When a domestic extremist kills innocent Americans we usually give the President the benefit of the doubt and assume he does not side with the extremist. Well, Jake Tapper and the liberal media is not going to extend that benefit to President Trump until he specifically denounces white nationalism. A few months ago he did condemn ALL political extremism, when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up a baseball field full of Republican members of congress. They did not require him to denounce socialism, which was the religion of the shooter, but this time such a blanket condemnation is not enough. The media wants the headline, “Trump condemns White Nationalism.”
The media wants something that can be seen as a denial. They also want to keep the story going. They can say one week later, Trump still has not denounced white nationalism. Let’s spend that next segment on CNN pondering why.
As I said, the partisan nature of the media has changed:
In 1995 when a member of a militia group drove a truck bomb into a federal building killing 268 people, we assumed the President, Bill Clinton at the time, opposed the action. No one in the media suggested that he needed to be forceful in his denouncing the militia movement. We all just assumed that he opposed the militias.
In 1975 Charles Manson and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme hatched a plan to start a race war in America. It failed, but no one claimed that President Gerald Ford needed to specifically denounce dangerous cults. The media just assumed he opposed dangerous cults.
But it is different today. The media hates Trump and any opportunity they can find to tar him they will take.
Years ago there was a supermarket tabloid that broke a major story. They claimed that the Soviet Union had contacts with aliens from outer space. The aliens were helping them with their space program. Only one hitch with the story. They had no evidence, but the editor came up with an idea. He told the reporter to keep calling the soviet embassy and get a denial. The reporter tried for one year, finally someone at the embassy, after laughing for 20 minutes no doubt, agreed and said “we deny it.”
They had their headline, “Aliens from outer space in contact with the Russians, Soviets deny report.” By denying it the Soviets gave some credence to the story.
Like the tabloid reporter Jake Tapper wants to force Trump to either denounce white nationalism, or admit he is a white nationalist. While he is at it he might want to ask if Trump has stopped beating his wife.
Jake Tapper spent two segments of his showing trying to brand Trump a white nationalist. And on his show he had, as the token Republican, Bill Kristol. You remember Bill. He is the editor of the Weekly Standard. The fake conservative magazine that promoted the Iraq war. Bill claimed that the war would be a “cakewalk”. Well, Trump denounced the war as a disaster, a slight that Kristol no doubt took personally.
So Tapper has Kristol on the show, knowing he is a “never Trumper” who will attack the President. Tapper is a propagandist, and Kristol is a tool and CNN is a disgrace.
But the good news. It sure is great to have a Republican President that does not take the foreign policy advice of Bill Kristol.