The leftist media has prophesized that we are living in the final days of Trump. This is a natural corollary to the apocalypse that began for them the day Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States. An aerial view of The Resistance storyline that has been playing out in the legacy media for some time now demonstrates this is not theoretical hyperbole.
Those who oppose President Trump are hard at work actualizing Armageddon, but in pushing this end times narrative, they appear to have missed a few salient points.
The Path to Armageddon
On MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams the prophet Jon Meacham recently averred, “This is a real time Final Days playing out. It’s as if we had [this] almost a webcam inside the White House.”
The Washington Post advanced this theme in a story titled, “Trump is mirroring Nixon’s final days.” The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson penned a piece about the “end stage of the Trump presidency.” Just one week later the History News Network published an article under the heading, “The End of the Trump Presidency Now Looms.” Then there’s Andrew Sullivan who asked, “Is This the Beginning of Trump’s End?” in the Daily Intelligencer.
There’s more – so much more – but you get the point. It seems those on the left have all read the book of Democratic Revelation and are making up scripture as they go. In their warped world, the time has come to topple this presidency. Everything that has been said and done by the establishment media, the Democrats who despise the president, and those within the Republican party who cannot abide the fact that Trump is their commander in chief, signals the final battle is upon us.
And the doomsayers cry out: The end is near. Trump is history.
Unable to accept the truth that Mr. Trump is the man in the Oval Office, The Resistance must objectify, envision and above all actualize these end times. They honestly believe this is what is needed to mobilize forces for the impending assault that will remove a duly elected president from office. Thus, they have laid the groundwork for it and are ready to take to the battlefield for what they see as their final offensive. This is because they believe they have the president on the ropes.
Denialism & Literary Verisimilitude
Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, the left has been deploying an air assault against the American people with multiple sorties. They have constructed an alternate reality through their denialism.
This occurs in the mind when a person refuses to accept an empirical truth that is grounded in reality. It is usually manifested in irrational action “that withholds the validation of a historical experience or event.” According to one academic paper, denialism is “the employment of rhetorical arguments to give the appearance of legitimate debate where there is none.” This concept is often cited in scientific journals but crosses over into the present political sphere seamlessly where gullible minds filled with desperation seek to have their prejudice reinforced.
So how does all this work together for the media deniers and propagandizers within the ranks of organizations like the New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC and CNN? Why they merely conflate the characteristics of denialism with a literary device known as verisimilitude. This is not to be confused with the word verisimilitude which implies a level of credibility and truth. Just because something can be described as having verisimilitude does not mean it’s true, only that it appears to be true.
Verisimilitude, as it is rooted in writing, serves as a literary device that imitates the real world in and through art. Until recently, it was employed most often in works of fiction. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is perhaps one of the best examples of literary verisimilitude. The website Literary Devices offers an example that parallels what we see in the so-called progressive media of America today:
“The theory of verisimilitude leads to the idea of “suspension of disbelief,” or “willing suspension of disbelief,” a term coined in 1817 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was of the opinion that, if a writer were able to fill his work with “human interest and a semblance of truth,” the readers would willingly suspend or delay their judgment in relation to the doubtfulness of a narrative.”
Here’s how Jonathan Swift effectively uses this concept and a brief explanation of how it works:
“… that for above seventy Moons past there have been two struggling Parties in this Empire, under the Names of Tramecksan and Slamecksan from the high and low Heels on their shoes, by which they distinguish themselves.”
Two rival political parties, the Whigs and the Tories, dominated England’s political scene during Swift’s time. In his novel, the fictitious kingdom of Lilliput is dominated by two parties distinguished by the size of the heels of their boots. By relating the trivial disputes between the two Lilliputian parties, Swift relentlessly satirizes the insignificant disputes of the two English parties of his period. He achieves verisimilitude through this.”
Heralds from liberal media outlets employ a new form of this literary device ad nauseum today in an effort to convince the public to suspend their own judgment and accept liberal narratives. By endlessly twisting the words of the president, by taking his comments out of context and by distorting his humor, they can take innocuous remarks and turn them into front-page news that makes Mr. Trump seem like he’s on the edge of sanity.Tel Megiddo
When the president calls MS-13 members “animals,” they can immediately turn this into a storyline that says Trump calls all illegal immigrants “animals.” Then they can quote Nancy Pelosi who says calling people animals is not a good thing.
In this way, their stories have a believability about them that is actually grounded in false assertions.
As members of the media take their bits of human interest and add a dash of truth, stir it up in the cauldron of loathing for the president and dish it out day after day, their readers and viewers begin to suspend judgment in relation to the doubtfulness of this leftist narrative. In other words, some people start to buy whatever left-wing storyline the media is pedaling about Trump at any given moment. Through their numerous memes, they feel empowered and even ready for the Battle of Armageddon.
And this is where they make a crucial mistake.
You see, Revelation – where the only mention of the word Armageddon occurs – is a prophetic look at the final confrontation between God and Satan. It is the ultimate battle between good and evil where God pours out his wrath on the unrepentant and good triumphs for all eternity with the second coming of Christ. Some believe this will mean an actual physical fight will take place on earth; others interpret it as a symbolic or figurative conflict that depicts the final destruction of evil.
As Democrats and the legacy media make their way down the rugged path to Tel Meggido, it might be best if they stopped and read the end of the book, because it just could be that they have begun a fight that they will not win and whose outcome has already been determined.
So, saddle up ladies and gentlemen because the battle is joined. The left is calling for Armageddon and is anxious to send in the ground troops.