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The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?

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Protesters in Bethlehem burning a poster of Trump over his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
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I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons.

Multitudes are being swayed by mainstream media-inspired demonization of the new US president, based on selective assumptions and half-truths.

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US mainstream media, which rarely deviates from supporting the American government's conduct, however reckless, is now presenting Trump as if an aberration of otherwise egalitarian, sensible, and peace-loving US policies at home and abroad.

Trump may be described with all the demeaning terminology that one's livid imagination can muster: evil, wicked, tyrannical, misogynist, war-mongering, rich buffoon, "insulting our allies," infatuating with "dictators," etc.

But do not miss the point.

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If you chant in the street: "I am with her," with reference to the defeated Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, it means that you are entirely missing the point.

To reminisce about the days of Barack Obama, his oratory skills, clean diplomacy and model, "relatable" family, means that you have bought into the mass deception, the intellectual demagoguery, stifling group-think that pushed us to these extremes, in the first place.

And, within this context, "missing the point," can be quite dangerous, even deadly.

It is interesting how the lives of Yemenis suddenly matter, referring to the US military botched a raid late last month against an alleged al-Qaeda stronghold in that country, killing mostly civilians.

A beautiful 8-year-old girl, Nawar al-Awlaki, was killed in the operation -- planned under the Obama administration, but approved by Trump. Many chose to ignore that Nawar's 16-year-old brother -- both US citizens -- was killed by the US military under Obama, a few years earlier.

Yemen has been a target in the US so-called "war on terror" for many years. Many civilians have been killed, their deaths only being questioned by human rights groups, seldom mainstream media.

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Yemen is one of the seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens are now being barred from entering the US by the ban.

The emotional mass response by hundreds of thousands of protesters rejecting such an abhorrent decision is heartening but also puzzling.

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Ramzy Baroud is the Managing Editor of Middle East Eye. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold (more...)
 

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