The Dogs Are Barking, But the Caravan?

Post-election, the newspapers and talking heads have picked up right where they left off last Tuesday. They are in full anti-Trump mode. They try to convince us that a handful of alleged incidents of Muslim girls having their hijabs torn off constitutes a wave of terror that Trump is obliged to denounce. Never mind that some of those incidents, at least, are hoaxes. My guess is that most of them are.

On the other hand, reporters don’t demand of Democrats that they denounce the rampaging mobs of crackpot leftists who have set multiple cities on fire, attacked police officers and beaten several Trump supporters senseless. On the contrary, for the most part the press takes a “boys will be boys” attitude toward these far more serious transgressions.

They try to turn Steve Bannon into a Trump administration liability by portraying him as an ogre with smears that generally have zero basis. Meanwhile, they completely ignore the unsavory history of the soon-to-be-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison. Ellison, unlike Bannon, has actually been a prominent member of a racial hate group. But that is OK with the liberal media.

As Paul noted earlier, the post-election craziness got a little more sinister with the Left’s effort to brand voting for Donald Trump as a “hate crime.” That absurdity isn’t too far afield from the manner in which supposedly more responsible observers are talking about the election.

What I don’t understand is, what is the point? The liberal press has smeared and hounded Donald Trump this way from the beginning of the general election campaign. It didn’t work. Trump won. Do liberal reporters really think that voters who couldn’t be swayed by months of anti-Trump propaganda will now turn against him, after he was won the presidency? One wouldn’t think so. Maybe there is some deeper, more subtle strategy at work. Or maybe the reporters and pundits are like a dead frog whose legs are still kicking. Smearing Trump and the GOP is what they do. How can they stop? What would be left for them?

So the dogs are barking (or, in many cases, whining). As the Arab proverb has it, the dogs bark but the caravan passes by. That is what Trump and his staff should do: ignore the woofing dogs and move forward with the job of assembling an administration. Much as it might like to, the press can’t stop them.

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