CNN’s Jim Acosta recently declared himself a candidate for the most out-of-touch person in the country. “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt,” Acosta tweeted after being subjected to a “CNN sucks” chant during a Trump rally.
Acosta’s lack of self-awareness is reflective of the mainstream media as a whole. Liberal journalists may fear the dystopian fantasy they’ve concocted in their heads, but outside of their self-aggrandizing bubble, it’s Trump supporters and conservatives who are routinely harassed and attacked.
And the hostility whipped up by the reckless rhetoric of Democrat leaders and their collaborators in the media is largely to blame for this travesty.
Last week, conservative activists Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens were attacked by a mob of liberals affiliated with Antifa while eating breakfast. Just the week before, a Massachusetts woman intentionally rammed her car into another car because it had a Trump bumper sticker on it.
In July, a teenage boy was assaulted in a restaurant for wearing a Make America Great Again hat. That same month, a group of Trump supporters was attacked on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Not only are the intensity and frequency of attacks against Trump supporters and conservatives rising, but Democrats apparently find the thought of their ideological opponents being hurt or killed funny. Last week, Kentucky’s Democrat Secretary of State joked about last summer’s neighborhood attack on Senator Rand Paul.
These attacks aren’t new, either. Trump rallies throughout the 2016 presidential campaign were mired in violence. Trump supporters were attacked at rallies in California, and violent, anti-Trump “protesters” in Chicago showed up with such force and intensity that a Trump campaign rally there had to be shut down.
Ever since Donald Trump first secured the Republican nomination for president, the mainstream media pushed a steady stream of propaganda comparing President Trump and his supporters to the most evil characters in the history of the world, including those guilty of genocide.
For over two years now, the Democrats’ media henchmen have been spreading this message of fear, trying to convince vast swathes of Americans that Trump supporters threaten their way of life. Meanwhile, radical Democrats such as Kamala Harris and Maxine Waters employ “resistance” rhetoric that risks further encouraging violence against the Left’s political enemies.
Yet, despite this, the very same witless talking heads in the mainstream media who have spent months stoking this violence are claiming to be victims. “Jim Acosta’s life, in my opinion, was in jeopardy that night,” April Ryan told CNN host Don Lemon in reference to Acosta’s experience at the Trump rally. Brian Stelter accused President Trump of leading a “hate movement” against journalists.
These ideologues need to take a long hard look in the mirror — and a long hard look at the poisonous propaganda their media networks have spewed over the past 30 months. The relentless anti-conservative rhetoric of the Democrat-Media Complex is tearing our country apart, not the other way around.
In their zeal to subvert a sitting president, the mainstream media and the Democrats are stoking a wave of political violence that hasn’t been seen in this country for decades. Our constitution and the rule of law must be upheld, and these reckless provocateurs must be held accountable by voting them out at the ballot box in November and turning to another channel on TV.
Katrina Pierson is an adviser for Donald J. Trump for President Inc.