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Kathy Griffin and the real US extremism
I’m sick and tired of the anti-Trump jihadists who care more about destroying their political enemy, President Donald Trump, than they do about making American Great. Yes, Great Again! The anti-Trump critics are hypocrites who say and do anything to demonize the American President while turning their backs on their own history of racism, xenophobia, and the discrimination
Published in the Arab News June 8, 2017
By Ray Hanania
I do not know about the rest of you, but I have had it with the extremist critics of US President Donald Trump.
The criticism is so extreme, unfair and hypocritical I think it is damaging the nation.
Trump was elected president in a fair election. He may not represent “a majority of Americans” but even that fact is twisted, distorted and exaggerated. Trump received 46.1 percent (62,979,879) and Hillary Clinton received 48.2 percent (65,844,954) of total votes cast.
Missed in all this is the fact that although Clinton received more votes than Trump, she did not receive the majority of electoral college votes, on which the presidential election is decided.
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No one got a majority of the votes. The Clinton-supporting “jihadists” want you to ignore the dozens of other Americans who also ran, because they do not really support democracy. This minor distortion of facts is symptomatic of the bigger sickness Americans face.
From Day 1, no matter what Trump does, the news media and the “jihadist” Trump haters have spun, twisted and distorted facts to make him look bad. Worse, they are often guilty of hypocrisy and immoral conduct.
I do not agree with everything Trump wants to do. But when has this ever been about agreeing with a politician 100 percent? The best anyone can hope for is 70 percent. Whomever comes closest to representing your views is the “best” candidate for you.
The so-called “Trump ban” against Muslims is not a ban at all. He suspended immigration from only six out of the world’s 50 Muslim-majority countries, explaining their security systems were deficient and needed improvement. His language on Muslims may have been awkward, but to say it is worse than what the US news media and many elected officials have said about Muslims and Arabs is an outrageous injustice.
Just look at what the US Congress and media do to the righteous cause of the Palestinian people.
The so-called investigation into the whether or not Russia interfered in the election has been politically bastardized into assertions that Trump “conspired” with the Russians to thwart our Democratic election.
That is ridiculous. But the Clinton-supporting “jihadists” point to Trump’s previous business with the Russians as “proof” he is sympathetic toward them, ignoring all of the past facts of Clinton’s relations with the Russians.
The disgusting ‘comedian’ crossed the line last week when she held up a fake bloodied head of President Trump, mocking the crimes of Daesh terrorists who have beheaded civilians to spread fear across the world.
The Clinton “jihadists” include the national mainstream news media, the biggest contributors to hypocrisy, double standards and an absence of morality. Biased national news media close their eyes to the ethical lapses of their “friends” while exaggerating those of their “enemies.”
The incident that broke the camel’s back for me was the outrageous, self-serving publicity stunt by that disgusting “comedian” Kathy Griffin.
Griffin has been dishing out hate against Trump and anyone who disagrees with her political and social views. And she crossed the line last week when she held up a fake bloodied head of President Trump, mocking the crimes of the Daesh terrorists who have beheaded civilians to spread fear in the world.
These are images, by the way, that have been promoted and exploited by mainstream news media, which thrive economically on suffering, tragedy and calamity. Did you see their enthusiasm in covering the terrorist attack against civilians on London Bridge this week? They were like vampires wallowing in the bloodied misfortune of others.
So why should I believe the national mainstream news media lies when it comes to President Trump?
Sure, Trump makes mistakes. Don’t they all? But when the anti-Trump “jihadists” make mistakes, they always find a way to blame everyone else but themselves.
Griffin issued an apology, but tearfully asserted at a press conference with her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, that she was the victim of “bullying” by President Trump and “his family.”
Are you kidding me? Griffin has been bullying Trump as much as many of the media’s worst offenders like Bill Maher and CNN host Reza Aslan, who called the US president a “piece of (expletive).”
The righteous indignation is piling up but we do not have to be afraid to call out the holier-than-thou phonies, media hypocrites, and the real bullies.
I may sometimes disagree with Trump, but his critics are the ones that consistently make me sick.
For the Arab world, this most recent spate of attacks by US media celebrities like Aslan, Griffin and Maher only expose the corruption of the mainstream media.
For years, the Arab and Muslim world has been the victim of racism and outright hatred from American leaders and news media. No one listened to the Arab and Muslim world when we complained about that ugly hate, because it was so common.
Yet now as the hatred is redirected toward someone else, we can sympathize and recognize that it is the US’ decayed system of media and democracy, and not us, that are guilty.
(Ray Hanania is an award-winning Palestinian-American former journalist and political columnist. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Originally published in the Arab News, June 8, 2017. Click here to read the column.)
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Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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