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Unless you live under a rock in a deep, dark cave, you know of the suspected bombs sent to a number of high profile Trump critics yesterday. These targets ranged from the Obamas and Clintons to CNN and more. Let me start out by saying I hope the authorities find the person responsible and he–or she–is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. What bothers me the most about this, however, is how the much of the media is covering the story, not to mention the response from much of the Democratic Party.
Let’s get this out of the way before we go any further. Trump is a master at whipping up emotions. We all know that. It is one of the reasons he was able to win the election. He struck a cord with voters that politicians hadn’t managed to connect with in years, decades even.
However, and this is important, he isn’t the only one whipping up emotions and stirring the emotional pot of our country. Maxine Waters has publicly encouraged her supporters to “harass” members of the Trump Administration. We’ve watched two years or more of Antifa “protestors” resorting to violence and destruction of private property in order to silence voices they didn’t want to hear. Where has the Democratic Party been in condemning this action? Where have they been in calling for calm and trying to bridge the gap in this nation?
I’ll tell you where. It’s been MIA. Hell, it’s been worse. It has been on the sidelines, cheering these assholes on.
But now that their own tactics have been turned on them, they want to claim the role of victim. Well, let’s be honest, they long ago claimed that role. Now they are publicly embracing it. Instead of coming out to condemn the person responsible for sending the so-called bombs, they instead came out and blamed it all on President Trump. Yes, that’s right. It’s all the President’s fault.
Now, here’s the thing. I’m not always a Trump fan. I think he stirs the pot, intentionally or not, at times with a little silence or consideration would do. But he isn’t the first politician to do it and he won’t be the last. He has also had the balls to call out the media for their bias, something no politician has done to the degree the President has.
There is something else as well. Buried deep under the lede of all the media coverage is one simple fact: these devices appear to be bombs but the authorities haven’t actually said they are. The official word is they have all the earmarks of crudely built explosive devices, right down to a black powder that “might” be explosive in nature.
But that doesn’t make nearly the impact of saying bombs were sent that could cause serious bodily injury or death, does it?
Then you have ABC and Good Morning America. Just a few minutes ago, good ole George Stephanopolous was doing his lead-in to yet another segment about the devices. This time, he did admit Trump was more toned down yesterday as he condemned what happened. But he couldn’t leave it at that. Oh no. After making sure all his viewers knew the President then turned at least part of the blame for the current climate that might have lead to the events of the last 24-hours, he added that the President failed to take any responsibility himself.
Now, other than the fact that we all know good ole George purely hates the fact Trump beat his girl Hillary, there was no call for that sort of editorializing of the story. I have very little respect for little Georgie these days. He could have earned some of it back if, feeling the need to take a jab at the President, he had also noted the inflamed rhetoric coming out of the Democrats as well. But no, he isn’t going to do that. Could it be he hopes to one day return to the White House himself?
Then there is one other consideration. We don’t know who sent these devices. We don’t know what their motivation or goals might have been. Yes, it is possible it was someone who, due to some form of mental illness, took some of the President’s rhetoric and decided it was a call to action. But it is just as likely this is someone who had some sort of personal grievance, real or imagined, against one or more of those targeted and the others were simply a means to muddy the waters. Then there is the reaction many of us had when we first heard about the alleged bombs and their “targets”. Could this be an attempt by someone wanting to make the Democratic Party and its candidates look more attractive for the midterm elections? It’s a very dangerous way of doing it but it wouldn’t be the first time someone went off the rails trying to influence and election.
Here’s the thing, the person responsible needs to be found and quickly. Only then will be learn, hopefully, what their motivation was. Until then, both sides of the political aisle need to shut the fuck up and quit pointing the finger. Most of all, the media needs to remember what its role should be–to report the news, not to make it.
As for little Georgie Stephanopolous, shut the fuck up. We know you still lick the boot heels of the Clintons and have a hard-on for Obama. That doesn’t give you the right to lay the blame for everything that happens at the feet of Donald Trump. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and hold your Democrats to the same standard you hold everyone else to.