Contributor Jennifer Rubin of MSNBC asserted on Saturday that the mainstream media attempted to normalize Donald Trump by “cleaned up” his language and making him appear “not so bad.”
Citing feedback they received, Washington Post columnist Rubin responded to MSNBC host Ali Velshi, saying, “people don’t even want to watch clips of Donald Trump on our shows.” Trump has been viewed as a “quirky abstraction,” according to Velshi, rather than as a danger to democracy.
“Well, it appears that two things are happening. One, this illustrates how poorly he has been covered by the mainstream media. They have made him seem more normal and polished, making him sound more coherent in print or on video than he really is. His truly astounding totalitarian claims have only recently been covered by the mainstream media. Naturally, though, he has always been this way,” Rubin remarked.
“And I think because they have done such a bad job, because they have made an effort to treat the Republican Party like the Democratic Party, this notion that he’s not so bad, that he’s just kind of a cartoon character has set in. And that’s on the mainstream media, that’s on the failure to be honest and to side with truth rather than having this false balance,” she continued.
MADOW WAS CALLED OUT FOR NOT AIRING TRUMP’S “UNTRUTHS” WHEN A VIDEO OF HER DEBUNKED CLAIMS WENT VIRAL.
Additionally, Rubin claimed that Trump’s followers belonged to a “fascist cult.”
To be honest, there are a lot of them, but that doesn’t mean their behavior is reasonable or logical. On the other hand, we’ve observed in previous fascist regimes that millions of people, occasionally even the majority of the populace, get completely infatuated with an authoritarian figure and become completely illogical,” the speaker went on.