You’d figure that after nearly three years in office—and over three decades in public life before that—the news media would have at least a rudimentary understanding of how Donald Trump thinks. But then I see stories like this one and realize nope, they still don’t have the first freakin’ clue:
All this, of course, is in response to the latest media manufactured outrage over Trump leveling criticism at Democrat Representative Elijah Cummings. In a series of tweets, the President chided Cummings for complaining about conditions at the border when his own home district is in such poor shape. Mincing no words, Trump put it this way:
Which is actually a valid question—especially since Baltimore received over $15 billion in federal aid just last year, and yet swaths of the city remain piled high with garbage because municipal services can’t be bothered to haul all the garbage away. These deplorable conditions have, in fact, led to big problems with rodent infestation—as PBS documented with a film only last year, and as a recent live shot on a local station made very clear.
Since Baltimore has a population that is majority African-American, though—and since Representative Cummings Was a civil rights figure in years past—the national news media saw the opportunity to fire another “magic bullet” in the hopes of taking Trump down, and screamed that the President’s remarks were racist.
But did the tweets call out anybody’s skin color? Nope. Did they say anything that wasn’t true? Well, the evidence cited above—not to mention the complaints from the people who actually live in Baltimore—suggest otherwise. Plus there’s the matter of the city’s notorious corruption, recently embodied by Mayor Catherine Pugh, who resigned in disgrace just last May for scamming hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars while she “served” as a state senator. Put it all together, and you have a perfect illustration of a city in decline, due largely to mismanagement and graft.
And yet to point this out is racist?
Well, sure—but apparently just when Donald Trump does it.
That this is yet another ham-handed attempt at character assassination is more than obvious—and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Trump, either overtly or instinctively, knew the media would run with it. That was his motive in making those tweets, not the latent dog-whistle racism that liberals hear around every corner. He wanted the media to react like they always do: without thinking, going off half-cocked and inadvertently getting people to focus on the actual issue—in this case, the problems in Baltimore, which are obvious to anyone with a working pair of eyes. And, in doing so, Trump has brought attention to some serious questions: Why are things so bad there? Why hasn’t Cummings done more to help his district, instead of grandstanding for the cameras back in DC? And just where did all that federal aid money go?
Meanwhile, the media look ridiculous for trying to paint a rosy picture of Baltimore—a picture that its own residents know is fake news.
Makes me wonder how much longer the media will continue to play Wile E. Coyote to Trump’s Road Runner. From the looks of things, it’ll probably be a long time.