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Friday, May 19, 2017

USA Today columnist to The Donald: At least you weren't assassinated

No president has faced as nasty and as monolithically opposed press than Donald John Trump has. Amidst a civil war, Lincoln could still count on hundreds of abolition newspapers including the intellectual leviathan of the age, the New York Tribune.

"No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly," President Trump said at the Coast Guard Academy commencement on Wednesday — and USA Today promptly (and unintentionally) prove him correct.


William Cummings, the Assistant Homefront Editor of the newspaper, wasted no time in writing, "5 politicians who were treated more unfairly than Trump."

History is very long, and despite Trump's "surety," from the Roman Emperor Caracalla, who was fatally stabbed by one of his soldiers while urinating along a roadside, to Nelson Mandela, who was labeled a terrorist and spent 27 years in prison, the past is replete with stories of politicians who had it rougher than Trump. 
But they got good press, which was Trump's point. By the way, Mandela was engaged in terrorism, not merely labeled a terrorist.

Cummings wrote;
The first Republican president has Trump beat for two big reasons. First, states began to secede before Lincoln even took office just based on what they knew about his attitudes toward slavery. And while Alec Baldwin's impression of Trump may not be terribly flattering, an actor who didn't like Lincoln took things a bit further and put a bullet in his head.
Whoa.

If you have to use Lincoln's assassination to defend Alec Baldwin's weekly mocking of President Trump, maybe you need to push away from the keyboard, go for a walk in the park, and meditate on the fate of the Washington Wizards (Cummings lives in the DC area) because you are way too vested in President Trump's demise.

Just like Cummings was too vested in Obama, too, for Cummings ended the column:
Like Revels, Barack Obama's opponents questioned his citizenship in an effort to deny his pioneering role in U.S. history. Despite being derided as a socialist who "pals around with terrorists" — some went so far as to label him the "Antichrist" — during the 2008 campaign, Obama went on to become America's first black president. Yet, some critics tried to question his legitimacy with a conspiracy theory that he was not born in the United States. Even after producing his birth certificate, these "birthers" refused to believe the president was an American. One prominent American, in particular, helped fuel the conspiracy (hint: his name rhymes with grump). 
"Some" critics.

Trump faces almost universal hatred and venom from press columnists and reporters.

By going to Lincoln's assassination, Cummings proved Trump's point. The argument that President Trump cannot complain about the press because an actor killed Lincoln is an admission that editors like Cummings will not serious consider a president's call for fairness.




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12 comments:

  1. I remember when Reagan was running for his first term as governor, Pat Brown (Jerry's dad)told some kid on a TV show that his parents shouldn't vote for Reagan because "Lincoln was killed by an actor." You gotta love those Democrats---they never change....or learn!
    -Fred

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  2. Cummings' essay has real Hi Skool history sophistication to it. But then again his paper is an officially certified Trump hater's manual of minimal complexity.
    The press would be quite happy to see Trump assassinated, I have no doubt. As I recall the AP's only complaints about his running off to events unaccompanied by the press early after his election was only that they might miss reporting an assassination attempt, "like Reagan" was how they put it, spilling their Freudian guts.
    Really, of what use if the press now? It only helps to serve every selfish whim of a small group of its very rich owners, not most of us. To me, It no longer deserves unlimited protection by the world's greatest political document

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  3. There are enough holes still remaining in Obama's life to warrant the suspicions people long harbored about him. Obama actively courted and fed those suspicions by his extensive, unprecedented legal maneuvers to hide even the most trivial facts about his upbringing. When not even one college classmate in his political science major at Columbia can recall Obama attending classes there, you have to wonder if anything about Obama's life story is real or whether it's complete fiction. We sure know a lot more of the mundane details about Trump's upbringing than we know about Obama's, even after 8 years of Obama being in the spotlight and the publication of two "autobiographical" books. Obama's strategy was to act suspiciously in order to taunt his opponents; he fed their doubts about him in order to mock them and to make light of the serious questions that people raised about his legitimacy. It's a strategy that worked.

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    1. Exactly correct, well stated, and I totally agree.

      Obama/Soetoro is the Manchurian candidate who actually got elected, to our great and lasting detriment. He was carefully groomed (but probably not by the Russians.)

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  4. To Obama: "During these first 100 days, what has surprised you the most about this office, enchanted you the most about serving in this office, humbled you the most and troubled you the most?"

    To Trump: "Have you... wondered if anything you have done ...has been worthy of criminal charges in these investigations or impeachment as some on the left are implying?"

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  5. When Mandela was necklacing adversaries and then put in jail, he was not a politician. He was a terrorist.

    Cummings sounds as dumb as his name-sharing dumb-ass congressman, Elijah.

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  6. No surprise. The d-bags over at Buzzfeed threw an impromptu office party upon hearing of Scalia's death. THAT'S the kind of people we're up against. As Alice Cooper sang, No More Mr. Nice Guy. Take it to 'em. We wanna dance on your graves, MSM.

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  7. Something Lincoln and the Coast Guards have in common.

    "You have to go out. You don't have to come back."

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  8. It was on the back cover of Obama's books that he was born in Kenya, IIRC.

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    1. True, but he lied so much to get attention/benefits. That might sell his books. I wonder if he was a "foreign" student too.

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  9. I didn't care where Obama was born. He was a disaster as president, never showed a truthful heart, nor did he show actual love of the USA.
    He was a great disappointment.

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  10. If you are using the assassination of a Roman Emperor, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, to refute Donald Trump's claim that he is the most unfairly treated politician - then you have just conceded his point.

    -Mikey NTH

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