CNN’s Jake Tapper made a lucid point, I thought, in the town hall he shared with House Speaker Paul Ryan in Racine, Wisconsin, Monday night.
He said Donald Trump was wrong when he suggested there were some good people at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville earlier this month, because good people don’t march or demonstrate alongside members of the KKK, white supremacist groups and neo-Nazis.
Tapper said it was immoral to do so.
I totally agree with Tapper. Sometimes guilt by association is a legitimate criterion for separating good people from scum.
I also understand that Tapper’s real role at the town hall was not so much asking questions, as reporters normally do, but making proclamations of this kind. Again, I thought he made a salient point, but I also believe his primary motivation was to skewer Trump.
But let’s explore whether Tapper and his friends on the political left hold themselves and others to the same moral standards.
Would Jake Tapper find it immoral to march or rally with communists and anti-Semites?
Is he aware that communists and anti-Semites were among the counter-protesters in Charlottesville?
Is he aware that communists and anti-Semites are routinely present these days in virtually every liberal and left-wing gathering and have been for the last 40 years?
Would that suggest to Jake Tapper that there were no good people on the other side of the barricade?
It should by the same standard of logic.
Good people, moral people, reject Nazism and racism as morally repugnant and should never associate publicly with them. I agree with Jake Tapper about that. I think it was wrong of Donald Trump to assume there were some good people at the “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville. If there were any good people there, they were completely misguided.
If I went to a rally to oppose the dismantling of a historic monument and saw I was surrounded by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK members, I would leave the vicinity as fast as I could. That would be the right thing to do. I would advise my children and grandchildren to do the same.
Likewise, though, I wonder why the same moral standard is not applied to liberals and left-wingers who, happily, publicly, regularly and without fear of condemnation, associate with communists flying hammer and sickle flags, a symbol of the murders of perhaps 100 million people, and openly anti-Semitic activists who can be found at every significant leftist rally or demonstration.
I’d love to ask Jake Tapper that question.
Is he aware that all, every, without exception, major liberal and left-wing demonstration is not only attended by communists and anti-Semites, but the groups they represent are most often significant sponsors and organizers of the events?
That’s a natural fact.
It was true in Charlottesville – though no one in the media was looking for communists and anti-Semites.
It was true of the big “Women’s March” in Washington the day after Trump’s inauguration, and, again, no one in the media, including Jake Tapper, whom I saw there, was looking for them. Yet they were in abundance, not hiding and hardly ashamed of themselves.
Where was the condemnation of the million or so participants of that event and every other one like it in which communists and anti-Semites marched shoulder to shoulder without fear of condemnation? Where was the condemnation of every single major left-wing protest of the last 45 years that sported communists and anti-Semites?
Don’t misunderstand me. I agree with Tapper’s standard – maybe more than he himself does. Good people don’t march with evil people. But, are the only universally evil people neo-Nazis, member of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists? I don’t think so. Shouldn’t the same moral standard apply to Bolsheviks, communists who carry the symbols of mass murders exponentially larger than the Nazi Holocaust and growing number of anti-Semites shockingly found among the leftist coalitions?
I wonder if Jake Tapper is.
Maybe he’ll let me know. I even publicly invite him to respond thoughtfully to this piece, and I’ll make sure WND features it prominently.
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