Writing in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin scalded GOP leaders for standing by while President Donald Trump ramps up anti-immigrant hysteria and racism, before calling out the Fox News network for acting as his megaphone.
Joining with her fellow conservative Washington Post colleague, Max Boot, Rubin said Trump and the complicit GOP members have given every Republican a reason to walk away from the party next Tuesday and vote for Democrats.
“President Trump’s blatantly racist ad — showing an illegal immigrant boasting about killing police officers — is a fitting final pitch for a party and a campaign that are now nearly entirely focused on whipping up xenophobia.” Rubin wrote.
“To all the Republicans who think that words don’t matter, who rationalize support for the president because of judges or tax cuts, who insist that domestic terrorism is unrelated to normalization of virulent racist rhetoric and who remain silent believing they have no moral responsibility for this brand of politics,” she continued before focusing on the Fox News network and all of its employees — from the chairman on down –for sinking to the bottom with Trump.
“To Rupert Murdoch, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lou Dobbs, Fox shareholders, Fox producers and Fox executives and other on-air Fox personalities, I would say that this is in large part your doing,” she accused. “You’ve spent years drumming up fear of immigrants, misrepresenting the danger they pose, blurring the line between criminals and noncriminals (including “dreamers”) and sending dog whistles — no, make that trumpet blasts — to the white nationalists.”
She then suggested advertisers should boycott Fox News because they are possibly inciting violence as evidenced by the arrests of mail bomber Cesar Sayoc and Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers.
“I would say to you that Fox is not a news organization but a source of material and affirmation for the worst elements in our society, a small sliver of whom become violent,” she lectured. “It’s not a place where reputable news people should want to work, nor a network that advertisers should support or viewers should indulge.”
You can read the rest of her indictment here.