You don’t have to look at very a lot TV information lately to get the fundamental plot: President Donald Trump misplaced the 2020 election, it’s improper for him to problem the end result, and all of us should unify round President-elect Joe Biden.
That’s not precisely what number of journalists reacted 4 years in the past. As an alternative of accepting Trump’s victory within the spirit of unity, some within the media sneered it was a “tainted” election, a “ethical 9/11” and proof of the “decline of civilization.” Some hosts engaged in hyperbolic scare discuss of “jailed political opponents” and “hundreds of thousands” being rounded up; others indulged fantasies of faulty voting machines stealing votes from Hillary Clinton in essential battleground states.
The 63 million Individuals who voted for the brand new President have been focused, too. “There’s no such factor as Trump voter,” introduced the headline over a bit by Slate’s Jamelle Bouie. Time’s “Individual of the 12 months” cowl branded Trump because the “President of the Divided States of America.”
“No, we will’t” work with a President Trump, insisted New York Occasions columnist Paul Krugman, as a result of it will “normalize” the presidency of “a pathological liar with a unfastened grip on actuality.” And Trump was actually only a “Manchurian candidate” managed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Right here’s a fast flashback to how the media that at this time tout unity and acceptance handled President-elect Trump’s transition in November and December, 2016.
■ “For 240 years, American authorities and American civilization has been steadily transferring up, slowly however certainly bettering, rising increased and better and better after which final evening, we turned down. That’s what you’re feeling. That’s what the decline of a civilization seems like.”
— MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on The Final Phrase, November 9, 2016.
■ “It is a ethical 9/11. Solely 9/11 was carried out to us from the skin and we did this to ourselves.”
— New York Occasions columnist Tom Friedman on HBO’s Actual Time with Invoice Maher, November 11, 2016.
■ “Ought to we be taking classes now from nations which have lived beneath leaders who’ve rounded up hundreds of thousands of individuals? Ought to we be taking classes proper now from individuals who have lived in nations the place they do jail their political opponents, the place they do campaign towards the press, the place they do ban individuals based mostly on their religions?”
— MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on her eponymous present, November 11, 2016.
■ “All of the solicitude, outrage, and ethical telepathy being deployed in protection of Trump supporters — who voted for a racist who promised racist outcomes—is perverse, bordering on abhorrent….To insist Trump’s backers are good individuals is to deal with their interior lives with extra weight than the precise lives on the road beneath a Trump administration. At greatest, it’s myopic and solipsistic. At worst, it’s morally grotesque.”
— Slate’s Jamelle Bouie in a November 15, 2016 publish, “There’s No Such Factor as a Good Trump Voter.”
■ “Lots of people in politics and the media are scrambling to normalize what simply occurred to us, saying that it’s going to all be OK and we will work with Trump. No, it gained’t, and no, we will’t. The subsequent occupant of the White Home can be a pathological liar with a unfastened grip on actuality; he’s already surrounding himself with racists, anti-Semites, and conspiracy theorists; his administration would be the most corrupt in America historical past.
— New York Occasions columnist Paul Krugman in a November 18, 2016 column.
■ “Some Clinton supporters are attempting to mount a marketing campaign to ask for an audit in key states to see if a recount needs to be ordered. In keeping with a gaggle of election legal professionals and pc scientists cited by Gabe Sherman in New York journal, there’s, quote, ‘persuasive proof that election leads to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan could have been manipulated or hacked.’”
— MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Andrea Mitchell Stories, November 23, 2016.
■ “Some political activists say in counties utilizing digital voting, Hillary Clinton seems to have mysteriously under-performed evaluate to areas with paper ballots by as a lot as 7 p.c, in accordance with what they informed prime Clinton aides in a name urging an official assessment. They’ve not launched their evaluation nor offered proof of hacking, however the margin might have tipped Wisconsin and, if the others went her method too, she would have gained.”
— CNN correspondent Tom Foreman on The Lead with Jake Tapper, November 23, 2016.
■ “Sure, we’re sore losers, as a result of a whole lot of the rationale he gained was based mostly on racism, the Russian hackings. Lies. Steady mendacity that went on. And the intrusion of the FBI on the final minute there. All of that appears to have mainly distorted the entire election. So, yeah, we’re sore losers. As a result of it wasn’t actually gained legitimately, so far as I’m involved.”
— Co-host Pleasure Behar on ABC’s The View, December 2, 2016.
■ “It’s a undeniable fact that the Trump marketing campaign gave a platform to white supremacists. The one query is whether or not the Trump presidency will do the identical. Many Individuals who voted for Trump could not think about themselves racist, however they forged a poll for a candidate who espoused racism and xenophobia and informed lie after lie with out regret. They need to take accountability for his or her choice, and so do the individuals who select to work for Trump.”
— New York Occasions columnist and former editorial web page editor Andrew Rosenthal, December 7, 2016.
■ “Objectively talking, we’ve by no means had an administration that’s spewed this type of open anti-Muslim rhetoric, beginning on the prime with Donald Trump….He’s constructing a dream crew of anti-Muslim hate there.”
— Each day Beast contributor Dean Obeidallah on CNN’s New Day, December 9, 2016.
■ “What we’ve are ignoramuses, billionaires and some generals….That is fairly frightful stuff. You will have a great deal of individuals who have by no means been in authorities who don’t perceive the distinction between enterprise and authorities.”
— Washington Put up columnist Jennifer Rubin discussing Trump’s Cupboard picks, MSNBC’s AM Pleasure, December 11, 2016.
■ Host John Dickerson: “We heard about Russian involvement probably whereas the election was happening, however what appears to be new is that it was focused to assist Donald Trump….”
Slate author Jamelle Bouie: “Whether it is true, if we’ve additional verification of this, then what it suggests probably is that the election was in some sense illegitimate. And I don’t know the place you go from there.
— CBS Face the Nation, December 11, 2016.
■ “So this was a tainted election. It was not, so far as we will inform, stolen within the sense that votes have been counted mistaken, and the end result gained’t be overturned. However the end result was nonetheless illegitimate in essential methods; the victor was rejected by the general public, and gained the Electoral School solely because of international intervention and grotesquely inappropriate, partisan habits on the a part of home regulation enforcement.”
— New York Occasions columnist Paul Krugman, December 12, 2016.
■ “No presidential candidate in American historical past had carried out or stated so many outlandish and offensive issues as Trump. He cheered when protesters bought hit at his rallies, used sexist insults for members of the press….That is the tactic of a demagogue. The extra the elites denounced his transgressions, the extra his rising motion felt validated.”
— Author Michael Scherer in cowl story for Time’s December 19, 2016, “Individual of the 12 months” subject.
■ “Greatest winner? Vladimir Putin….He mainly took over america and bought himself a Manchurian candidate and that’s one thing no different Russian chief has been in a position to do.”
— The Root’s Jason Johnson on MSNBC’s Hardball, December 21, 2016, asserting his alternative for the largest winner of 2016.
■ “We’ve what, I believe the full is 7100, particular person nuclear warheads. I don’t even need to know what the harmful capabilities there. And we’re about handy the launch orders over to a man who can’t avoid his cellphone for 15 minutes.”
— Esquire’s Charles Pierce on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, December 27, 2016.