Just because President-elect Donald Trump has unequivocally disavowed and condemned white nationalists and alt-right types who cheered his victory, don’t expect the left and its media allies to end their hysteria about the orgy of “hate” they claim is sweeping America.
Trump made no bones about where he stands: “I don’t want to energize the group,” he told The New York Times. “I’m not looking to energize them . . . and I disavow the group. Disavow and condemn.” That prompted some alt-righters to complain that they’d been “bamboozled by The Donald.”
What’s really driving this is the left’s desperate denial of the simple fact that Trump emerged victorious by winning over people who’d previously voted for Barack Obama.
If you won’t admit that the left no longer speaks to working-class whites, then it’s easier to blame “a basket of deplorables,” as Jason Riley notes in The Wall Street Journal.
So they point to opportunists like ex-Klan leader David Duke or white nationalist Richard Spencer as evidence that a new wave of intolerance elected Trump.
Bull. Spencer attracted barely 200 people at his conference, with its made-for-video “Hail Trump” salutes. Yet the media responded slavishly with wall-to-wall coverage. Duke realizes that anything positive he says about Trump will be covered — so he keeps praising him.
That such “watchdogs” as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have bought in to this hysteria proves they’ve become blatant partisans. (The ADL seems unbothered by the anti-Israel record of Rep. Keith Ellison, who’s bidding to chair the Democratic Party.)