New York Instances columnist David Brooks wrote a nasty column for Friday’s paper headlined “The G.O.P. Is Getting Even Worse: Trumpians are having a venomous panic assault.” Naturally, the PBS NewsHour singled it out for consideration on Friday night, and his liberal counterpart Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Submit and MSNBC beloved it.

Judy Woodruff introduced it up she complained Republicans are resisting Nancy Pelosi’s plans on a 9/11-style fee in regards to the January 6 riots. (On Monday, PBS devoted solely 20 seconds to the information that Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick died of strokes, not from rioter violence.) Capehart warned of the “rise of far-right extremism,” which led proper to Trump voters.

Brooks cited one ballot the place folks had been requested, “Do you assume politics is for insurance policies or do you assume it is for nationwide survival? Greater than 50 % of Trump voters assume it is about nationwide survival. Solely 19 % assume authorities is about insurance policies.” He warned Trump voters assume they should “armor up. They should get violent.” 

This ballot is not quite available online. However what sort of pollster asks if the federal government is “about insurance policies”? It is like calling and asking is meals about consuming.

Then Brooks touted an Economist-YouGov ballot: 

In one other survey query, folks stated, which of those two feedback do extra agree with, it is a large, stunning world stuffed with people who find themselves largely good, or our lives are threatened by criminals, terrorists and unlawful aliens, immigrants? Seventy-five % of Biden voters supported large stunning world; 66 % of Trump voters supported our lives are at risk.

The precise query was: “It’s a giant, stunning world, largely full of excellent folks, and we should discover a technique to embrace one another and never enable ourselves to turn out to be remoted” or “Our lives are threatened by terrorists, criminals and unlawful immigrants, and our precedence needs to be to guard ourselves.”

That is worded in a manner that almost all conservatives hear it as “Are you a woolly-headed globalist hippie, or do you assume armies and law enforcement officials and the Second Modification are vital?” These folks cannot take into account that Trump voters might have been expressing pessimism about potential rioting after the Chauvin trial, that there is a surge on the border, and so they do not belief the Democrats to protect regulation and order within the large cities they run.

Even Philip Bump of The Washington Submit thought the questions had been hyperbolic (he singled out the “large stunning world” half, however the pessimistic is just is worse.) “The latter is a bit over-the-top, for one, like one thing you would possibly learn on a sandwich board exterior a small espresso store in Santa Cruz, Calif. However that’s the purpose. Individuals had been requested which excessive they discovered extra intently mirrored their very own sentiments. And most Republicans selected the one about the necessity to hunker down in opposition to shadowy risks, at the same time as a ‘unsure’ possibility was accessible.”

This implies the ballot was a “push ballot” destined to supply Brooks his nightmare state of affairs of extra violent Republican rioters and make Democrats seem like great individuals who love a “large stunning world.” Perhaps some selected “hold up on the pollster” as an possibility.

Capehart might solely add: “We aren’t going to have the ability to maintain the enterprise that’s America collectively so long as one of many two main events on this nation, one, would not govern, and, two, offers voice to and provides cowl for home terrorists, racism, and the perpetuation of white supremacy. We won’t survive if that’s the manner the Republican Social gathering will stay.”

As typical, PBS desperately wanted any type of stability or pushback to this liberal hootenanny. The Brooks column additionally feinted to the “excesses of the social justice motion,” however PBS wasn’t going so as to add that half. 

This one-sided spectacle on the PBS NewsHour delivered to you by Shopper Mobile and Johnson & Johnson. 

A transcript is under.

WOODRUFF: David, your column in the present day in The New York Instances, you carry, frankly, a sobering warning about what’s occurred to Republicans since President Trump left workplace. Spell out somewhat of what you are seeing and what your concern is.

BROOKS: Sure, nicely, a few of us had hopes that, when Trump was not spewing hate from the Oval Workplace, life would settle down. In actual fact, the Republican Social gathering has grown extra radical, extra radical in a selected manner. It is turn out to be extra catastrophically pessimistic. In a single ballot, folks had been requested, do you assume politics is for insurance policies or do you assume it is for nationwide survival? Greater than 50 % of Trump voters assume it is about nationwide survival. Solely 19 % assume authorities is about insurance policies.

In one other survey query, folks stated, which of those two feedback do extra agree with, it is a large, stunning world stuffed with people who find themselves largely good, or our lives are threatened by criminals, terrorists and unlawful aliens, immigrants? Seventy-five % of Biden voters supported large stunning world; 66 % of Trump voters supported our lives are at risk.

And so this is a bunch of people that really feel the very existence of the nation they know is threatened and they should armor up. They should get violent. They’ve to organize for the approaching conflagration.

And that is only a horribly pessimistic mentality in a rustic the place democracy relies on us having religion in one another and having some sense of psychic safety. And in order that deep, deep pessimism is, I am afraid, radicalizing the celebration, and ongoing.

WOODRUFF: Jonathan, ideas on that?

CAPEHART: I learn David’s column, and I assumed it was terrific. And it’s a sobering warning for the remainder of the nation. What has occurred to the Republican Social gathering, it is horrible for governance, but it surely’s additionally horrible for the route that the nation goes in, particularly a rustic that’s altering demographically as rapidly as the USA.

We aren’t going to have the ability to maintain the enterprise that’s America collectively so long as one of many two main events on this nation, one, would not govern, and, two, offers voice to and provides cowl for home terrorists, racism, and the perpetuation of white supremacy. We won’t survive if that’s the manner the Republican Social gathering will stay.