Posted on: April 24, 2021 Posted by: Anna Lee Comments: 0


New York Instances columnist David Brooks wrote a nasty column for Friday’s paper headlined “The G.O.P. Is Getting Even Worse: Trumpians are having a venomous panic assault.” Naturally, the PBS NewsHour singled it out for consideration on Friday night time, and his liberal counterpart Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Submit and MSNBC liked it.

Judy Woodruff introduced it up she complained Republicans are resisting Nancy Pelosi’s plans on a 9/11-style fee in regards to the January 6 riots. (On Monday, PBS devoted solely 20 seconds to the information that Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick died of strokes, not from rioter violence.) Capehart warned of the “rise of far-right extremism,” which led proper to Trump voters.

Brooks cited one ballot the place folks have been requested, “Do you assume politics is for insurance policies or do you assume it is for nationwide survival? Greater than 50 p.c of Trump voters assume it is about nationwide survival. Solely 19 p.c assume authorities is about insurance policies.” He warned Trump voters assume they must “armor up. They must get violent.” 

This ballot is not fairly obtainable on-line. However what sort of pollster asks if the federal government is “about insurance policies”? It is like calling and asking is meals about consuming.

Then Brooks touted an Economist-YouGov ballot: 

In one other survey query, folks stated, which of those two feedback do extra agree with, it is a huge, stunning world crammed with people who find themselves principally good, or our lives are threatened by criminals, terrorists and unlawful aliens, immigrants? Seventy-five p.c of Biden voters supported huge stunning world; 66 p.c of Trump voters supported our lives are at menace.

The precise query was: “It’s an enormous, stunning world, principally full of excellent folks, and we should discover a technique to embrace one another and never permit ourselves to change into remoted” or “Our lives are threatened by terrorists, criminals and unlawful immigrants, and our precedence ought to be to guard ourselves.”

That is worded in a approach that the majority conservatives hear it as “Are you a woolly-headed globalist hippie, or do you assume armies and law enforcement officials and the Second Modification are obligatory?” These folks cannot think about that Trump voters might have been expressing pessimism about potential rioting after the Chauvin trial, that there is a surge on the border, and so they do not belief the Democrats to protect legislation and order within the huge cities they run.

Even Philip Bump of The Washington Submit thought the questions have been hyperbolic (he singled out the “huge stunning world” half, however the pessimistic is simply is worse.) “The latter is a bit over-the-top, for one, like one thing you may learn on a sandwich board outdoors a small espresso store in Santa Cruz, Calif. However that’s the purpose. Folks have been requested which excessive they discovered extra carefully mirrored their very own sentiments. And most Republicans selected the one about the necessity to hunker down in opposition to shadowy risks, at the same time as a ‘undecided’ choice was obtainable.”

This implies the ballot was a “push ballot” destined to offer Brooks his nightmare situation of extra violent Republican rioters and make Democrats seem like great individuals who love a “huge stunning world.” Possibly some selected “hold up on the pollster” as an choice.

Capehart may solely add: “We’re not going to have the ability to maintain the enterprise that’s America collectively so long as one of many two main events on this nation, one, does not govern, and, two, offers voice to and offers cowl for home terrorists, racism, and the perpetuation of white supremacy. We is not going to survive if that’s the approach the Republican Occasion will stay.”

As ordinary, PBS desperately wanted any sort of steadiness or pushback to this liberal hootenanny. The Brooks column additionally feinted to the “excesses of the social justice motion,” however PBS wasn’t going so as to add that half. 

This one-sided spectacle on the PBS NewsHour dropped at you by Client Mobile and Johnson & Johnson. 

A transcript is under.

WOODRUFF: David, your column right now in The New York Instances, you carry, frankly, a sobering warning about what’s occurred to Republicans since President Trump left workplace. Spell out somewhat of what you are seeing and what your concern is.

BROOKS: Sure, nicely, a few of us had hopes that, when Trump was not spewing hate from the Oval Workplace, life would relax. The truth is, the Republican Occasion has grown extra radical, extra radical in a particular approach. It is change into extra catastrophically pessimistic. In a single ballot, folks have been requested, do you assume politics is for insurance policies or do you assume it is for nationwide survival? Greater than 50 p.c of Trump voters assume it is about nationwide survival. Solely 19 p.c assume authorities is about insurance policies.

In one other survey query, folks stated, which of those two feedback do extra agree with, it is a huge, stunning world crammed with people who find themselves principally good, or our lives are threatened by criminals, terrorists and unlawful aliens, immigrants? Seventy-five p.c of Biden voters supported huge stunning world; 66 p.c of Trump voters supported our lives are at menace.

And so this is a bunch of people that really feel the very existence of the nation they know is threatened and they must armor up. They must get violent. They’ve to arrange for the approaching conflagration.

And that is only a horribly pessimistic mentality in a rustic the place democracy is determined by us having religion in one another and having some sense of psychic safety. And in order that deep, deep pessimism is, I am afraid, radicalizing the social gathering, and ongoing.

WOODRUFF: Jonathan, ideas on that?

CAPEHART: I learn David’s column, and I believed it was terrific. And it’s a sobering warning for the remainder of the nation. What has occurred to the Republican Occasion, it is horrible for governance, however it’s additionally horrible for the path that the nation goes in, particularly a rustic that’s altering demographically as shortly as the US.

We’re not going to have the ability to maintain the enterprise that’s America collectively so long as one of many two main events on this nation, one, does not govern, and, two, offers voice to and offers cowl for home terrorists, racism, and the perpetuation of white supremacy. We is not going to survive if that’s the approach the Republican Occasion will stay.



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