By Kate Robinson
I have turned into a very skeptical person the last couple of years. I question our perceived reality on the daily and wonder if what we believe to be the truth is, indeed, factual. Some people might call me a conspiracy theorist, but I call myself a critical thinker.
Like everyone in the Republican Party, I’m currently pondering who our next presidential nominee should be. Former President Donald Trump recently announced he would officially run for a second term, but the popular narrative is that this is likely a bad move for Republicans. People point to the party’s weaker-than-expected midterm performance, which resulted in the loss of several favored Trump-endorsed candidates, as reason to oust him from the top of the GOP. On the other hand, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a rising star before the midterms and who won reelection in a landslide, is being touted as the new face of the conservative movement.
“Trump did a lot of great things, but it’s time for him to leave,” is the common phrase from Republicans these days. I feel like I’m in the minority among conservatives, but I truly believe Mr. Trump is still our best option. And for those Republicans who think otherwise, I have reason to believe the mainstream media is contributing heavily toward their opinion.
Not only does the media have an apparent left-leaning bias, but it also has an agenda rooted in corruption and fueled by elitists and foreign influence from places like communist China. Journalists cover current events that fit their narrative while downplaying, or outright rejecting, those that do little to serve their greater objectives. They distort reality.
It’s why a majority of the public believed Mr. Trump actually colluded with Russia in the 2016 election, even when there was never substantial evidence to prove it. It’s why they censored Hunter Biden’s laptop shenanigans for fear it would win Mr. Trump reelection. It’s why they’re still talking about Jan. 6 almost two years later, and why they call Mr. Trump and his supporters “conspiracy theorists” when they simply use their First Amendment right to question the legitimacy of elections.
Take the 2022 gubernatorial elections in Arizona as a prime example: In a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal wrote that Arizona’s Trump-endorsed candidates lost because “many Republican voters simply don’t like being fed Trump baloney about the 2020 election.” The article also claimed that Republican candidate Kari Lake was defeated by Democrat Katie Hobbs partly because she lost independents by seven points, according to exit polls. But what the media is not reporting now is that there was malfeasance and voter suppression in Arizona, to the point that it very likely impacted the outcome of the election.
Counties delayed certification while hundreds of voters and poll workers shared testimony of broken scanning machines in nearly half of all polling locations (which happened to be in areas of GOP strongholds), long lines, and “Box 3” ballots that were illegally mixed in with others. The ballots took weeks to count, and Ms. Hobbs, who conveniently happens to be the current secretary of state, oversaw the entire debacle. It has also been discovered that Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer was running a dark money PAC to defeat Ms. Lake. These are all facts. Objective truth. Shouldn’t mainstream media cover these stories?
If this is happening in Arizona, couldn’t it also be occurring elsewhere? Georgia also reported similar issues with its voting machines. Is it more than a coincidence that its senate race is heading into a runoff? Were other Trump-backed candidates purposely cheated out of their races? Why is the media silent on all of this?
Because they don’t want us to know that it’s not really Mr. Trump who’s the problem.
The current efforts to prevent Mr. Trump from making another run at the oval office is a coordinated attack from the left, using the corrupt media as a megaphone for their manufactured marketing campaign. Mr. Trump exposed them once and will certainly do it again. As a communication student who studies message design and public relations tactics, I know how easy it is to influence the masses. The formula for doing so really is quite simple, and it’s painfully apparent that that is what’s happening now.
I am convinced that the rather weak performance of Republicans on election day came not from Mr. Trump but from those within the party who fell into the trap of a corrupt media and the uni-party, establishment billionaires who leverage them. The evil deep state wants the Republican Party to be divided and to fight amongst each other, like we are now. Afterall, our weakness wins their battles.
We must ditch their narratives and become independent thinkers. It’s the only way to preserve our party, and the only way we’ll prevail.
Ms. Robinson is a native Arizonan and junior at Chapman University. She is majoring in strategic & corporate communication and minoring in broadcast journalism and history.
Editor’s Note: Click here to read an opposing viewpoint by Ethan Oppenheim. Let us know who you agree with in the comments section.