Call for toning down rhetoric delivered with over-the-top rancor

Today’s front page editorial in the Sun has to be one of the most self-contradictory, self-defeating, tone-deaf polemics ever penned by the self-righteous editorialists at the Sun. And that is up against some stiff competition.

Under the headline, “Time for voters, Trump’s financiers to tone down his divisive behavior,” the editorial calls President Trump an animal and says, ” He is likely not bright enough to understand the big issues involved, but he most definitely understands self-interest.”

Additionally, Trump, his voters and financial backers are called racists, anti-Semites, Klansmen, white supremacists, nationalists, Neo-Nazis, race-baiters and bigots who are responsible for the “nation’s spiral toward violence and incivility …”

Apparently somewhat aware that they are the pot calling the kettle black, the editorialists remark, “We normally wouldn’t engage in name calling like this, but in this case it fits. In showing no understanding of the struggles of Americans and acting only in his own best interests, Trump is behaving like an animal.”

The hate-filled, accusatory editorial demands, “Let’s return to a sense of balance and serious, nonhate-filled discussion of the big issues facing us. … Vote to stop Trumpism’s chaos, and we’re confident that when the Republicans see that Americans have had enough of this hatred, the reasonable voices within the party will come out of hiding and stand for more than naked hatred.”

Apparently the tax reform and regulatory relief that have approved the economy are just part of the hate and chaos. Apparently the appointment of judges who actually adhere to the Constitution is a sleight of hand. Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was done by an anti-Semite. Sanctions against Iran and Russia are signs of weakness.

The editorial’s bottomline boils down to: Elect Democrats.


18 comments on “Call for toning down rhetoric delivered with over-the-top rancor

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    Thank you Tom for reading the Sun so I don’t have to!

  2. Bruce Kester says:

    So very well said Thomas. The rhetoric masters at The Sun somehow have immunity from the rhetoric they spew. It’s almost like the anti-fascists oblivious to how fascist they are.

  3. Nice comparison. Anti-fascists behaving like, well, fascists.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I respect that there was no attempt to deny the many factual accusations made by the editorial.

    Lots of very angry democratic voters are headed to the polls to express their opinions about Trump on Tuesday.

  5. Steve says:

    What if I were to tell you Trump is but a symptom of what ails the USA?
    He doesn’t even come close to being a cause.
    And what Democrats are doing today is much the same as Trump himself did in 14.

    I hope you like the image in the mirror.

  6. John says:

    So here’s my question: Knowing that the Sun would die a slow, painful death if it had to attempt to stand on its own merit and delivery system, why in the world is Sheldon Adelson letting it get delivered with the Las Vegas Review Journal?!?!?!

  7. John says:

    And if what Trump is doing is so bad, why is Obama trying to claim credit for at least part of it?!?!?

  8. Bill says:

    If it weren’t for double standards, the Sun would have no standards at all. Hypocrisy? Their editorial is a great example.

    Can they be so obtuse as to not see the irony or are they simply being dishonest?

    As Mark Twain wrote, “nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits”.

  9. Rincon says:

    I have to agree that the shrillness is unprofessional and probably counterproductive. A bit like watching Fox News in reverse.

  10. Rincon says:

    I agree, Steve. Trump is mostly a symptom. And although the Democrats and liberals have a lot to complain about, becoming more shrill and radical is a poor answer. Stick to facts and Trump, along with his Republican entourage, will sink themselves.

  11. The Sun has a binding contract … I believe it is until 2040.

  12. Anonymous says:

    At least now the republicans left in the House won’t have to keep making excuses as to why they want him to take all the group photos.


    Rep. Will Hurd, only black Republican in House, won’t seek reelection”

  13. Anonymous says:

    I wonder Thomas if you could admit the appropriateness of the Sun Opinion piece in light of the happenings of the last year in general but of the last month or so in particular?

    “Send her back” Gilroy, El Paso, Akron?

    Or is everything just coincidence?

  14. There is an epidemic … of mental illness.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Interesting Thomas.

    I’ll pose a question to you then if you don’t mind and you have some time:

    First I’ll remind you that during the early years of a President Obamas presidency folks on the right were constantly urging that the president must at least be a closet supporter of the “Muslim terrorists” who were committed acts of terror in this country because, according to them, he refused to use that phrase to describe their actions.

    I think it’s fair to say that post 911 anyway, the casualties and deaths cause by white nationalist extremist terrorists have greatly exceeded those cause by any claimed “Muslim terrorists” and particularly since the Gilroy terrorist incident, and the pronouncements by Trump about them, I’ve not heard a word by any….”conservative” commentator that Trump must be AT LEAST a supporter of these white supremists because he has refused to blame them and their terrorist actions for these shootings.

    Furthermore, maybe because I don’t typically run in those circles and you could assist me, but I’ve also not heard any calls from the right that ALL those on the right condemn the actions by these white supremist terrorists lest they be labeled AT LEAST as supporters of that cause, as the right insisted that all “good” Muslims do following some alleged Muslim terrorism; any idea whether this has happened?

    Finally, any idea why folks on the right are quick to jump on the “must have been mental illness” when a white male is involved as opposed to when some “Muslim” is involved; are while males just more likely to be crazy? Or is this maybe some effort at distancing the blame from their entire white race unlike whatever typically happens when a Muslim is involved?

  16. People were wrong to try to link Obama to “Muslim terrorists” and people are wrong to try to link Trump to “white supremacists.” (Trump is a Trump supremacist.) Killing total strangers for whatever reason is a mental illness, whether self-induced or caused by brainwashing in some ideology.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I like that and I even agree to some extent so I’ll leave it there.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Well shut my mouth (metaphorically of course).

    “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday condemned the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, as “a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy.”

    “We must speak clearly to combat evil in any form it takes. What we saw yesterday was a heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy. There is no place for this in El Paso, in Texas, or anywhere across our nation,” Cruz tweeted Sunday. “We are all Americans and we are all standing united with El Paso.”

    Credit where credit is due kudos to the far right wing lunatic Ted Cruz;)

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