The Left’s most handsome spokesman, Michael Moore, has launched a “10-point action plan” to stop “the dark force that is Trump.” The crux of the plan hinges on mockery:
“Trump’s Achilles heel is his massively thin skin. He can’t take mockery. So we all need to MOCK HIM UP! …I truly believe the final tipping point for Trump will be when he implodes from all the laughter—the mocking, the unbearable ridicule of tens of millions of Americans that will discombobulate him and force him out of the White House.”
Liberals forget at their own peril that mockery and rejection created President Trump. It was President Obama’s petty but vicious ribbing during the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner that, in part, led to Mr. Trump’s bid to replace Mr. Obama five years later.
In a July 2016 piece, “Inside the Fraternity of Haters and Losers Who Drove Donald Trump to the GOP Nomination,” Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins wrote that Mr. Obama became increasingly agitated by the media’s coverage of the (#fakenews) story of his birth certificate, and that’s when the president’s targets fell on the “carnival barker” Donald Trump:
“On the night of the dinner, Trump took his seat at the center of the ballroom, perfectly situated so that all 2,500 lawmakers, movie stars, journalists, and politicos in attendance could see him…. But as soon as the plates were cleared and the program began, it became agonizingly clear that Trump was not royalty in this room: He was the court jester.
The president used his speech to pummel Trump with one punchline after another…When host Seth Meyers took the mic, he piled on with his own rat-a-tat of jokes, many of which seemed designed deliberately to inflame Trump’s outer-borough insecurities…
The longer the night went on, the more conspicuous Trump’s glower became. He didn’t offer a self-deprecating chuckle, or wave warmly at the cameras, or smile with the practiced good humor of the aristocrats and A-listers who know they must never allow themselves to appear threatened by a joke at their expense. Instead, Trump just sat there, stone-faced, stunned, simmering—Carrie at the prom covered in pig’s blood.”
“But what I didn’t realize at the time,” Coppins wrote, “was that he’d felt this way for virtually his entire life—face pressed up against the window, longing for an invitation, burning with resentment, plotting his revenge.”
Eye-rolling doubt in the eyes of his peers caused Mr. Trump to pursue with such vigor his goal of becoming “the king of New York real estate,” Coppins wrote. His bid for the presidency was no different.
This is not to say that Mr. Moore is wrong; only misguided. Mr. Trump absolutely has thin skin. He seems incapable of letting the most minor of critiques go unanswered. That is not the point.
To advocate for tireless mockery is to tempt the devil. It will have three effects that are opposite the intended result, the worst of which depends on one’s politics:
- Elevating the Underdog: Trump already is undeterred, his constituents emboldened, by the incessant criticism. He was the underdog from the start, unpopular by all modern tools of measurement, a welcome member of no party, jeered by the elite establishment in media, academia, and politics alike. To boost the amperage is to risk casting Mr. Trump as the underdog, the victim of elitist bullying, and America loves an underdog. Especially one who wins against all odds.
- The Chicken Little Effect: If the mainstream media continues to berate Trump for every misspelled tweet, its already dismal trustworthiness ratings will continue to fall, which will then cause any eventually-deserved criticism to fall flat as just another sensationalized media freakout.
- “The Greatest President Ever”: Rejection and mockery made Trump “the king of New York real estate,” a reality TV star and household name, and a president. If being leader of the free world does not make Trump popular, he will just work harder. He will devote ever more attention, cull ever more impressive talent, think further outside the box, and seek to solve problems no American voter ever expected of a president. In short, if being president does not make Trump popular, being “the greatest president ever” will become his next goal, assuming it isn’t already.
Moore writes, “I don’t know what happened to Trump in boarding school at 13 and I don’t care.” That is where he and the Democratic Party have failed.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – Sun Tzu