After President Donald Trump called out the mainstream media for treating him worse than any president in the history of the United States, a prominent conservative journalist concurred.
“There was nothing wrong with what the president said about how he’s being treated [by the] press … he’s right about that,” TheBlaze’s Mark Levin argued.
Abused more than Honest Abe?
While standing under the Lincoln Memorial in the nation’s capital earlier this week, Trump addressed the media abuse he’s incurred since he first set foot in the Oval Office.
“I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen,” Trump asserted during a Fox News town hall event, according to Fox News Radio.
Then he pointed up at Lincoln’s statue.
“The closest would be that gentleman right up there,” the president continued. “They always said Lincoln … nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am treated worse.”
Levin examined Trump’s contention, and it took little time for the mainstream media to live up to his charges of unparalleled abuse.
“So what did the press do?” the conservative journalist asked. “They proved exactly what he was saying.”
One columnist for Washington, D.C.’s largest left-leaning daily resorted to name-calling while trying to shoot down Trump’s claim of enduring an unprecedented amount of abuse by the media.
“The orangutan in the White House is less refined than a savage,” the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank ridiculed the president. “He is a fool, an irresolute, vacillating imbecile. He is an idiot, of low intellectual capacity. He is a barbarian, a yahoo, a gorilla – the original gorilla – and an unshapely man. He is horrid-looking, a scoundrel, a creature fit, evidently, for petty treasons.”
He then attacked the president’s character and integrity as an elected official.
“He is dishonest. He is unjust. He has no principle – no respect for law,” the D.C. journalist added. “In his administrative madness, on his unconstitutional crusade, he uses the power of government to crush. His presidency is despotism, a dictatorship, a monstrous usurpation, a criminal wrong and an act of national suicide.”
In addition, Milbank twisted Trump’s words – consistent with the president’s daily contention about the mainstream media as dishing out “fake news” about him on a daily basis.
“Only a man of Trump’s peculiar sense of victimhood could believe that he has been ‘treated worse’ than a predecessor killed by an assassin’s bullet,” he insisted.
But the president’s comparison was made about the media – not a private citizen from the general public having nothing to do with the media like Lee Harvey Oswald.
“Predictably, the mainstream media took President Trump’s comments out of context and made it sound as though he was saying he’s been treated worse – by the public in general – than a man who was assassinated for emancipating the slaves,” TheBlaze pointed out.
Trump was not the first to draw a comparison between himself and the first Republican president – one who tried to unite a divided country – as conservative personality and former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich compared the two last year.
“I called President Trump and told him no president since Abraham Lincoln had faced the kind of unending bias and hostility that he is living through,” Gingrich told Newsweek at the time.
Staying on the offensive
As Trump faces the largest crisis of his presidency with the coronavirus pandemic, former President George W. Bush recently called for national unity to fight the virus in a video – to recapture the spirit of 9/11 – but Trump considered his Republican predecessor a fair-weather friend, saying he was absent and did not defend him during the impeachment proceedings.
“… I appreciate the message by former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside?” Trimp tweeted last Sunday. “He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!”
In order to stay afloat amidst the incessant attacks by the mainstream media, Democrats, and even Republicans, Trump has had to keep his guard up in what many see as today’s dog-eat-dog world of politics.
“Trump … has governed, by staying on offense against a wide variety of detractors: the press, the Democrats, governors, the establishment – even some Republicans and former aides who have gone rogue,” Fox News reported. “That has provided him with a rock-solid core of support, while arguably also keeping him from approval ratings over 50%, but Trump is deeply invested in this hardline approach – and that’s why he doesn’t conduct his presidency ‘with malice toward none.’”