listed as retirees or homemakers. Some were also donors to Castro’s campaigns.
“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of @BillMillerBarBQ, owner of the @HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders,’” he tweeted.
Since then many of them have received death threats. One of them, Justin Herricks, owner of Precision Pipe Rentals, told The Hill he’s worried about the safety of his employees. Herricks said he and his company have been trashed. He has been called a “racist piece of shit” and supporter of a “white supremacist.”
Now that Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 are flailing and the party is in disarray, their activists are becoming increasingly desperate. They are already concocting a new round of hoaxes and lies.
If conservatives are going to defeat the left and their vicious political activists, candidates and congressional representatives, they must join together in a united front. They must stand up to their corporate hatchet men in media and on social media platforms. If they don’t, Americans will be confronted with a new era of political extremism like they have never seen.