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Anti-Trump Journalist Makes The Case For Trump

Leftwing journalist and co-founding editor of The Intercept Glenn Greenwald recently made one of the best cases for Donald Trump that we’ve yet seen – even as he denounced Trump and reiterated his opposition to Trump’s conservative – populist candidacy. 

“Do you think the people voting for Donald Trump because they feel their economic future has been destroyed, Donald Trumpor because they are racist, or because they feel fear of immigrants and hate the U.S. elite structure and want Trump to go and blow it up, give the slightest shit about Ukraine, that Trump is some kind of agent of Putin? They don't! Just like the Brexit supporters. The U.K. media tried the same thing, telling the Brexit advocates that they were playing into Putin’s hands, that Putin wanted the U.K. out of the EU to weaken both. They didn't care about that. That didn't drive them,” Greenwald told Slate’s Isaac Chotiner. 

Greenwald cautioned pundits and the political elite against harboring a limited perspective about Trump supporters and their beliefs:

One of the things that is bothering me and bothered me about the Brexit debate, and is bothering me a huge about the Trump debate, is that there is zero elite reckoning with their own responsibility in creating the situation that led to both Brexit and Trump and then the broader collapse of elite authority.  

The reason why Brexit resonated and Trump resonated isn’t that people are too stupid to understand the arguments. The reason they resonated is that people have been so f****d by the prevailing order in such deep and fundamental and enduring ways that they can't imagine that anything is worse than preservation of the status quo.  

You have this huge portion of the populace in both the U.K. and the U.S. that is so angry and so helpless that they view exploding things without any idea of what the resulting debris is going to be to be preferable to having things continue, and the people they view as having done this to them to continue in power. That is a really serious and dangerous and not completely invalid perception that a lot of people who spend their days scorning Trump and his supporters or Brexit played a great deal in creating. 

Greenwald also denounced the hysteria around Trump's relationship with Russia in general and specifically the billionaire's sarcastic call for Russia to find Clinton's "missing" emails. "[T]he history of linking your political opponents to Russia is a really dangerous and ugly one in the U.S.," Greenwald said. 

But here’s what we think are the two key parts of Chotner’s interview with Greenwald:

OK, so, I am glad you asked about that because this is the conflict that I am currently having: The U.S. media is essentially 100 percent united, vehemently, against Trump, and preventing him from being elected president. I don’t have an actual problem with that because I share the premises on which it is based about why he poses such extreme dangers. But that doesn’t mean that as a journalist, or even just as a citizen, that I am willing to go along with any claim, no matter how fact-free, no matter how irrational, no matter how dangerous it could be, in order to bring Trump down

And finally:

…this gets back to the point I was trying to make earlier, which is, if you are someone who wants to stop Trump or Brexit, your goal should be to communicate effectively with the people who believe it is in their interest to support Trump or Brexit. I think in general there is no effort on the part of media elites to communicate with those people and do anything other than tell them that they are primitive, racist, and stupid. And if the message being sent is that you are primitive, racist, and stupid, and not that you have been f****d over in ways that are really bad and need to be rectified, of course those people are not going to be receptive to the message coming from the people who view them with contempt and scorn. I think that is why Brexit won, and I think that is the real danger of Trump winning. 

Of course we disagree with Chotner and Greenwald on who the real menace of 2016 is; we can think of at least 99 things to destroy constitutional liberty and traditional Judeo-Christian values that Hillary Clinton will wake up every morning trying to do that Trump would most certainly defend us on, protection of religious liberty, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and American sovereignty and border security to name but a few. 

But who Chotner and Greenwald – reliably liberal to their cores – support for President isn’t really important, the key takeaway from the interview is that the media elite are united in their support for Hillary Clinton and they are united in their complete and utter contempt for America’s working families who are looking for relief – any relief – from the elite oppression they have suffered for the past three decades. 

If there's a better argument than that for Trump's candidacy we'd love to hear and post it on CHQ.

Read Isaac Chotner’s full interview with Glenn Greenwald through the link.

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