The main theme from all four of the Democratic debate nights thus far has been the urge to save America from a tyrant because the nation is on the cusp of falling. As history has shown, anytime there is an urgency to save the people, it is really an exigency to rule the public from the comfortable, cronyist, and corrupt confines of the capital. But while President Donald Trump has been far from a perfect leader, the Democrats believe that resorting to the go-to one-word dissertation – racism – will somehow portray themselves as exemplary figures. By using their own metrics of what a consummate president looks like, it will be difficult for the next Democrat in the Oval Office to measure up.
Cockroaches vs. Rats
President Donald Trump recently made the planet shake and oceans rise – again – when he referred to Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat, and rodent-infested mess,” adding that “no human would want to live there.” Because the left cannot just agree to a simple statement of fact emanating from the president’s tweets, Democrats convulsed into an apoplectic seizure and immediately declared that his comments were racist and maintained his pattern of targeting black and brown people.
Now, consider another episode. After being victimized and conquered by the hands of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) during the second night of the Democratic debates, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) later accused Gabbard of being an apologist for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Listen, this coming from someone who has been an apologist for an individual, Assad, who has murdered the people of his country like cockroaches,” Harris told CNN. Putting the ladies’ primary spar aside, consider the terminology that the senator used: cockroaches.
Because many people are typically sensible when they are not thinking about President Trump, nobody batted an eyelash when Sen. Harris used “cockroaches” to refer to the victims of a vicious chemical attack. At the same time, however, Democrats and the mainstream media lost their marbles when Trump enlisted rats to literally describe the situation in Baltimore. Or, when he ostensibly called war-torn wastelands “s***holes.” Or, when he nicknamed CNN’s Don Lemon “The Dumbest Man on Television.” These were blunt but honest portrayals of people and places.
Now, imagine if President Trump were to have uttered the same words as Harris? It is quite likely that everyone would have had a hissy fit and printed a similar headline to these: “Trump Calls Syrian Victims ‘Cockroaches’” and “Trump on Syrian Victims: They’re ‘Cockroaches.’”
An unlikely hypothetical? Out of the realm of possibility? Not quite. Remember when President Trump called MS-13 gang members “animals”? The press experienced a collective meltdown, going as far as reporting fake news and claiming he was referring to all immigrants as animals. Or, if they accepted the original story, then pundits grieved that it was dehumanizing language that should not be tolerated.
Heck, even when he clearly stated, “I do not consider myself a First Responder,” the media reported “Trump suggests that he was a 9/11 First Responder.”
Making a Hard Left
Too often, the public views the president as a deity, a divine entity that must be perfect. Republicans have accepted that President Trump is certainly not a perfect human – he is boorish, uncouth, and indifferent to people’s feelings. Democrats, for the time being, expect the president to possess the exact opposite characteristics – refined, polite, and sensitive to everyone’s emotions – in addition to being an all-knowing field general who can solve every problem facing the nation with a phone and a pen.
The key question is: Can Democrats live up to their own standards?
As evidenced during the July primary debates and in-depth coverage in alternative media, all the top-tier candidates have their own skeletons in the closet. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s relationship with Ukraine and China, Sen. Harris’s record as Attorney General of California, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) claiming to be Native American, and Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) brand of socialism are all elements that showcase they are imperfect beings who also happen to display hypocrisy on many occasions. Yet, should any of these Democrats oust President Trump from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next year, they will never be held to the same standards.
We already witnessed this during the reign of former President Barack Obama. Nobody shed a tear on CNN when he uttered “abject poverty,” “no investment,” and drugs to describe the real developments in Baltimore. Celebrities were not crying when the previous administration put child migrants in cages. Journalists were not whining when President Obama met with YouTube personalities.
So, if Harris, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), or former Housing Secretary Juan Castro win the White House in 2020, there is no way they will be called out for inevitably mirroring statements or policies of the Trump administration, whether it is on immigration or trade.
In fact, the leading cable news networks will continually play defense and say this is different, just like they did when discussing Sen. Sanders’s “third-world country” remarks about Charm City.
The Book of Saul
Saul Alinsky, the community agitator and author of the seminal 1971 work Rules for Radicals, had advice for progressives: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” The left has successfully employed this tactic for years. It might perhaps be time for conservatives to adopt this strategy, too: Make the left live up to its own standards. Whenever the next Democratic leader tweets, uses a bad word, or deports an illegal immigrant, then the Fox News and Daily Callers of the world need wall-to-wall coverage. That said, the way leftism has metastasized in the age of Trump, it might not have any standards at all.