FOX News Wants Biden to Thank Trump?
Conservative media thinks Biden owes the former President some gratitude. For what?
Recently, President Joe Biden gave what would many would assume to be a fairly standard address to the nation, particularly when many are seeking assurance, status updates, and at least some idea of what the future has in store for the country during the most significant public health and economic crisis in modern history. Following the address to the nation, I stumbled across the response from none other than FOX News Host Sean Hannity. Predictably, all Hannity had to add to the conversation was frustration for what he perceived to be the President “taking credit” for all of Trump’s hard work, and arguing that Biden should make a phone call to Mar-A-Lago to bring the unity he’s searching for, and thank Donald Trump.
Frankly, I‘m not sure what could possibly serve as a better indication of the absurdity of the dynamics between the right and the Democratic party than this.
Over 500,000 people are dead, many of whom are gone because of Donald Trump’s devastating handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his steadfast unwillingness to take it seriously. When the vaccine that Hannity is demanding the former President get credit for arrived, there was no roll out plan, no federal guidance for how to distribute it among the population in states all across the country. At a moment that demands we come together collectively in order to put the best interests of our communities first in order to stop the spread and keep each other safe, it was a complete and utter free for all.
What, exactly, should Biden be thanking Donald Trump for?
Has the narrative that seems to perpetuate what could almost be considered the inherent inferiority of the Democratic party really come to this? Has the onus of compromise and reaching across the isle to appease Republicans at whatever cost really reached this point? It feels as though Donald Trump could quite literally punch Joe Biden in the face, and Biden would be expected to thank him.
As bizarre as Hannity’s comments might be, there are millions of people watching his program every night who wholeheartedly agree. Millions of people still angry, bitter, and resentful about the fact that Donald Trump is no longer President. Naturally, incentivized to continue grasping for the ratings boost that Trump’s term bestowed upon him, Hannity has seized the opportunity to remind them of another way they can allow themselves to feel Trump was wronged.
For as long as I have been following politics, it’s no secret that I have been frustrated by not only Democratic politicians, but their loyal voters as well. Voters who seem intent on defending them no matter what, and justifying the unnecessary capitulations to the right that they make on a near constant basis. Funnily enough, Hannity’s demands — while I still wholeheartedly disagree — at least allowed me to understand why loyal democratic voters have become so conditioned to just accept failure. With narratives like what’s coming from Hannity continuing to dominate the airwaves and television screens in tens of millions of homes all across the country, one can at least understand why some older liberal voters in particular are insistent that it’s a good thing that our politicians would never stoop to that kind of level.
If we’re being honest, we sort of have to admire Hannity’s nerve.
But imagine if the sort of energy that the right wing lawmakers and their media possesses was harnessed among the left as well, and turned against them? You don’t have to make bizarre, vapid, flailing comments to put up a fight and whether we want to admit it or not, the right wing knows how to put up that fight. If we don’t come up with effective ways of combatting their narratives with the same type of energy, then it will continue to fester and grow. The right takes care of it’s own. They have built entire media infrastructures dedicated to filling the minds of their viewers with the talking points designed to get them to go against their own best interests, appealing to the worst aspects of humanity as they do so.
If the left dedicated a even fraction of its time and energy into generating approval for their narratives as the right does, imagine how much better off we would be?