The television screen made Barr popular and rich but it was a screen connected to the web through Twitter that once and for all glaringly showed the world that her internal hatred and racism actually helped fueled her career by giving her a large audience that somehow can relate to her. So let’s not forget Barr’s persona is a creation of collective hatred disseminated on a screen to an adoring crowd. She didn’t suddenly become a racist or someone who would support the racist President Donald Trump. Her fame qualified the hate, masked its stench.
We can all understand the dilemma mainstream media outlets face. Does the very act of just reporting on Trump’s latest bizarre tweet or action normalize it to some degree? Should Trump simply be ignored at times? The answer is yes to both questions. But the real answer to righteously covering the immoral Trump is to discard the old “both sides” rhetorical format used by journalists and state the truth unequivocally.
So just how long will the Republican Party leadership and Trump’s supporters continue to support a president who obviously cannot be trusted to speak truthfully at any level in his professional and about his personal life? Harvard University should do a psychological measurement study before we no longer live in a democracy. The question is rhetorical and existential as well, and, as gaudy as the once-upon-a-time story of the president and the porn star might be, it’s important to the well-being of what’s left of our declining democracy.
Will the United States continue to be governed by an authoritarian and anti-democratic narcissist surrounded by unqualified sycophants and opportunists or will it elect decisive Democratic Party majorities in the House and Senate that will provide desperately needed checks and balances on President Donald Trump’s chaotic tyranny?