This Friday has been a day filled with significant news stories that have a profound impact on the nation and the world. For instance, Donald Trump asked his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to investigate the New York Times for publishing an op-ed by an anonymous author. Trump’s campaign foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, was sentenced in federal court. Hurricanes are heading toward both Hawaii and the East Coast of the United States. And Russia is threatening an offensive in Syria that could put American soldiers at risk. So what is the top story on the Fox News website this afternoon?
That’s right. Donald Trump trolls former President Barack Obama by saying that “I fell asleep” during the speech Obama gave today at the University of Illinois. That seems like a pretty sorry effort at trolling. After all, Trump is essentially admitting that he’s a tired old coot with weak stamina. In fact, The Fox News lede could just as well have read:
“A doddering old man, with observable physical and mental infirmities, is unable to stay awake in the middle of the day during a noteworthy speech by a former president even though it is partially about him.”
Of course, that would be somewhat unwieldy as a headline, but it’s a more accurate representation of the facts. Why would Trump want to portray himself as having such low energy, a criticism he used to throw at Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush? What’s more, if Trump had trouble staying awake for this speech, he had better see his doctor immediately. Obama gave an eloquent and rousing address that covered a broad range of important issues facing the country. Here is a just a taste (full video below):
“Over the past few decades, the politics of division and resentment and paranoia has, unfortunately, found a home in the Republican Party. This Congress has championed the unwinding of campaign finance laws to give billionaires outside influence over our politics; systematically attacked voting rights to make it harder for young people and minorities and the poor to vote; handed out tax cuts without regard to deficits; slashed the safety net wherever it could; cast dozens of votes to take away health insurance from ordinary Americans.
They embraced wild conspiracy theories like those surrounding Benghazi; or my birth certificate; rejected science; rejected facts on things like climate change; embraced a rising absolutism on a willingness to default on America’s debt by not paying our bills; to a refusal to even meet, much less consider, a qualified nominee for the Supreme Court because he happened to be nominated by a Democratic president. None of this is conservative … It sure isn’t normal. It’s radical.
And that put Trump to sleep? These weren’t even the parts that spoke directly about him. He probably wouldn’t have appreciated Obama reducing him to a symptom of today’s political divisiveness. Trump wants to always be the center of attention. And Obama directly addressed Trump’s Stalinist tendencies toward the media by saying that “I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them ‘enemies of the people.”
If Donald Trump has trouble maintaining consciousness during a speech like this, imagine how difficult it must be for him to stay awake during national security briefings. And what about legal consultations with his personal attorneys handling Robert Mueller’s investigation into his collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice? And if he’s only kidding around, it’s an idiotic attempt at humor that only reaffirms the perception of him as being confused and oblivious. Which is a perception that has been reaffirmed so often that we can just accept it as fact at this point.
How Fox News Deceives and Controls Their Flock:
Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Cult of Ignorance.
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