British Liberal Piers Morgan is not happy with his friends in America. He just can’t understand how liberals can be so hypocritical and perverse in their opposition to President Trump.
To be clear, he understands why they oppose Trump… he just doesn’t understand how they can defend using such violent and troubling rhetoric in their attacks.
Morgan starts near the beginning with Madonna’s “Women’s March” attack on the Trump presidency:
Madonna started this disturbing trend by screaming at the Women’s March the day after the Inauguration that she dreams of ‘blowing up the White House.’
Following this outrageous comment, which attracted global headlines, death threats were aimed at the new president on an unprecedented scale.
Dataminr reported that in the next two weeks alone, more than 12,000 posts with the words ‘assassinate Trump’ were made on Twitter.
The threats have carried on coming, many of them far more serious than a Twitter post, with Secret Service working 24/7 to stop myriad plots to attack POTUS.
Yet this hasn’t stopped people who should know better from fanning the flames.
He then skips over a few months (and thousands of threats) to Kathy Griffin:
Two weeks ago, comedian Kathy Griffin posted a photograph of herself clutching an image of Trump’s severed, blood-splattered head.
It was a just a joke, she wailed, when all hell broke loose.
Really, Ms Griffin?
You think it’s funny to hold your president’s severed head to a camera at a time when ISIS barbarians have been doing just that to fellow Americans?
‘Like many edgy works of artistic expression,’ explained her attorney Lisa Bloom, ‘this could be interpreted different ways. But Griffin never imagined it could be misinterpreted as a threat of violence against Trump. That was never what she intended.’
That’s exactly what Griffin intended. She wanted everyone to look at that photo and imagine Trump being murdered by decapitation. There is literally no other thought process it could possibly inspire.
Finally he brings us to the Shakespeare in the Park retelling of Julius Caesar, with Trump as Caesar getting assassinated by minority and female Senators:
No sooner had the Griffin furore calmed down than a similar new one has erupted.
This time, it involves New York’s non-profit Public Theater and its new production of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park.
The play portrays Caesar as a tempestuous, petulant blond-haired businessman in an expensive business suit with an American pin flag and over-long ties who takes baths in a gold bathtub…
It ends with Caesar/Trump being brutally murdered by Roman senators who fear he has become too power hungry.
Only in this case, the assassins are all women and minorities, two groups that Trump has been accused of marginalising.
There is zero doubt the play’s producers want us to believe it’s Trump.
The New York Daily News said the production ‘imagines the Roman ruler as a blond, swaggering egotist who’s a dead ringer for the current occupant of the Oval Office. And he gets murdered for his hubris and hunger for power.’
Even the New York Times review last week stated that it ‘takes onstage Trump-trolling to a startling new level.
Morgan explains that the director of the play says that ‘Anyone seeing our production will realize it in no way advocates violence towards anyone.’ Except that, of course it does. The entire play is performed with the premise that Trump is somehow a modern day dictatorial Caesar who at the end of the play is murdered by the people that liberals think he is marginalizing.
Morgan finally lectures his liberal friends, reminding them that their fixation on bringing violence upon their opponents is dangerous and that the real way to oppose your political opposition is through debate and the ballot box.
The way for liberals to beat Donald Trump is not by wishing him dead.
It is by using everything in the American democratic system to defeat him by fair means not foul.
That means at the ballot box, in the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 general election.
And it means by putting constant pressure on lawmakers to enforce every check and balance in their power to keep Trump’s more Caesar-esque aspirations at bay.
Just as they have been doing on things like his travel ban…
That is how US democracy works, not through a knife or gun.
I may be cynical but I think that Morgan may be too late with his advice.
Across America, and the world, liberals seem to have embraced the idea that violence is a useful and acceptable tool in their oppositional efforts. Groups like Antifa and the Black Bloc have fully endorsed the use of violence against their opponents and now even argue for a fascist interpretation of freedom. Ironically, these groups were supposedly founded to oppose “fascism” but have instead fully embraced the violence, rhetoric, and philosophy of fascism.
It’s not just the extremist groups either, but as Morgan points out, mainstream liberals have also taken to defending and even using similar methods to oppose their conservative opponents.
We are on the cusp of a very dangerous era in Western politics and we need more liberals like Piers Morgan standing up and speaking out if we want any hope of ending the insanity before it’s too late.