Sunday, July 2, 2017

President Trump Continues Assault on Free Press as New Tweet Condones Violence on Reporters

One would think that President Trump's attacks on a free press had gone as low as he possible could have this week with his twitter attack MSNBC's Morning Joe Hosts, Mika Brzezinski, and Joe Scarborough, which included not only his sexist mocking of Brzezinski's appearance but also lies about their trip over New Year's to the President's Maralago resort.  But on the heels of that tweet came Brzezinski and Scarborough's claim that President Trump used a threatened National Enquirer expose of Brzezinski and Scarborough's relationship (they are divorced and now are engaged to one another) to try to extort better coverage of the President on their show  Calls from the White House, including apparently from Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, indicated that if they were willing to apologize to President Trump for their past criticism of the President and provide more favorable coverage in the future, the President would have the publisher of the National Enquirer, with whom the President is close friends, pull the story.  The Morning Joe hosts refused and the story ran.

It should be noted that this is not the first time President Trump threatened to expose the Morning Joe hosts' relationship because he did not like how they talked about him on the program.  He tweeted such a threat earlier this year, though it seems in discussing the President's more recent tweets about the program the reporters have forgotten about the earlier threat President Trump made.

So we're at the bottom, right?  Think again.  Never bet against President Trump finding a way to lower the dignity of his office and lowering political civility yet further.  As the network morning news shows were taking place, President Trump posted this spoof of his physically assaulting a CNN reporter:

In an environment in which a Republican congressional candidate assaulted a reporter because he didn't like the question he was asking and a Democratic nutjob began shooting at Republicans members of Congress at a baseball practice, the last thing we need is the President using his position to undermine civility and condone violence.  While many may simply laugh off the President's professional wrestling spoof, the fact is there are people on the margins of society who are going to take such a video as the President himself condoning violence on reporters.  Of course, Donald Trump has condoned violence at his rallies before so this isn't new.

Okay, we've finally reached the bottom, right?


Annette said...

Just as you said, when we think he can't go any lower, he does. This man has no concept of what it means to be the President of the United States. One would think that the leader of the free world would have more important things to do than obsess about his ratings and popularity. We are now living in an alternate reality - as someone who is going to be 67 years old, I hope I live long enough to see things turn around with a REAL leader in the White House.

Pete Boggs said...

Proportionate reality favors the President's tweet spoof; a lampoon response to propagandist "media." The pretense of civility in response to barbarism is insane capitulation. The President is brilliantly assisting faux-gressives; by helping them out themselves as the miserable anti-Americans they are.

Anonymous said...

The "media" are the actual enemy of freedom of the press.

The more the media bash President Donald Trump the stronger he becomes.

It is fair to say not one U.S. President has been more disrespected and more maligned than President Trump. Not one. Even those presidents who truly deserved it.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Pete, I don't consider the American tradition of a free press that Trump is attacking to be a "barbaric" concept. And the notion there is anything brilliant in any of Trump's tweets, well I still haven't seen that yet. His tweets almost always hurt him and the Republican Party. A smart man wouldn't continually shoot himself in his foot like Trump does.

I don't have a problem with the "lampooning" except for the fact there are people out there on the edge who will see it as permission to physically assault reporters. We already had exactly that happen in Montana. At his rallies, Trump also encouraged his supporters to attack protesters. He later tried to claim he wasn't serious, but the fact is some of his supporters did act on what he said, and one even sued him over it.

Anonymous said...

I am far more worried about low-intellect corporatist crony RINO fake conservative Mike Pence being a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

As for President Donald J. Trump, the man took family business wealth and created an empire.

To all DJT's detractors I ask what the hell have they accomplished other than non-stop sour grapes complaining.

You people would find fault with God.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Anon 8:35,

Trump inherited $100 million dollars. Empire? The man's "empire" declared bankruptcy 6 times. He stiffed so many banks in the US, he had to go outside the US to get anyone to loan him money. Trump's only real success up until the election was the Apprentice show. Everything else he had failed at.

As far as RINOs goes, there is no bigger RINO in the world than Donald J. Trump. There is no comparison between Pence's conservative credentials and Trump's. Trump only began pretending he was a conservative and a Republican 5 years ago.

True Republican said...


Pence long ago flushed his conservative credentials down the toilet! He has done nothing but carry out DJT's orders and defend every single thing the man says and does. Also his picking of Eric Holcomb to be his LG and then to become Governor has shown just how much of a fraud his conservatism is.