Fox News’s Fox and Friends tried to scare their viewers about Beto O’Rourke by breathlessly revealing that O’Rourke has books in his house, and he reads them.
Brian Kilmeade said, “Vanity Fair has a huge article and feature on [Beto O’Rourke], it’s almost as if they helped launch his campaign. Here’s a quote from it, he says: “I want to be in it, man. I’m just born to be in it.” They also point out that he has this huge library. As if it’s a big plus that he reads books. We would assume that. And he talks all the presidential libraries there, and the writer writes, there’s always a sense that he belongs on that as if a book of a president’s going to be in there.”
Brian Kilmeade says the Vanity Fair feature on Beto O'Rourke "point[s] out that he has this huge library. As if it's a big plus that he reads books." pic.twitter.com/1mZaHEn5uL
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 14, 2019
He reads books!!! Gasp. It is even worse. It appears that O’Rourke reads books to learn.
Fox News and Trump Are A Political Fahrenheit 451
The Fox and Friends clip is an illustration of how knowledge has been demonized in conservative thought and media. Trump is the role model for the sort of ignorance based belief system that is the backbone of the Republican Party. Republicans believe that tax cuts for the wealthy grow the economy, even though actual data suggests the opposite. Republicans believe that there is a crisis on the border. Republicans believe that Obamacare must be destroyed.
There are no facts. It is all feelings. In the Republican Party of Donald Trump, a belief bubble and feelings have replaced facts and information.
Fox is also already pulling from their old Obama playbook by suggesting that O’Rourke is arrogant and feels entitled to the presidency.
The name of the game for Fox News and Trump is to keep Republicans ignorant because belief and ignorance are the glue and tape that is holding the Trump GOP together.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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