This Memorial Day has suffered more than its share of political debasement by the pseudo-patriots at Fox News and other right-wing media exploitation factories. For them the day isn’t about remembering America’s fallen heroes. They see it only as an opportunity to malign their ideological foes.
The compulsion to take advantage of this holiday was evident Sunday when Fox News criticized Vice-President Kamala Harris for wishing everyone well on the long weekend. The Fox crowd was appalled that Harris allegedly demeaned this otherwise somber day of remembrance as just a chance to enjoy some time with family and friends. Which is, of course, what just about everyone does. Twenty minutes later Fox posted a tweet about how to make holiday cocktails. So hypocrisy is still alive and well at Fox News.
On Monday Trump took his turn at posting his thoughts on Memorial Day. Since he’s been banished from Twitter, he posted a comment on his pitifully lame blog He giggled like like a school child that…
“Wow! I hear they have thousands and thousands of boats parading in Jupiter, despite the fact that they tried to cancel us. Everyone is having an incredible time. On this day, we especially appreciate everyone who served and fought for our great Country. I love you all!”
First of all, Trump is lauding these MAGA boaters for “having an incredible time,” which according to the Fox dictum is verboten. And all of the boats are flying Trump flags (many of which are desecrating the American flag), but none of them say anything to commemorate Memorial Day. More to the point, Trump, in his narcissistic fog, is imagining “thousands and thousands of boats” when video of the affair shows that there are at best a couple of dozen.
JUST IN – Trump says, "I hear they have thousands and thousands of boats parading in Jupiter, [Florida] despite the fact that they tried to cancel us." pic.twitter.com/EgrxzdXOVD
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) May 31, 2021
The small number of MAGA boaters are reminiscent of Trump’s delusional estimates of attendees at his inauguration and his cult rallies. His tendency to inflate numbers not only got him into trouble for flagrantly lying, but it’s also a factor in the criminal investigations currently in progress in New York where he has inflated and/or deflated the value of his real estate properties to defraud the IRS.
Not only is Trump’s new blog a bust, but according to The Wrap, his most recent TV interview on Newsmax got half as many viewers as a rerun of ‘Chopped’ on the Food Network. What’s more…
“MSNBC’s ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ grabbed 2.59 million total average viewers and 355,000 in the demo. Meanwhile, while Fox News’ ‘Hannity,’ a show Trump has been known to frequent, nabbed 2.318 million total viewers with an average 387,000 between 25 and 54. CNN’s ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ averaged 1.02 million viewers, with 222,000 in the key demo.”
For Trump, size has always mattered. And he will lie to benefit himself whenever he sees fit. It’s a problem that he exhibits in every facet of his personal and professional lives. But to be fair, he has to do it if he wants any positive press. The reality of his existence is downright depressing. He is, and will remain, America’s Biggest Loser.
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