By Jonathon Van Maren
As the unnatural disaster that is the 2016 election period proceeds, the media is starting to get a bit panicky about the very real possibility that Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States. This has forced them to start asking questions they generally avoid like vampires avoid mirrors: Why have Americans become so polarized? Why in the world wouldn’t Republicans just vote for Hillary Clinton instead?
Interestingly, the very question reveals just how disconnected the media elites are from their rapidly dwindling audiences. The fact that many conservatives will hold their nose and vote for the genuinely repugnant Donald Trump says nothing about conservatives and everything about Hillary Clinton and the worldview she represents. The media elites, huddled safely in their progressive cocoon, simply don’t understand how radical they are.
For example, I recently watched John Oliver’s incredulous takedown of Donald Trump. For the life of him, Oliver just could not grasp how anyone could be so stupid as to support such a man, reluctantly or not. But I couldn’t help chuckling to myself. This is the same John Oliver who has loudly backed the transgender movement, contemptuously insisting that anyone who didn’t think men could morph into women or women morph into men was a slope-headed Neanderthal. This is the same John Oliver who couldn’t believe the Supreme Court upheld religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby case. This is the same John Oliver who is astounded at the fact that anyone could care so much about babies in the womb that they might want to restrict abortion. That’s the John Oliver who can’t believe that anyone would refuse to vote for a woman who believes all of the same things that he does.
Worded a different way, an alternative headline to one of the many articles gleefully celebrating Oliver’s Trump rants could say this: “TV host who believes that a biological man can become a woman says Trump is ridiculous.” Or: “Man who believes destroying babies as they develop in the womb is a human right thinks Trump is repulsive.” Or perhaps: “Comedian who believes Christians should be forced to pay for the birth control of others thinks Trump is a fascist.”
What Oliver is and his media friends don’t understand is that the reason many conservatives feel obligated to vote for Donald Trump is that they believe Hillary Clinton is genuinely dangerous for those who are not on board with the progressive experiment. Personal corruption and habitual lying aside, Clinton has promised to stand with Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant that got caught selling the body parts of butchered babies last year. She has stated that Christians are going to have to change their beliefs where they are incompatible with the Sexual Revolution. She does not believe in religious liberty.
In short, she poses an enormous threat to Christians. The case conservatives who are struggling with whether or not they can vote for Donald Trump are making is not that he is not repulsive. The case they are making is that she is far worse. She is not the “sane and reasonable” candidate in this election. She is not the harmless Grandma Policy Wonk the affectionate scribblers of the chattering classes like to say she is. She represents an America that would be genuinely hostile to Christians and destructive and lethal for those human beings who have not yet had the good fortune to be born.
John Oliver can occasionally be a funny guy, even though his sanctimonious liberalism can often be nauseating. But what he doesn’t understand is that his incredulousness is actually just an indication that he has no clue what conservatives care about, and no idea what Christians believe. If Oliver has even bothered to think this through at all, he must believe that the concerns Christians have about Hillary Clinton are so inconsequential that they can simply dismiss them out of sheer distaste for Donald Trump. There are plenty of Christians who have already stated that they cannot vote for Donald Trump come Election Day. There are plenty of others who believe that they must vote for Donald Trump in order to stop Hillary Clinton. The fact that Oliver and his media cronies cannot understand that is simply one more indication that the chasm between the progressive elites and conservative Christians is now so wide they cannot hear us anymore.