You know how you never hear about things like, say, the mistreatment of illegal immigrant children when a Democrat is in charge, and suddenly the story explodes when there’s a Republican in the White House?
The same sort of thing happens with George Orwell; was the Obama administration spying on journalists and maybe even the opposition candidate? Sure, but you never heard any references to “Big Brother” then. Lefties only like to cite Orwell when one of their guys is in charge, which does a great disservice to a writer of Orwell’s foresight.
Cody Cain over at Salon seems to have pulled Orwell’s “Animal Farm” off the shelf recently and decided to use it as a yardstick to measure whether President Trump fits the profile of an authoritarian dictator. Gee, we’re dying of suspense … does he?
Does President Donald Trump fit the profile of an authoritarian dictator? https://t.co/Cuf42GxrH3
— Salon (@Salon) May 28, 2018
Remember, of course, that the villain of “Animal Farm” is a pig named Napoleon, intended as a stand-in for Stalin.
Instead of offering constructive plans of his own, Trump, like Napoleon, unleashed attack dogs against his opponents. And like the sheep supporting Napoleon that repeatedly bleated out a mindless slogan that stifled dialogue, Trump’s flock of sheep bleated out their own mindless slogans, such as “lock her up,” “build the wall” and “CNN sucks.”
Trump and Napoleon both play upon the fears of their constituents, to cast themselves as indispensable protectors. Napoleon repeatedly reminds the animals of the grave threat of humans returning, even though Napoleon’s rule is unrelated to whether humans might return.
Similarly, Trump constantly stokes the fears of the populace over immigration, crime committed by immigrants, the immigrant gang MS-13, terrorist attacks, large numbers of Muslims entering the country, China stealing American jobs, inner-city crime and so on.
By selecting only pigs as members of the ruling elite, Napoleon creates a system of racial discrimination. Trump has also been accused of racial discrimination.
OK, that’s enough. To be honest, we actually checked Cain’s brief bio at the end of the piece to see if Cain was a high school student filling in on Memorial Day.
hilarious! The left is 1984 and now they're trying to use Orwell for their benefit. You can't make this shit up. ??
— NotoriousBob (@NotoriousBob5) May 28, 2018
No animal farm was talking about the woes of socialism, Trump does not seem to fit that bill but the SJWs fit the bill slightly better?
— Letchim (@letchim) May 27, 2018
What an ignorant article. There was never a "promising socialist society" in Russia. When the Bolshevicks grabbed power they immediately grabbed all the wheels of power. George Orwell was a socialist until the 1940, when after a visit to Russia, he saw through the deception.
— Mike Smith (@Mike_Smith_12) May 24, 2018
Umm…the first thing a true dictator wants to do is take ur guns. A dictator wants to grow his power through the centralized state. Fantasyland on display here. Dictators grow out of systems of strong centralized govt. Remember it was FDR who loved socialism n Mussolini.
— Tim Lewis (@lew559) May 24, 2018
So funny to watch the left, the embodiment of 1984 and Animal Farm, now try to use it against Trump. The left loves dictators… just look at history and how they've supported them.
— NotoriousBob (@NotoriousBob5) May 24, 2018
Not even close. Do these media companies even know what an authoritarian ruled country looks like? They definitely aren’t the epicenter of capitalism like we are.
— Jackson ?? (@jackson_lentini) May 28, 2018
Well you won't be arrested or publicly punished for writing this so no
— Bet (@BetMONEY300) May 28, 2018
Can you NOT see that the same tactics he is using POTUS 44 used the same?
“I have a pen and a phone” literally came out of 44’s mouth.
He had no intention of waiting for legislature, he just EO’d everything.
And NOW you have a problem with it bc it’s not your guy doing it? ?
— Rooster (@Airb0rne4325) May 24, 2018
No, but Salon sure acts like the propoganda arm of the Anti-American DNC.
— Freedom (@Freedomrrdd) May 28, 2018
— Common Sense, CO (@CommonSenseCOLO) May 27, 2018
Can I order LSD from this site?
— Toby Long Hertz (@roblites) May 24, 2018
You reposted this again, are you getting desperate for clicks salon?
— Count Oracle (@TheOracleYTu) May 27, 2018
Salon seems to have a thing about the Trump presidency being a dictatorship:
Trump's has "dictator style" https://t.co/NuFs4Cj8LU
— Salon (@Salon) May 1, 2017
— Salon (@Salon) February 4, 2017
— Salon (@Salon) January 11, 2018
Our disgruntled dictator https://t.co/lBrC0eaiAs
— Salon (@Salon) June 3, 2017
"He sounds like an aspiring dictator": The frightening fascist tendencies of Trump's GOP rise http://t.co/QdDP4vzptR
— Salon (@Salon) October 7, 2015
Molten-hot take from Salon and Ed Asner: America was founded on gun control https://t.co/djSmxPuLY7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 16, 2017