You can tell an election is just around the corner by the blooming stench of Republican lies and the contempt for anyone that is less than wholly obedient to their vile doctrine. And one of the best indicators of the spreading desperation on the right is Donald Trump’s overflowing flop sweat in the form of ever more shrieking hyperbole and sheer panic.
So now it isn’t enough for Trump to recklessly malign the media as “the enemy of the people.” That nasty screed has already put the lives and safety of journalists at risk. One of Trump’s fanboys recently sent mail bombs to members of the press, along with other critics of the President. And Trump’s State TV media mouthpiece (aka Fox News) recently defended him by saying that all he wants is for the media to “report stories the way he wants them reported.” The implication being that if the media complies with that fascist demand, he will refrain from calling them the enemy.
Now, however, Trump is trying to turn the tables on those who correctly hold him accountable for the upsurge in political hostilities. Trump was asked a question by Karen Travers of ABC News as he prepared to leave the White House to attend yet another of his ego-gratifying cult rallies. Travers wanted to know if Trump thought his rhetoric could provoke violence (video below). Trump replied:
“You’re creating violence by your questions. You are creating, you. And also a lot of reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth. The fake news is creating violence.”
That is a patently insane comment that undermines the whole concept of a free press. Trump is explicitly saying that he regards the mere act of asking questions to be an act of provocation. And he is unambiguously accusing the press of inciting violence for just doing their job. What’s more, he is attributing that alleged violence to the press “not writing the truth.” Although he doesn’t offer any examples to support the charge. The reality is that he simply regards anything that is critical of him to be false. And he is so perturbed by his deranged perception of truth that he lashes out with a straight-up mob-style ultimatum:
“The people who support Trump, and the people who support us, which is a lot of people – most people, many people – those people know when a story is true and they know when a story is false. And I’ll tell you what, if the media would write correctly, and write accurately, and write fairly, you’d have a lot less violence in the country.”
First of all, Trump is overtly lying about his support. He lost the election by more than three million votes. And ever since then he has struggled to get his approval ratings into the low forties. He has never had “most people” supporting him.
More to the point, Trump is making a not-so-subtle threat that there will be less violence if the media would just bend to his will. If they would stop writing stories that criticized him, documented his failures, or accurately presented his own words, then they would have nothing further to fear. It’s from the old Mafia Protection Racket school of persuasion. And it’s thoroughly Trumpian.
How Fox News Deceives and Controls Their Flock:
Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Cult of Ignorance.
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Asked about new @ABC News/WaPo poll finding 49% believe he encourages politically motivated violence with the way he speaks, Pres. Trump tells @karentravers, "You're creating violence by your question…A lot of the reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth." pic.twitter.com/pm4YI4VTao
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 2, 2018