Category Archives: Trump Derangement Syndrome

Police arrest Calif. ethics prof. Eric Clanton for Antifa bikelock assaults at Berkeley protest

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Civic Center Park of Berkeley, California, a Patriots Rally by Trump supporters, including members of Oathkeepers, turned violent when radical leftists in black masks and black clothing, who call themselves Antifa (anti-fascists), launched a counter-rally and clashed with the patriots.

In a memo to Berkeley mayor and the City Council on the April 15 demonstration, Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood identified the Antifa as the instigators of violence. Greenwood wrote:

“On April 15, groups initially remained separated in the park. At one point, about three dozen ‘antifa’ entered the park over fencing, ultimately confronting demonstrators, and escalating violence, with fights and assaults breaking out.”

The day ended with eleven people being injured and the arrest of 20 people “for their roles in the violence at Civic Center Park”. The charges included assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and committing a criminal offense while wearing a mask. Authorities said at the time that they will pursue additional arrests as they “review social media and video footage”. (Source: Berkeleyside)

Meanwhile, citizen journalists and sleuths went to work, combing through videos and photos of the violent clash to unmask the Antifa thugs.

On April 19, five days after the clash, online sleuths of 4chan‘s /pol/ News Network and Rebel Media correspondent Jack Posobiec identified one of the masked Antifa rioters who had assaulted people with a bike-lock as a California college professor named Eric Clanton.

Among the people Clanton had assaulted with a bikelock on April 15 was this man in a red t-shirt (see below).

Here’s a video explaining how 4chan sleuths identified Eric Clanton as the bikelock thug:

Clanton claims to have an M.A. in Philosophy from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from California State University, Bakersfield.

Clanton had taught philosophy at San Francisco State University. At the time of the April 15 riot, he was teaching at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. Ironically, one of his teaching and research subjects is ethics.

His faculty profile at Diablo Valley College, now taken down, said:

Eric Clanton

Faculty – Philosophy, Pleasant Hill Campus

Eric has been teaching at DVC since 2015. He teaches introduction to philosophy with a background in teaching ethics, critical thinking, and comparative philosophy East/West. His primary research interests are ethics and politics. His work in political philosophy also centers on mass incarceration and the prison system. He is currently exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective.

After he was outed online, Clanton panicked. He scrubbed his social media, went underground and, pretending to ask for a friend, sought legal advice on Reddit (source: Dark Triad Man):

“My really good friend is being accused on social media of attacking someone at a protest and now his name is being smeared on social media. Does he have any recourse and can he be in any legal (civil or criminal) trouble because of these rumors?”

Yesterday, May 24, 2017, Berkeley police finally arrested Eric Clanton.

From Berkeleyside:

“Eric Clanton, a former teacher at Diablo Valley College, was arrested by Berkeley police . . . on suspicion of three counts of assault with a deadly weapon identified as a U-lock bike lock, and one of those assaults is alleged to have caused a significant injury. […]

Until Wednesday night, Berkeley investigators had declined to say whether they were looking into Clanton, despite the outcry online calling for his arrest. Wednesday, officers arrested him in Oakland at 12:15 p.m. He is being held at Berkeley Jail with a bail of $200,000, according to Alameda County sheriff’s office records online. Clanton, whose listed occupation is college professor, is scheduled for arraignment Friday. Police said they have identified three victims in the case. All three were struck in the head or neck with a bike lock, police said.”

~Eowyn

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MSM coverage of President Trump overwhelmingly negative

This comes as no surprise to us, but it’s still good to have confirming statistics.

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that U.S. and European news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office was overwhelmingly negative.

The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, the main newscasts of CBS, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, and three European news outlets (The UK’s Financial Times and BBC, and Germany’s ARD).

The report defines “negative” tone of coverage as stories/reports in which:

  • Trump is criticized directly.
  • An event, trend, or development reflects unfavorably on Trump, e.g., stories that appeared under the headlines “President Trump’s approval rating hits a new low” and “GOP withdraws embattled health care bill, handing major setback to Trump, Ryan.”

Here are the report’s findings:

(1) The media are obsessed with President Trump: Trump was the topic of 41% of all news stories—three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents.

(2) On almost every major Trump topic, the media’s coverage was overwhelmingly more negative than positive.

(3) The media set a new standard for unfavorable coverage (80%) in their coverage of President Trump. In contrast, only 41% of the media’s coverage of Obama was negative.

(4) The liberal MSM were overwhelmingly negative, with CNN and NBC leading the way with a stunning 93% of their coverage of Trump being negative. Even the Wall Street Journal was more negative (70%) than positive. Although Fox was the only news outlet in the study that came close to giving Trump positive coverage overall, a majority (52%) of the network’s reporting on Trump still was negative.

(5) European reporters were even more negative than U.S. reporters.

(6) With the exception of Fox, the majority of media all question Trump’s fitness for office:

(7) The only thing that Trump did which garnered glowing positive coverage from the media was his missile attack on Syria, showing that the corporate media are all blood-thirsty warmongers.

The Harvard report concludes:

Trump’s coverage during his first 100 days was negative even by the standards of today’s hyper-critical press. Studies of earlier presidents found nothing comparable to the level of unfavorable coverage afforded Trump. […]

Have the mainstream media covered Trump in a fair and balanced way? […] The early days of his presidency have been marked by far more missteps and miss-hits, often self-inflicted, than any presidency in memory, perhaps ever. […]

Nevertheless, the sheer level of negative coverage gives weight to Trump’s contention, one shared by his core constituency, that the media are hell bent on destroying his presidency. […]

At the same time, the news media need to give Trump credit when his actions warrant it. The public’s low level of confidence in the press is the result of several factors, one of which is a belief that journalists are biased. That perception weakens the press’s watchdog role. One of the more remarkable features of news coverage of Trump’s first 100 days is that it has changed few minds about the president, for better or worse. The nation’s watchdog has lost much of its bite and won’t regain it until the public perceives it as an impartial broker, applying the same reporting standards to both parties. […]

Journalists would also do well to spend less time in Washington and more time in places where policy intersects with people’s lives. If they had done so during the presidential campaign, they would not have missed the story that keyed Trump’s victory—the fading of the American Dream for millions of ordinary people. […]

Never have journalists fixated on a single newsmaker for as long as they have on Trump. If he sees journalists as his main opponents, one reason is that between Trump and themselves there’s not much air time for everyone else. Journalists need to resist even the smallest temptation to see themselves as opponents of government. It’s the competition between the party in power and the opposing party, and not between government and the press, that’s at the core of the democratic process.

Will journalists heed the report’s counsel?

I doubt it.

~Eowyn

First Couple Donald and Melania hold hands in Jerusalem and Rome

Three days ago on May 22, 2017, an image went viral, of First Lady Melania Trump seemingly slapping away her husband’s hand while they were on the tarmac of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

Here’s the GIF:

Thanks to alert FOTM readers Artist, TPR and CalGirl, we now know Melania was not rudely dismissing President Trump’s hand. Donald and Melania were giving each other a low-five hand-greeting.

Here’s a baby giving his mother a low-five:

The Left and the chattering MSM immediately interpreted the Trumps’ low-five as discord in their marriage. Some even claim that the Trumps “don’t show any affection to each other in public” — an assertion that is easily disproven by the following images:

Below are more images of the First Couple showing their affection by holding hands, beginning with two images from the same day as the airport tarmac “slapping” incident:

At the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem, Israel, May 22, 2017 (source):

At the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basalica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy, on May 24, 2017 (source):

H/t Kelleigh

~Eowyn

‘Dear White People’ Director And Star Break Down Why Black People Can’t Be Racist

logan browning and justin siemin

Logan Browning and Justin Simien: Black racists who are never racists.

Of course there is no double standard in the eyes of these folks. That irony is as rich as their lack of self-awareness.

From HuffPo: Netflix’s “Dear White People” has been described as a strong modern-day take on race that is both clever and dynamic in its approach.  

The show, directed by Justin Simien, was adapted from his 2014 film of the same name, and is set on the fictional and predominantly white campus of Winchester University. Simien crafted a season filled with diverse portrayals of the black experience ― told through the lens of several students on campus ― that speak to the varied ways people of color are impacted by race.

The show touches themes like interracial relationships, police brutality, the complexities of the n-word and what it can be like to speak out against racism in the face of opposition ― something that feels especially timely. Simien and the show’s star, Logan Browning, stopped by HuffPost Black Voices to discuss myths that often come up in conversations about race and racism.

In the video above (video is at the HuffPo link), watch as Simien and Browning explain why double standards around racism simply don’t exist, like: Why a show titled “Dear Black People” would be offensive, why the n-word is off-limits to white but not black people; Why minority-focused spaces like HuffPost Black Voices exist but HuffPost White Voices does not; and why there’s simply no such thing as reverse racism.

Interesting comments Justin made in an interview via the Daily Beast (from April 2017):

“I’m sure people will feel gratified that they have seen themselves [represented]. I’m sure people will take issue with some of the choices that the characters make, but that’s all, in my opinion, part of doing my job as an artist.

But in a weird way, I feel like subconsciously we made the show for the Trump era. Watching it back now there are certain moments that are so chillingly accurate that I don’t know what part of our brains that came out of. So yeah, we assumed Hillary would be president, but, we also, you know — I think Dave Chappelle said something similar. I know white people so I don’t know that I was ever completely sure that she was going to win. I was just as shocked and crestfallen as most of the rest of us.”

During the Q&A at SXSW, you said you wanted the show to be a “clap back” against Trump’s election. What did you mean by that?

“What I meant was, once I had sort of processed my grief over the result of the election — and I’m sure someone will read this and not agree with me politically or whatever — but I was really going through the stages of grief, like a lot of people. But what made me feel better was, as we were editing the show, I was just like, boy, it felt so good to have something artistically at the ready to respond to the times that we’re in. I didn’t have to go back and write something; we already made it. It was already on deck. I found some comfort in that. And when I say response or “clap back,” Dear White People is not about all the evil things that white people do, it’s just that I think that the show attempts to analyze the hidden forces behind these conflicts. If this had happened and I didn’t have something ready to put out artistically, I would have felt even more empty about what happened. So I was just happy that we decided to speak about political things and racial issues that clearly played a factor in the result.

In his mind, as an “artist” his political opinion has more weight. And, of course, he can never be a racist.

DCG

About that sinister pic of Trump touching a glowing orb

A photograph of President Trump in Saudi Arabia with his hands on a glowing orb is making a buzz online.

Here’s the explanation from Australia’s ABC, May 21, 2017:

Mr Trump, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman gathered around a luminescent sphere, in a tableau which drew comparisons to scenes from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter on social media.

But no, this isn’t the Eye of Sauron or some gadget from Dumbledore’s study.

During his first presidential trip to Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump, along with King Salman and Mr el-Sisi, were opening the new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology.

The simultaneous touching of the ornamental globe signified the official start to the facility’s operations, and appears to have been intended as a gesture of solidarity for peace and shared values.

The centre has employed data analysts from across the world to monitor and analyse extremist propaganda and communications on both traditional and online platforms.

The opening of the centre followed Mr Trump’s major speech in which he called on Middle Eastern leaders to combat a “crisis of Islamic extremism” emanating from the region.

Mr Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders who have set aside his past campaign rhetoric, instead focusing on his desire to crack down on Iran.

In 2016 Mr Trump declared that “Islam hates us”.

But on Sunday, standing before dozens of Muslim world leaders, he said Islam was “one of the world’s great faiths”.

So, nothing sinister there — although the pic will be good fodder for a FOTM Caption Contest.  😉

~Eowyn

California Democrats flip off Donald Trump and Shout “F*ck Donald Trump”

john burton and nancy pelosi

Pelosi and her foul-mouthed buddy, John Burton

Remember, “Love Trumps Hate.”

From Sacramento Bee: The anti-Trump fervor at California’s Democratic Party convention this weekend can be summarized in choice words from outgoing chair of the California Democratic Party, John Burton: “F*%! Donald Trump.”

The always foul-mouthed Burton, 84, stood before thousands of Democratic delegates at Saturday’s general assembly, and as a rallying cry asked the crowd to join in. He then shoved two fists in the air, flipping the bird. Across the room at the Sacramento Convention Center, many in the audience followed suit.

On stage were House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, Rep, Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, state Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and others.

Democrats over the weekend were fired up about Donald Trump’s presidency, investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign and the heated health care debate in California. Nearly every politician who took the stage at Saturday’s convention denounced Trump and his agenda.

“We are President Trump’s worst nightmare,” California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León said in a speech.

Burton, who took over as chairman of the state Democratic Party in 2009, fired off expletives throughout the three-day convention.

“Put your f*&#! sign down man, we’re all for it,” Burton said to a crowd of nurses urging fellow Democrats to support a bill in the Legislature that would create a publicly funded, universal health care system for California.

Friday night, hecklers shouted down Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg moments before Democratic National Party Chairman Tom Perez took the microphone, chanting in support of single-payer health care. “Hey shut the F$@# up or go outside alright?” Burton said.

h/t Gateway Pundit (See the video there.)

DCG

A liberal explains why she’s leaving the SJW cult

There is hope for America.

The Left’s vile behaviors since Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss to Donald Trump are so over-the-top, they are alienating some liberals.

Keri Smith is one of them. In a confessional essay, Smith calls the Left’s cultural Marxist ideology “a cult” and points to the hypocrisy of “social justice warriors (SJW)” whose hateful and murderous speech and behavior belie their professed values of equality, justice, liberty, tolerance and love — something that we on FOTM repeatedly have noted.

The most important part of Smith’s essay is her pointing out that the Left are trodding the dangerous path of dehumanizing their political opponents. (Recall Hillary Clinton’s dehumanization of Trump supporters as “deplorables”.) By dehumanizing, i.e., regarding other human beings as less than human “things,” violence and murder become justified. Don’t we slaughter livestock for food because they’re nonhuman “animals”?

That’s the tactic the Left have employed against the unborn — that the unborn human life growing in a woman’s womb is not a human person, but is merely a lump of bodily tissue, much like toenail that we clip and discard.

Smith writes in Medium on May 13, 2017 (I supplied the bold and red-color emphasis):

I’ve been undergoing a pretty significant change in the way I interpret the world [….] I know some of my friends have wondered why I’ve lately been so critical of the left, my home, so I wanted to share with you what a vocal part of my particular and admittedly self-selected echo chamber is like.

Smith then reproduced what appears to be a Facebook post by a fellow liberal:

Smith continues:

For the record, this is not illustrative of all of the left or even and especially of all of my liberal friends. […] I was talking with a friend who is also liberal and she does not see this kind of stuff regularly, like I do […. M]y vantage point may shed some light on why my beliefs are changing, and on where I see things possibly headed.

I see increasing numbers of so-called liberals cheering censorship and defending violence as a response to speech. I see seemingly reasonable people wishing death on others and laughing at escalating suicide and addiction rates of the white working class. I see liberal think pieces written in opposition to expressing empathy or civility in interactions with those with whom we disagree. I see 63 million Trump voters written off as “nazis” who are okay to target with physical violence. I see concepts like equality and justice being used as a mask for resentful, murderous rage.

The most pernicious aspect of this evolution of the left, is how it seems to be changing people, and how rapidly since the election. […] How easy is it for ordinary humans to commit atrocious acts? History teaches us it’s pretty damn easy when you are blinded to your own hypocrisy. When you believe you are morally superior, when you have dehumanized those you disagree with, you can justify almost anything. In a particularly vocal part of the left, justification for dehumanizing and committing violence against those on the right has already begun.

I don’t yet know what to call this part of the left. Maajid Nawaz calls them the “Regressive Left.” Others call them SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) or the Alt-Left. The ideology is post-modernist cultural marxism, and it operates as a secular religion. Most are indoctrinated in liberal elite colleges, though many are being indoctrinated online these days. It has its own dogma and jargon, meant to make you feel like a good person, and used to lecture others on their ‘sin.’ “Check your privilege”- much like “mansplaining” and “gaslighting”- all at one time useful terms- have over time lost a lot of their meaning. These days I see them most frequently being abused as weaponized ad hominem attacks on a person’s immutable identity markers….a way to avoid making an argument, while simultaneously claiming an unearned moral highground in a discussion.

I have been wondering why more people on the left are not speaking up against violence, in favor of free exchange of ideas and dialogue, in favor of compassion. But I know why. I was in the cult. Part of it is that you are a true believer, and part of it is that you are fearful of being called an apostate — in being trashed as a sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, fascist, white supremacist nazi. A friend recently wrote to me privately to say they find my latest posts “refreshing,” and that they believe in free speech, but as someone who works in entertainment, they can’t say anything that might cause them to lose their job. As someone who has gone through and is still going through a change in my underlying systems of belief, I can say this: when you finally get past fear, it is so liberating. After a lot of self-reflection, I eventually came to the opinion that if I lose friends or jobs over trying to speak and find the truth in situations, and to do so in a way that reflects my belief in compassion, then perhaps those were not friends or jobs that were healthy for my growth.

Since shedding the prison of my former ideology, I have a renewed passion for reading, a newfound interest in philosophy, psychology, history and spirituality. Instead of trying to fix others, these days I try to focus on improving myself, which I can tell you is a *much* harder though less futile endeavor. I question myself daily. I try to make a gratitude list daily. I try to meditate, although I admit I’m pretty shitty at it so far. I observe my emotional response to stimuli, then try to let it pass and practice empathy in my disagreements with others. Many times I fail, but over time it is getting easier (though I doubt it will ever be easy). I believe I finally understand that quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It is not enough to speak about a belief in equality, justice, liberty, tolerance and love if by your actions you are illustrating the opposite by dehumanizing people, calling for their murder, justifying physical violence against them. Your actions speak louder than words.

[…] I believe taking on the task of honestly assessing and trying to improve my character, and speaking up for principles of equality, justice, free speech, liberty, peace and love in a WAY that supports those principles rather than increasing resentment, hatred, and murderous rage, is the way to change the world. If that makes me a moron, a naive peacenik, a privileged bigot -a heretic- in your ideology, so be it.

Keri Smith is to be applauded for her clarity of vision, honesty, and integrity. What a shame that she has seen the truth, but not her fellow liberals in the MSM.

See also:

~Eowyn