Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Why Is It Necessary to Lie about Donald Trump? Stop Making a Martyr of Donald Trump.

Why Is It Necessary to Lie about Donald Trump?

By RICH LOWRY, National Review, March 20, 2024 - Donald Trump routinely provides plenty of fodder for his critics, raising the question of why they still feel compelled to lie about him.

Take his now-famous rally in Ohio last weekend. He saluted the anthem of the J6 choir at the outset and then called the imprisoned J6 rioters “hostages” and promised to pardon them.

That, together with his frequent references to the 2020 election being stolen, would seem perfectly adequate material to catalyze several news cycles of outrage, and understandably so.

But no, sticking to what was unambiguously said and meant wasn’t enough. Not nearly enough. As we all know, the press and hostile commentators had to insist that Trump had directly threatened political violence by referring to a “bloodbath” if he doesn’t win election in 2024.

To take just one prominent example: Joe Scarborough passionately declared the other day that “bloodbath” meant literal bloodbath, context notwithstanding. The key tell for him was that Trump said “that’s going to be the least of it.” That’s a fairly obvious reference to there being other economic and policy disasters in a Biden second term. But Scarborough believes that even if Trump meant a metaphorical bloodbath in reference to the auto industry, he meant a literal bloodbath in reference to everything else. (continue reading)

Stop Making a Martyr of Donald Trump

 He benefits enormously from media overreaction to his irresponsible rhetoric.

By Jonah Goldberg, The Dispatch, Mar 20, 2024- At a rally in Ohio on Saturday, Donald Trump said that if he is not elected in November, there will be a “bloodbath.”

That he said that much is true. Having actually read the text of his remarks, however, I do not believe he was threatening: “Elect me president or the streets will run red with blood.” 

But that is exactly how many, particularly in the media, interpreted his comment. “In Ohio campaign rally, Trump says there will be a ‘bloodbath’ if he loses November election,” read a CBS News headline. “Trump says country faces ‘bloodbath’ if Biden wins in November,” announced Politico.

In context, though, two things are pretty clear. First, Trump meant reelecting President Joe Biden would be a catastrophe, or “bloodbath,” for the automotive industry. (continue reading)

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