Having severely hit President Trump's attacks on the Democratic newcomers and the media hype was deafening and all House Democrats (and four Republicans) voted for a resolution condemning his tweets, I will begin by appending the followers of the President the word.
Kevin McCarthy, chairman of the House minority, said yesterday that he does not consider the Trump attacks racist. "I think this is about ideology. … This is all about politics, "he said.
Newt Gingrich said Trump believes that "the more he can get the country to deal with the so-called troop, the more he can make them realize how radical they are and how fundamentally anti-American their views are ; In the long run he is better off.
Andy Harris, Maryland's GOP congressman, said the tweets are "obviously not racist," but "if someone disapproves of someone now, they're called a racist by default, and that's no exception.
He said Trump "could have meant returning to the district they came from, or the neighborhood from which they came," even though the President has spoken explicitly about Ilhan Omar and Somalia.
Fox News "Jesse Watters said while his mother regards the tweets as racist:" Mom will not scare me, these were not racist, it was patriotism, when did "Love it or leave it" be racist, do not just leave it alone "Hey, come back and help us solve our problems."
And the President himself tweeted yesterday, "I have no racist bones in my body!" And added, "The Democratic convention women have been you spit some the most abominable, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House of Representatives or in the Senate, yet they get a free pass and a big hug from the Democratic Why is not Parliament deciding to blame the dirty and hateful things they have said? "
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From this point of view, it's not about Trump saying that women should "go back to where they are." It's about the left-wing extremism of AOC, Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
I believe that was Trump's strategy to create enough of a firestorm to be the face of The Democratic Party and its own initial attacks do not matter.
That's what Lindsey Graham did, blandly stating that his golf buddy was "aiming higher," while destroying the newcomers: "We all know that AOC and that crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel, they hate our own land.
(His former colleague Joe Scarborough accused him of "McCarthyism.")
Meanwhile, a relative handful of Republicans opposed the president's attacks on the four women:
Mitt Romney: "Destructive, demeaning and disparaging. "Lisa Murkowski:" There is no excuse for the President's malicious remarks – they were totally unacceptable and that must stop. "Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, blamed Trump for" unacceptable personal attacks and racially charged language " ,
Again, there are big challenges for the media. I told America's Newsroom yesterday that the news agencies should be careful about branding Trump's attacks as racist, as if it were an undisputed fact. CNN, CBS, ABC and after an internal debate the Washington Post are among those who have done so in pure news and segments.
I think readers and viewers are smart, especially when the president uses the language so well, reflecting the historic taunts of returning to Africa.
Cover the story aggressively, present things, and they can visualize themselves. Do not act like the opposition party.
A bigger question is whether the media will play into the president's hands. In a New York Times editorial, Trump has been accused of being distracted:
"His comments triggered the very kind of media coverage and public outcry he thrives on. So he did what he normally does: he went one step further …
"Mr. Trump's goal of triggering an endless cultural war is embarrassing his political critics. They can defend themselves and participate in the distraction he has developed to motivate his followers, or they can ignore his outbursts and risk normalizing his terrible behavior. "
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The fact is, a president can always grab the media's attention, and so did the pre-Twitter era. And if one president makes a fake accusation of this magnitude and the other party explodes outrageously, that's a very big story that can not be minimized or ignored.
Otherwise, you must try to manage the news for the stage for political reasons. And besides, it never works.