Maxine Waters and Bobby Rush, two members of Congress, have gone on national television to claim President Trump’s actions in Oregon are a trial run for him attempting to hold on to power if he loses in November. They are arguing he is using a military coup against our constitutional system.
John Heileman on MSNBC said the same thing. Heileman actually argued that what the Portland actions amount to is an “attempt through intimidation and potentially through force to try to steal this election.”
Whoopi Goldberg on The View argued, “This feels different. This feels like a planned attack against the American people. It is very specific and it is very targeted.”
Eric Holder, on MSNBC, got in on the act claiming, “If he loses, and I expect that he will, then we have to be prepared for what he is going to do in the immediate aftermath of such a loss, and what he will do for the time period between the election and the inauguration of the next president. We have to be prepared for things that this nation has never faced before. And unfortunately, that could involve the use of, you know, these forces. Who knows what he will do and the people who are in, as part of his administration, will support him in doing.”
Bobby Rush said on television, “I just know that that’s what Trump’s game plan is. Trump wants to instigate a race war. He wants to have black folk fighting white folk so that he can rise up and say, ‘I’m the real Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and I’m the President. Reelect me!’”
Maxine Waters’ quote was, “As a matter of fact, it has been suggested that this is a trial run of the president of the United States who may be organizing to not accept what happens when we have the election if he’s not elected. Is he going to pull out? His military? Is he going to encage us? He has already alluded to there may be a civil war if he’s re-elected. This is dangerous. About who are these people, where did they come from and why is it being done in secret?”
There’s a clear talking point in the water and, with the exception of Goldberg, they’re all uttering it on MSNBC. It is a testament to both how obsessed the rest of the media is with Fox News and how little influence MSNBC has that all these people, from politicians to news analysts, could say such bat poop crazy stuff and everyone else ignores it.
But Brian Stelter at CNN, who’d be losing his mind if this happened on Fox, hasn’t said anything. The op-ed page at the New York Times is silent. In large part, it is probably because they agree, which says more about them than the President.
These people are broken and a media that will only highlight the hyperbolic, irresponsible rhetoric if it happens on Fox is also broken. It also completely misses what is happening.
This is not a trial run for a coup or a way to intimidate voters in November. This is about showing just what is happening in American citizens because the left cannot help themselves but respond violently.
Polling suggests the American people side with the President overwhelmingly on law and order issues, but that they also do not view law and order issues as a big deal. By sending federal agents to help in cities dealing with violence, the media is going to go cover it and the rioters and Antifa types are going to respond to the limelight by being more violent.
The President then will be able to bring the American public’s caricature of the angry left to live on the television screen for everyone to see. He is, yet again, playing the media perfectly on this. By sending federal forces to Chicago, St. Louis, and elsewhere, the media will follow as will Antifa. Antifa will get violent for the TV cameras. The American public will see it and, just perhaps, their concern about law and order will start to move up in their list of concerns and potentially overshadow their concerns about the virus.
Couple that effort with the President’s renewed focus on daily briefings that are just the facts and what they’re doing and you see a President who is both engaged in handling the virus and engaged in fighting out of control crime.
Yes, sending the federal authorities is heavily political. Yes, having the daily briefings is heavily political. But they’re both things the President can do and they are both things the media won’t be able to resist covering. Both potentially show a President in control, the left out of control, and could help him in November.
It has nothing to do with a coup or using paramilitary forces to stop people from voting or anything like that. It is genuinely irresponsible rhetoric and, guess what? It potentially emboldens even more vicious far left attacks, which plays into Trump’s hands.
You do have to give it to the man. His singular superpower is getting other people to behave exactly as they claim he behaves. He is using that power now.