New York Times Still Going 'Both Sides' On Trump & His Critics Who Support Actual Democracy
The New York Times is up to its usual antics. Friday, the paper of Bryan Adams records pulled a Chuck Schumer and equated zealous First Amendment-protected criticism of Donald Trump with the current president's unprecedented attacks on his political opponents and any media outlet that doesn't employ Sean Hannity. This is not a new stupid thing. The media will often spin Trump's unprovoked sexist, racist attacks on "Horseface" or "Pocahontas" as a "feud" like its some comic-book clash of the titans. However, coming off a week when prominent Democrats, including two former presidents, were sent pipe bombs, it's appalling but not surprising that the house Dean Baquet torched has chosen to stay the idiotic course.
Really?The New York Times
It's like a bad TV game show: "Who Wants to Get a Million Death Threats!" First contestant is George Soros. Here's some withering commentary on the president from January.
"I consider the Trump administration a danger to the world. But I regard it as a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020, or even sooner."
That's some mild salsa from Del Gringo rhetoric. What has Trump said about the right-wing bogeyman Soros?
The president of the United States claims, without evidence, that protesting citizens are "paid professionals" and are "troublemakers" on Soros's payroll. However, Soros suggested that Trump might leave office sooner than the 2020 election, and although that logically refers to the Constitutional remedy of impeachment, only two presidents were ever impeached but four were assassinated. So, statistically speaking, Soros is possibly threatening the president's life, which is a crime. Where's the civility?
Next up is House Rep. Maxine Waters. She got all up in Trump's face because his administration was separating migrant children from their families at the border.
"We don't know what damage has been done to these children. All that we know is they're in cages. They're in prisons. They're in jails. I don't care what they call it, that's where they are and Mr. President, we will see you every day, every hour of the day, everywhere that we are to let you know you cannot get away with this."
Oh my God, is it over yet? Can I open my eyes? Anyway, here's Trump's response two days later.
Trump claims that Waters "called for harm" to his supporters, which is an outright lie. But even if true, he all gangster-like advises "Max" (not her name) to "be careful what you wish for." This is a clear call for violent retaliation. He repeated this later when future bomb recipient Eric Holder said at a rally for Stacey Abrams that "when they go low, we kick 'em." The Times quotes Holder in its article up to this point but neglects to include what he said literally minutes later: "When I say we, you know, 'We kick 'em,' I don't mean we do anything inappropriate. We don't do anything illegal." Holder is talking about playing politics to win, which is hardly an abrupt change from the non-existent days when Democrats and Republicans held hands and sang along to Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now." The Times running Holder's quote out of a clear context that was provided weeks ago is mind boggling.
This is what Republicans want. Hugh Hewitt claimed that angry citizens yelling at Mitch McConnell in a restaurant is "equivalent" to Democrats receiving explosive junk mail. Appeasers like Schumer and the Times want to "both sides" this because that "feels" like "finding common ground." But this ain't couples counseling, and a guy slapping his wife isn't "equivalent" to her regularly burning his toast. Only one person is responsible for the abusive relationship. Conservatives would love for the Left, for the marginalized, to just... give up, to never express our anger through the Constitutional means available to us. The supposed "good" Republicans tell us to stop making a public fuss and just vote, which is an option their own brethren actively attempt to deny us. And don't come at me about the "incivility" of yelling at people in restaurants when you can't even handle NFL players quietly kneeling during the National Anthem.
History will treat well Trump's most vocal critics, who don't restrict their actions to flowery speeches on the Senate floor. It will likely be less kind toward the New York Times itself.
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