Monday 5 December 2016

Letters to the Editor: Filled with joy at liberals' disappointment over Trump victory

Published 21/11/2016 | 02:30

Donald Trump’s win came as a huge surprise to many commentators. Picture: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
Donald Trump’s win came as a huge surprise to many commentators. Picture: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

Although one shouldn't be proud of it, I can't help but be overcome by an inordinate feeling of schadenfreude, resulting from the 'liberal' reaction to Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election. The entire liberal commentariat came across as so stridently arrogant in their certainty of a Hillary Clinton win that they just will not accept the reality. Talk about bad losers. Like all bullies, they are now looking for scapegoats.

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How dare the US electorate dissent from the liberal consensus? The main villains of the piece appear to be an amalgam of - wait for it - non-college-educated, white males and "backward" (as Mrs Clinton's team so charmingly described them) Catholics. White Catholics are about as low as you can go in the liberal worldview. Of course, the reason liberals are so hung up on a college education is because nowadays this largely guarantees a sound indoctrination in liberal/feminist dogma.

Unfortunately, most of the media went lazily along with this flawed analysis. RTÉ in particular didn't cover itself in journalistic glory in its coverage. One is reminded of the observations of the eminent US journalist Heywood Broun, an atheist who converted to Catholicism. The reaction of his erstwhile colleagues led him to conclude that much liberalism was extremely illiberal. He concluded: "I discovered that freedom for them meant thinking as they did." Plus ça change. Way to go, Mr Trump!

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