Jon Meacham says ‘There is a lizard brain in this country’
‘Donald Trump is a product of the white man’s, the anguished, nervous white guy’s lizard brain,’ Jon Meacham said
Former Newsweek editor-in-chief turned presidential historian Jon Meacham claimed that President Donald Trump is the product of “the anguished, nervous white guy’s lizard brain.”
“Well, it was remarkable to watch it in person,” said Meacham.
“I had never seen a general election debate actually in the room, and one man was running for president of the United States, and the other man was auditioning for a show on Fox.”
“And that may sound like an attempt at glibness, but it was the innate reaction I had to watching the president who dwells in this wilderness of mirrors, to borrow a phrase from the Cold War,” he added.
“Where there are these code words, and it is a language that I’m sure makes sense to a certain segment of his base.”
Meacham’s statements were described as ‘indicative of a long-standing trend in the media of insulting and biased comments about Trump supporters’
“There is a lizard brain in this country.”
“Donald Trump is a product of the white man’s, the anguished, nervous white guy’s lizard brain,” he continued.
“And there’s, there could be a twitch there.”
Meacham won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography on Andrew Jackson.
He also contributes to The New York Times Book Review and to Time magazine.
Meacham recently endorsed Joe Biden for president at the Democratic National Convention.
The former editor is also the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in American Presidency at Vanderbilt University.
The lizard brain is ‘implicated as the seat of emotion, addiction, mood, and lots of other mental and emotional processes’
Meacham’s statements were described as “indicative of a long-standing trend in the media of insulting and biased comments about Trump supporters,” by Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley.
“Analysts seem to have dispensed with any notion of restraint or reason in such attacks,” Turley noted.
“What is most troubling is that there are students who support Trump at Vanderbilt [University], and there have been complaints for years about an increasingly hostile environment for conservative students.”
“Taking a professor who has publicly dismissed your political views as the result of lizard brain is hardly welcoming.”
“What is striking is that Meacham is supposed to give what NBC, MSNBC, and PBS present as neutral, scholarly analysis.”
“But his comment about Trump supporters having lizard brains captures why conservative or independent voters view the networks as biased and gratuitously insulting.”
The lizard brain is “implicated as the seat of emotion, addiction, mood, and lots of other mental and emotional processes,” according to Psychology Today.
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