The piece in question is one published in The Daily Banter. The author is Justin Rosario, self-described as a “center-left Jewish-Puerto Rican atheist liberal.” His essay came out just before Thanksgiving, and he titled it, Yes, You Should Shame Your Trump Voting Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner
(They’ve gone beyond politics and should be treated like the pariahs they are).
Here are the guts of it, when he explains exactly what your Trump-voting relatives “are”:
They’re the people in Germany who stood by and watched the Jews be herded into concentration camps and murdered. Except they’re worse because at least the Germans had never seen anything like the rise of Hitler before. They had no frame of reference to understand what was happening to their country. Your Donald voting relatives have heard and read about Nazis their entire lives. They know and they didn’t care.
Yes, they will have a million excuses for why they voted for someone they knew was a monster but they’re all bullshit. It wasn’t the economy. It wasn’t ISIS. It wasn’t unemployment. It wasn’t Hillary’s emails. It wasn’t Bill’s affairs. It wasn’t Washington corruption. Every single reason they give is a lie and they know it. They wanted one thing and one thing only: To take “their” country back from that fucking n*gger in the White House. That’s it. End of line. Full stop.
Your Donald voting relatives were so freaked out that a black man was president that once Donald told them it was not just permissible to be racist but necessary, they leapt at the chance to put Those People back in their place. And in doing so, they knowingly elected a man that will be all the things they were so afraid Obama was going to be: A tyrant. A dictator. A bully. An autocratic pig that will disregard the rule of law and treat America like his own personal playground. A brutal despot that will silence the media, arrest his political opponents and use the full power of the government to destroy his enemies.
1. If anything qualifies as hate speech, this does. Its only objective is to create hate—not illumination, not truth, not perspective, just plain, unreasoning, blind hate. The fact that the objective is to foment hate against one’s own family is especially sinister, and demands attention.
2. Rosario’s objective is the a complete commitment to social schism, assigning the worst qualities imaginable to those whose offense to civilization was disagreeing with the writer’s highly flawed choice for President. No intellectual, qualitative, analytical explanation for the damning vote is conceded: it must only be an endorsement of evil.
3. This is a pure form effort to de-legitimize the Trump victory and impending Presidency by not only demonizing him, but the Republican Party and anyone who voted for him. It is a rejection not just of Trump, but civil debate, democracy, dissent, and opposing political views. Only we are right and good, Rosario believes. They who disagree with us must intend evil, be motivated by evil, are evil.
4. This is, in method and motive, a totalitarian screed—ironic, since among the evils Trump is found summarily guilty of is a totalitarian mindset. It is, in fact, Trump’s opposition which, after labeling him anti-democratic for not pledging to accept the results of the election, is now attempting to undermine the election and democracy in every way possible: seeding fear, protesting the results, demanding a change in the rules, denying the legitimacy of the Electoral College, holding futile recounts, and, of course, “shunning” and denigrating the half the nation and its values.
5. Either Rosario is a world contender for the Lack of Self Awareness Championship, or he is intentionally hypocritical. He engages in racism to accuse others of being racist. He employs hate to accuse others of hate. He makes gross and unsupported assumptions about a man and his supporters, the essence of bigotry.
6. Elsewhere in the same article, the author wields unconscionable and hypocritical weapons against Trump and his supporters, guilt by association, that old standby of red-baiters, prime among them. When Obama’s links to figures like Reverend Wright and William Ayers, and the support of the New Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam were used to tar him in 2008, the left was apoplectic. Now that some unsavory groups and individuals support Trump, the same individuals who defended Obama from guilt by association are using that support to smear Trump.
7. The despicable essay is one of many traveling the web with the purpose of inciting mindless fear in the vulnerable, ignorant, gullible, weak-minded and paranoid. Fear is the main weapon of choice the Left has settled upon to undermine the new, duly-elected President before he has spent a day on the job. The ahistorical and defamatory comparison with Hitler is the prize lie: nothing, and I do mean nothing, Trump has ever done, said or promised either echoes Adolf Hitler or hints of fascism.
8. Anyone who seriously thinks Donald Trump is a “monster” doesn’t know what a monster is. This is an ad hominem attack based on animus rather than truth. Advocating enforcing the immigration laws does not make someone a monster. Admitting that there is an inherent problem allowing into the country many members of a foreign culture that resist assimilation and includes significant numbers of individuals prone to terrorist acts does not make someone a monster. Even blurting out half-baked and constitutionally ignorant ideas for addressing the problem doesn’t come within 500 furlongs of justifying calling someone a monster. Opposing Obamacare doesn’t make someone a monster. The increasing theme of progressive political activism for the past eight years has been that anyone who doesn’t agree with progressive cant is a monster…and that itself is monstrous.
9. Some Ethics Alarms readers get upset when I point this out, but again, the constant last ditch defense against criticism of Barack Obama on the merits (his eight years have been a disaster of historic proportions, especially for his party) is that his critics are racists. This has been used as an illicit tactic to block media criticism, political criticism, and even the barbs of comics and satirists. Never in U.S. history have the deplorable results of a President’s leadership been so out of proportion to the criticism of them, and these are the primary reasons: intimidation and race-baiting. The strategy has been effective, but has come at a terrible cost, gouging deep and widening racial and partisan divisions in society.
9. I believe that Rosario is sincere, and that he is one of those souls who, after eight years of being told that anyone who opposes the President who rammed a massive, expensive, flawed health insurance plan down the public’s virtual maw using a lie to do it (I don’t have to repeat the lie, do I?), does not appreciate being told the national debt would be decreased only to see it raised by a staggering seven trillion dollars…doubts the efficacy of a President who presided over scandalous incompetence in one agency and department after another, usually with no accountability resulting, exchanged five terrorists for a deserter, paid millions for terrorist hostages, and agreed to release billions in funds to a terrorism sponsoring state pledged to wipe Israel off the map in exchange for a promise that past experience says that nation will not keep…doesn’t trust the judgment of a POTUS who let Syria explode into an international disaster after botching an intervention in Libya and destabilized Iraq after it was finally under control and allowed his allies and a partisan and politicized Justice Department to undermine law enforcement and a great deal more…must be a racist, since that is the only reason any sentient citizen would ever find fault with such things.
10. I believe that thus deranged, Rosario really embraced the Bizarro World logic that no informed citizen who eschews the opportunity to vote for an all-white national ticket headed by Presidential candidate who seems incapable of telling the truth, admits in speeches to a Wall Street firm she was paid $600,000 to give that she has a public position and a real position, attacks her opponent for being a sexual predator after she rose to national power through her loyalty to another sexual predator who will follow her into the White House if she gets there, at various times proposes to remove constitutional rights from individuals “under suspicion” without due process of law, to make flag-burning a crime, to limit access to guns or confiscate them like Australia, uses her position as Secretary of State and expected election as President to raise millions from nations expecting favors and assistance, all after pledging to Congress that she would not, and whose surreptitious and bungled violation of her own department’s policies on handling official communications, destruction of likely evidence and trail of lies in an attempt to deny doing so nearly got her indicted and probably should have...could do so without being—wait, what?–a racist.
11. What possible motive could a pundit have for spreading this assertion about half the country, and deliberately promoting it to fellow Clinton voters regarding their own family members? The only one I can see is to try to drive the nation into civil war. What other motive could there be?Trying to divide the nation into incompatible groups based on hate and distrust is unethical. Why do I even have to write that?
12. Speaking of Hitler, how is spreading this outrageous, illogical, hysterical Big Lie to turn children against parents, sibling against sibling, black against white and generation against generation any less sinister than what the Nazis did to turn Germans against the Jews? And Rosario calls Trump a fascist.
13. When I read the revolution-tinged rhetoric from friends who I know—know—to be good and reasonable, if politically naive, too easily manipulated by propaganda, and still trusting of a news media that is untrustworthy, and hear the genuine fear from African-Americans, other minorities, mothers, women, gays and just ordinary Democrats, it is clear that no normal and rational analysis would cause them to let their emotions run wild this way. This fear, which can only exist if one believes that Republicans, conservatives and half the nation would submit to this imaginary Trump-Monster and allow his plans to reduce the U.S. to a Nazi Germany clone, has been created and inflamed by unethical published essays like this.
14. We should not just shrug off these pieces as inconsequential ravings of the hyper-partisan, because they are more than that. There are many of them, and they are tearing the country apart. They are posted with approval in the social media every day, and their poisonous effect is undeniable. The act of rebutting and condemning them is a bi-partisan civic duty.
UPDATE: Just so you don’t think this kind of hysterical fear-mongering is restricted to mouth-foaming wackos, here’s Neil Gabler writing on the website of PBS icon Bill Moyers:
America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide…It turned out to be the hate election because, and let’s not mince words, of the hatefulness of the electorate. In the years to come, we will brace for the violence, the anger, the racism, the misogyny, the xenophobia, the nativism, the white sense of grievance that will undoubtedly be unleashed now that we have destroyed the values that have bound us….Who knew that so many tens of millions of white Americans were thinking unconscionable things about their fellow Americans? Who knew that tens of millions of white men felt so emasculated by women and challenged by minorities? Who knew that after years of seeming progress on race and gender, tens of millions of white Americans lived in seething resentment, waiting for a demagogue to arrive who would legitimize their worst selves and channel them into political power? Perhaps we had been living in a fool’s paradise. Now we aren’t….