Something very ugly is happening in America, something dangerous, divisive and destructive. And every day, the left-wing media help fan the flames of division, hatred and strife. This must be recognized and repudiated before our nation is torn apart.
Certainly, we are feeling the effects of eight years of identity politics under the Obama administration, during which time racial strife greatly increased in our land. And there's no doubt that the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump have further exacerbated the divisions in our country.
But the left-wing media are adding fuel to this fire by peddling a very dangerous lie, one that equates the vast majority of Trump supporters with Nazis and White Supremacists. Liberal campuses are doing their part as well, declaring war on whiteness itself.
What is the essence of the media's false narrative? It basically says Donald Trump got elected by running an overtly racist campaign, one that appealed to the basest elements of our society, now summed up as the alt-right. These are the people who voted for him, and these are the people who stand by him today.
They hate all Hispanics (and Mexicans in particular), they want all Muslims banished from our country (if not killed) and of course, they loathe blacks, wanting to subjugate them once again.
In short, to "make America great again" means to make America a white supremacist nation.
The problem with this narrative, of course, is that it's patently false. It does not describe the vast majority of Trump's base, and it ignores the fact that Trump did better in 2016 with blacks and Hispanics than Romney did in 2012.
But why quibble about facts? Trump wants to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out, and his supporters shout their support. In the eyes of the left-wing media, this can only mean one thing: racism.
Trump brings Steve Bannon into his inner circle, and Bannon runs Breitbart News, which is the alleged platform for the alt-right. Trump is therefore part of the alt-right, as are those who voted for him, which makes tens of millions of Americans into Nazi supporters and sympathizers. Need I say how dangerous these accusations are?
As for Breitbart, while it is unashamedly strongly conservative, it is one of the most pro-Israel major news sites that exists. Since when are neo-Nazis pro-Israel? Since when does the alt-right hire Orthodox Jewish senior editors like Joel Pollack and have a major pro-Zionist office in Jerusalem?
Rumor even has it that Bannon pushed for the immediate relocation of our embassy to Jerusalem but was opposed by others in the Trump administration.
As for the radical left, typified by groups like antifa (anti-fascist groups), they are largely lionized by the left-wing media, portrayed as freedom fighters with a righteous cause, in no way comparable to the hate-filled, violent members of the alt-right.
The problem for those driving this narrative is that there has been little or no substance to it, that is, until Charlottesville.
Suddenly, the presence of 500 "Unite the Right" demonstrators represented all Americans who voted for Trump, and unless you immediately and continuously denounced those demonstrators, you were marked as a sympathizer. And God forbid you raised any objection to the removing of Confederate monuments, even if for historical purposes. To do so is to be a racist, plain and simple.
And when the president failed to denounce by name the KKK and neo-Nazis and white supremacists the day of the Charlottesville tragedy, that proved he was a Nazi sympathizer himself, as were his supporters. And the left-wing media fuels these fires by the hour.
For years now, LGBT activists have perfected the art of marking their opponents as KKK and Nazis, so the groundwork has already been laid. It just needs a broader application.
And the end game is obvious: Mark as KKK and Nazis all those who do not embrace the radical, left-wing agenda, then treat those bigots accordingly. America's precious freedoms, our freedoms of speech and conscience and religion, surely do not apply to such bigoted lowlifes. Instead those people (meaning you and me, if you are a conservative, especially a conservative person of faith) should be marginalized, maligned and silenced.
And if it takes violence to silence them (us), so be it. As a Dartmouth professor recently argued, left-wing activists "need to preemptively strike to avoid the rise of white nationalists."
Personally, I do not believe most of the leftwing media want to see conservatives suffer bodily harm or be physically attacked. But I do believe they view us with scorn and derision, as very close (if not equivalent to) the alt-right. And I'm quite sure that they are fueling the fires of racial and social division, hatred and strife.
The best way to resist the media's false narrative is to refute the misinformation, do our best to disseminate the truth and make a concerted effort to destroy every lie by living lives worthy of respect and honor, reaching out to those with whom we differ with civility and grace.
And where we see genuine bigotry and division, let us expose it and isolate it, whether it be on the left or on the right.
But make no mistake about it. These are dangerous times.
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. His latest book is Playing with Holy Fire: A Wake-up Call to the Pentecostal-Charismatic Church. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter, or YouTube.
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