Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #5
EDITORIAL | 3/2/2017, midnight
There is no end to President Trump’s irrational behavior and charges. Last week we had yet another example of his disengagement from reality with his assertion that the media is “the enemy of the people.” Trump, you are the enemy of the people, and that fuels our demand that you must go!
His definition of the press and the media as the enemy of the people, along with other authoritarian terminology coming from his aides and surrogates—“economic nationalism,” “deconstructing the administrative state”—are indications that we must be even more vigilant against an incipient fascism.
We are already dismayed by Trump’s policies on immigration, his denigration of women and minorities, his failure to be more forthright against the rise of anti-Semitism and his plan to increase the military budget at the expense of much needed social programs.
But, quite urgent for us is the president’s assault on the media. Nothing is more troubling than blocking certain media outlets from press conferences. While this is a condition we here have often experienced, there is no perverse joy to see members of the mainstream media denied entry.
Trump’s disregard for the media, and the even more incredulous charge that former President Obama was behind the so-called leaks, is something we all should be concerned about because muffling the press and vilifying it is but the first stage of an active oppressive regime. What seems to be bothering Trump more than anything is our propensity to deal with facts and to speak truth to power, particularly when we recognize how blatantly obtuse his administration and policies are.
We are reminded of a quote from that eminent author Hannah Arendt and her voice against totalitarianism: “Before mass leaders seize power to fit the reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of the man who can fabricate it.”
Arendt also warned us about the hypocrisy of tyrants, and her words today are just as valuable and worthy as they were during another troubled period of world history.
Yes, President Trump, we don’t have to look any further than Pennsylvania Avenue to see the real enemy of the people.