A presidential election year primed to be more cutthroat than anything this nation has seen since the Civil War era is less than two months away, and The New York Times is already in mid-season form. The progressive establishment media organ that has spent the past eight-plus years ceaselessly proclaiming that Donald Trump is a budding fascist dictator wants its readers to know that concentration camps are on their way if the former president reclaims the White House in 2024.
It begs a question. Given the alarming state of America today after almost three full years of the Biden administration, can a reconstituted portrait of Trump dystopian darkness still prove effective, especially when it is centered on a topic of grave concern to more citizens than ever: illegal immigration?
Deporting Illegals Is Evil?
“Former President Donald J. Trump is planning an extreme expansion of his first-term crackdown on immigration if he returns to power in 2025 – including preparing to round up undocumented people already in the United States on a vast scale and detain them in sprawling camps while they wait to be expelled,” The Times breathlessly exclaimed in the lead sentence to a lengthy Nov. 11 feature article.
Trump “plans to scour the country for unauthorized immigrants and deport people by the millions per year,” the paper warns. “To ease the strain on [US Immigration and Customs Enforcement] detention facilities, Mr. Trump wants to build huge camps to detain people while their cases are processed and they await deportation flights,” the lurid piece continues. “And to get around any refusal by Congress to appropriate the necessary funds, Mr. Trump would redirect money in the military budget, as he did in his first term to spend more on a border wall than Congress had authorized.”
But is The Times in touch with the times, or simply stuck in its 2016-vintage Trump Derangement Syndrome psychosis? It seems the paper is oblivious to the disastrous surge in massive unchecked illegal immigration under Biden’s watch and its profoundly negative effects on the country.
The American people are in full crisis mode over the issue today. A Nov. 2 Quinnipiac poll found voters surveyed “overwhelmingly support the United States providing more funds to help secure the US border with Mexico.” The count was 73% for and only 22% opposed. Democrats polled were strongly on board as well at 59-34%.
A Nov. 13 report by House Republicans states “gotaways,” illegal aliens who made it past the porous southern border undetected, cost taxpayers a whopping $451 billion a year. Americans buckling under the weight of inflation in Joe Biden’s America will wince at that number.
And Democrat mayors of the nation’s largest cities have made national headlines in recent months by expressing their complete exasperation with the floodtide of “migrants” into their overburdened domains.
“Let me tell you something New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to – I don’t see an ending to this,” Big Apple Mayor Eric Adams said in September. “This issue will destroy New York City.”
This is a Democrat mayor speaking in The Times’ own backyard. The paper covered the story and quoted him directly. Yet it still sees benefit in mining the “Trump’s anti-immigration policies are literally Hitler” approach.
Trump Reich Cometh
Of course, it is certainly nothing more than a coincidence that Biden is dragging out the Fourth Reich references at the exact same time as the leading establishment media outlet in America. Surely, there is no coordinated party line going on here.
“President Joe Biden on [Nov. 14] decried former President Donald Trump’s recent remarks calling his political foes ‘vermin’ as rhetoric reminiscent of Nazi Germany,” NBC News dutifully reports. “During a rally in New Hampshire [over the previous] weekend, Trump vowed to ‘root out’ groups he characterized as ‘vermin’ who act as ‘threats from within’ the US.”
“In just the last few days, Trump has said, if he returns to office, he’s gonna go after all those who oppose him and wipe out what he called the vermin, quote, the vermin in America – a specific phrase with a specific meaning,” Biden said. “It echoes language you heard in Nazi Germany in the ’30s. And it isn’t even the first time. Trump also recently talked about, quote, the blood of America is being poisoned. The blood of America is being poisoned. Again, it echoes the same phrases used in Nazi Germany.”
Note the unmistakable similarities between The Times’ report and Biden’s early electioneering excess. Both include dire existential warnings against a second Trump term in the White House. “If he returns to power” is the way The Times put it, while Biden settled for the less ominous “if he returns to office.” Either way, the specter of a lingering threat is conjured and emphasized.
To understand just how much The New York Times has blurred the lines between journalism and outright partisanship, one need only spend a few minutes researching past articles by its stable of reporters.
Maggie Haberman, one of three bylined writers of the Nov. 11 immigration hit piece, was also one of three bylined writers on a June 2020 Trump-smacking article as the Summer of George Floyd was about to commence. The same bombastic style and opinionated, sweeping conclusions are all to be seen in the “reporting” on Trump’s stubborn defense of racism as America clamored for social justice:
“Yet with public opinion shifting quickly on racism in America, and even some of the most cautious leaders and institutions talking openly about discrimination and reconciliation, there is still one glaring outlier: President Trump.
“Whether it is suggesting shooting protesters or siccing dogs on them, pre-emptively defending the Confederate names of military installations or arguing that his supporters ‘love the black people,’ Mr. Trump increasingly sounds like a cultural relic, detached from not just the left-leaning protesters in the streets but also the country’s political middle and even some Republican allies and his own military leaders.”
There is only one word to describe “journalism” such as this: silly. Alas, for Americans, in summoning the ghost of Adolf Hitler 12 months in advance, Joe Biden and The New York Times have let the nation know that 2024 is poised to be even more over-the-top ridiculous than 2016 and 2020 combined.