If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I am Never Trump, so this article may surprise you. I wrote about Jane Goodall in an article for Red Alert Politics, but I wanted to expand to discuss it a bit more here on my blog.
If a journalist or commentator wants to negatively discuss a presidential candidate, like Donald J. Trump or Hillary Clinton, based on his or her’s record in both the public and private sector, that is a completely acceptable form of criticism.
However, Associate Editor Chris D’Angelo took dirty politics to a whole new level when he published an article for the Huffington Post titled Trump’s Behavior Similar To Male Chimpanzee, Says Jane Goodall. The subtitle is “Well, she’s the expert.”
The article quotes anthropologist Jane Goodall whom D’Angelo quotes from another article in the Atlantic, “In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” Goodall told The Atlantic. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks.”
He adds that Goodall says she will be thinking of a misbehaving chimpanzee named “Mike” during the upcoming debate against Hillary Clinton.
Jane Goodall is quick to point out Donald Trump’s faults and even use a racist analogy by comparing someone to a primate, but what is staggering is her lack of comment on Hillary Clinton’s behavior.
Hillary Clinton has consistently done her share of chest bumping which Goodall fails to mention.
Clinton has a consistent need to lie. She has tried to silence her husband’s sexual misconduct victims. She did nothing about the situation in Benghazi, costing the US lives in 2012. She failed to secure her personal server, putting national security interests at risk. The list goes on and on. The only animal that comes to mind for her is a shark.
As for D’Angelo, I find it ironic that he writes a whole article to complain about Trump’s alleged animal like behavior and his insults. After which, he finds time to throw in some insults of his own, as if he is exhibiting this ape-like behavior that Goodall wrote about. At one point, he calls out Trump’s “childish tidbits” and says “To date, we’ve not seen Trump drag branches or throw rocks, although anything is possible.” He then goes on to comment about Trump’s lack of a verbal filter.
What is truly interesting is D’Angelo’s gem of an editor’s note at the bottom, “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar….” That’s only the first line.
Perhaps a better title of the article would have been, “According to Jane Goodall’s Logic, My Behavior Is Similar To A Male Chimpanzee.”
As to how HuffPo lets their editors and writers get away with this kind of fake journalism, I have no idea. I understand criticisms of policy, conduct, etc., but stooping to insulting someone by comparing them to a primate, that is below the belt.
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