Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin signaled a new tact in progressives’ war on President Donald Trump this past Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy”.
The only way to rid themselves of Trump, she declared it to “burn down the Republican Party” until there are “no survivors.”
More disturbing is that Rubin is not some far-left activist member of Antifa. Rubin is the neo-conservative RINO who appears regularly on what claims to be a legitimate mainstream news source.
Rubin’s comments came during a panel discussion of various liberals as they discussed the hiring of former Trump press secretaries Shawn Spicer and Sarah Sanders in the private sector.
The panel agrees with Rubin that anyone who supported or worked with Trump should be shunned. Rubin said, “I think it’s absolutely abhorrent that any institution of higher learning, any news organization, or any entertainment organization that has a news outlet would hire these people.”
She went further, declaring, “It’s not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose. We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party. We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again. They will take this as confirmation that, ‘Hey, it just pays to ride the waves—look at me, I’ve made it through.’”
Brent Bozell, president of Media Research Center sent a letter in 2018 to The Washington Post asking, “for the sake of intellectual honesty, the paper should “cease to identify [Rubin] as in any way ‘conservative.’”
Obviously, both The Post and MSNBC have no intention of dropping the false label of conservative or Republican from the likes of Rubin.
Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro in what could have been a test run for the “Rubin approach” tweeted the names of 44 Trump donors who live in his San Antonio district. Despite an outcry of protests from the right, Castro has yet to admit he crossed the line of political responsibility by attempting to intentionally shame Trump supporters.
Like Rubin, Castro is not some nut-job outlier that exists at the fringe of all the political spectrum. Mainstream Democratic contenders have been very public in their contention that Trump supporters are not only wrong on policy but are white supremacists who are partly responsible for mass shootings.
With the left in full panic mode since Trump declared he would seek a second term, “coming out” as a Republican — or worse yet, a Trump supporter – can be a dangerous proposition.
Since Trump’s win in 2016, the left’s opposition to the president has devolved into outright derangement. When a Trump supporter goes public with their views on the subject, they are often ostracized, heckled, boycotted, see their property vandalized, or even face real physical danger.
It’s bad enough when Gilbert, AZ high school student are targeted by administrators because “Make America Great” again attire on a day set aside to celebrate our country. Now “mainstream” commentators and U.S. Representatives are spearheading the public shunning of anyone who dares support the President.
During the 2016 election Michelle Obama famously said of Republicans, “When they go low, we go high.” Somehow, leftist miss the irony when they use that very quote as a club to pound those who disagree with them into submission.
Sometimes the liberal media lets so-called experts from the private sector do their dirty work for them. Consider Dr. Allen Frances, the former chairman of the Psychiatry Department at Duke University, appearance on CNN.
CNN’ host sat with a straight face and without rebuttal when Dr. Frances declared, “Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin, Mao in the last century. He may be responsible for many more million of deaths than they were.”
When CNN host Brian Stelter received criticism for not questioning Dr. Frances about the statement, he claimed he “was distracted by technical difficulties.” Yeah, right.
Hopefully, these stigmatizing measures only have the same effect as 2016. Part of the polling fiasco then is that many conservatives remained quiet about their political views until they made the noise that mattered – their vote for Donald Trump.
Rubin’s comments mark a dangerous change in the stakes, however. Now, Trump haters want you to suffer for voting your conscience.
But remember what Abraham Lincoln said, “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”