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By Jane Chastain
Special to Anza Valley Outlook 

Legitimate discourse is an endangered species


Last updated 7/19/2018 at 12:41am

When bigoted Stephanie Wilkinson asked Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave her restaurant, it touched off a media feeding frenzy and, predictably, caused some political crazies to leave their filthy, hate-filled nests. 

The most notable was Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who went where no elected representative should ever be allowed to go.

At a rally in Los Angeles and again on MSNBC, Waters called on her supporters to confront and harass members of the Trump administration wherever they go over his policy of vigorously enforcing immigration laws.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”

Waters was trying to hype the policy of separating children from their parents who are taken into custody for trying to break into the country. Politicians like Waters know this situation is nothing new, but she never mentioned her concern during the administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. No, not a word. If people listen to her statements, they would think that President Donald Trump invented them. They would also hear that Trump is a racist, sexists and homophobe.

That rhetoric is a page right out of the radical left’s Marxist playbook: Tell a lie. Make it big. Repeat it often. Call anyone who disagrees names. Accuse them of harming children, breaking the law and ruling like a dictator.

Clearly, Waters, an unabashed apologist for former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Haiti’s democratically elected president turned brutal dictator and now deposed Jean-Bertrand Aristide, hates Trump. She has made that perfectly clear, calling for his impeachment soon after the election; however, this latest tirade crossed the line of civility and may border on the illegality of inciting a riot. Nevertheless, it is what her political supporters expect and her colleagues in the House of Representatives have tolerated for far too long. It was as predictable as it was reprehensible.

The thing that has saddened me most recently, however, are baseless or outright false political Facebook posts from otherwise reasonable people who should know better.

For the uninitiated, unflattering political posts targeting Democrats can land users in Facebook jail, but there seems to be no limit on slanderous posts directed at Republicans.

Personally, I think political posts on Facebook are verboten. Most people use the website as a way to keep up with family members and friends, but there are those who go where others fear to tread.

I offer as exhibit No. 1 a post that reads: “Fact: If you still support Trump, you would have supported Hitler.”

The day before, this person posted a quote from leftist political activist Rob Reiner who has compared Trump – biggest supporter of Israel of any recent president – to the Nazi police at Auschwitz. It read: “This November Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but inhumanity is. So are racism, incompetence, corruption …”

This friend is entitled to her political views, but she reposts anything she can find to support her theory that Trump is all of the above, such as a picture of a despicable billboard from a lunatic running for Congress in Tennessee that says, “Make America White Again.” Her caption, “This is Trump’s America. I can’t wrap my head around how racist this has become, not to mention how appalled I am by the people I know who support it.” Where are these people?

She failed to mention this guy is running as an independent, has been denounced by the GOP and has no relationship whatsoever to Trump.

She also reposted a statement that said Republicans just voted to take away food stamps from 1.5 million veterans, an assertion that has been completely fact-checked and debunked.

In this day and age where it is possible to research anything on the internet, it is inexcusable.

A number of her posts denounce Fox News as “fiction.”

Unfortunately, many people have trouble separating news shows from opinion shows like “The View.” News shows report only truth. If something is reported in error, it is corrected. However, news producers often slant their coverage simply by what they leave out, failing to tell the “whole truth,” as was the case with the children of illegal border crossers.

A wise viewer will watch “Special Report” on Fox News for its conservative slant, followed by a news show on one of the original three networks for their liberal slant. It’s often like these networks are on different planets. Anyone with an open mind will soon know the truth.

Jane Chastain is a Southern California-based broadcaster, author and political commentator. Despite her present emphasis on politics, she always will be remembered as the nation’s first female TV sportscaster, spending 17 years on the sports beat. She is now a pilot who lives on a private runway. Chastain writes a blog at


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