If you happen to frequent any pro-Trump internet forums or follow some of the more jocular alt-right folks on Twitter, you’ve likely seen the “You Are Here” copypasta- a term used to describe short stories that lend themselves to being copied and pasted, hence the name. Now, if you haven’t, it’s essentially a list of everything the media has claimed that Trump would never do, followed by a list of everything the media currently believes that he will never do, separated by the phrase, “You Are Here.”
This meme was popular during the darker times of the election, when it served as a reminder of the extraordinary odds Trump had already overcome, making Clinton seem like the pushover that she turned out to be, rather than the juggernaut the MSM portrayed her to be. As more obstacles were overcame in the primary and GE season, the line break moved farther and farther down the list. An abridged version might look something, at the time of this article’s writing, like this:
>Trump will never run for President
>Trump will never be the Republican nominee
>Trump will never win the Election
>Trump will never build the wall
YOU ARE HERE
>Trump will never win every Cabinet confirmation
>Trump will never repeal and replace Obamacare
>Trump will never make Mexico pay for the wall
>Trump will never achieve 4% GDP growth
The media seems to possess the unique willingness and ability to remove themselves from reality, forget the record, and isolate each political play by Trump as his great undoing. They have an uncanny talent for this, having definitively identified the end of Trump’s campaign over 20 times throughout the election, and twice now identifying crimes that will inevitable result in his impeachment.
Unfortunately, this tactic doesn’t work anymore.
The media’s repeated attempts to spin Trump as an illegitimate con-man have lost all validity. Their constant doomsday predictions mean nothing – Trump is getting the job done irrespective of the naysaying broadcast on the major news networks. It seems their only tools left are rigged opinion polling (we’ve seen how effective those are) and the incitement of violence against Trump supporters, which actually drives more independents into the welcome arms of the Right every day.
We in the Trump coalition welcome the protests they encourage and the faux outrage they sow- every headline bemoaning Trump’s travel ban is ammunition wasted four years before his reelection. Every dollar spent by George Soros bussing protesters to airports is a dollar spent not building DNC infrastructure. Every minute an activist spends shouting at a cop hoping to go home to his wife for dinner is a minute they aren’t preparing for the 2018 midterms. The Left Wing establishment and its media cronies are running the Anti-Nixon playbook, hoping to frame Trump as a tyrant besieged by his own people, in effect destroying his anti-establishment appeal and his electability along with it.
So why isn’t it working?
The media is mistakenly approaching the situation from their traditional ‘Fourth Estate’ position- a third party, independent institution, tasked with holding government accountable; but, having completely lost the trust of the American people over the course of this election, the media is relegated to a much different role- enforcers of purity, openly partisan hacks bemoaning political actions they disagree with, rather than reporting facts.
In doing so, they adopt the position of an establishment church – the Second Estate of French Revolutionary fame. In taking this new position, they have lost the ear of the American public, who simply listen no more — see the success of a personality like Tucker Carlson from Fox News, for example. The young, energetic, pro-Trump conservative is smashing records for his time slot, as less Americans lend their ears to the obstructionist “opposition party” on CNN and MSNBC.
Over the course of the election, that dying religion of progressivism retreated into itself, radicalizing its base while driving moderates away. Now, the preachers in the pulpits of liberal publications have a serious dilemma on their hands – without a single parishioner left in their pews, who will care that they label Trump a false conservative, a Nazi, or worse? For whom does Chuck Schumer, Don Lemon curse, or any other mainstream media clown perform? In the vaunted halls of the Church of the liberal press, the floor below them crumbles. For what is a God to a non-believer?