Many are linking to Victor Davis Hanson’s piece Autopsy of a Coup at American Greatness. Here’s a taste:
All through the 2016 campaign and during the first two years of the Trump presidency the media’s treatment, according to liberal adjudicators of press coverage, ran about 90 percent negative toward Trump—a landmark bias that continues today.
Journalists themselves consulted with the Clinton campaign to coordinate attacks. From the Wikileaks trove, journalistic grandees such as John Harwood, Mark Leibovich, Dana Milbank, and Glenn Thrush often communicated (and even post factum were unapologetic about doing so) with John Podesta’s staff to construct various anti-Trump themes and have the Clinton campaign review or even audit them in advance. [snip]
The Democratic National Committee’s appendages often helped to massage CNN news coverage—such as Donna Brazile’s primary debate tip-off to the Clinton campaign or CNN’s consultation with the DNC about forming talking points for a scheduled Trump interview.
So-called “bombshell,” “watershed,” “turning-point,” and “walls closing in” fake news aired in 24-hour news bulletin cycles. The media went from fabrications about Trump’s supposed removal of the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office, to the mythologies in the Steele dossier, to lies about the Trump Tower meeting, to assurances that Michael Cohen would testify to Trump’s suborning perjury, and on and on.
There’s much, much more; many more players and all common knowledge — some of which I’ve talked about here and at my own blog.
But seeing it all in one place in Hanson’s plain, clear language brings only one thought to mind.
What’s holding this termite-infested former republic together?
See, it isn’t even about President Trump anymore. It’s about deep-seated corruption that has long preceded the Trump administration. This “deep state” edifice knew it could attempt this without legal ramifications. That implies that there have been previous attempts and that some were successful.
The coup maybe be dead but I suspect that there’s another waiting to take its place. People who talk about this don’t look like such conspiracy kooks any more.
Bright side: deep state is no longer so deep.
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