In the media, the only way to discredit him for being proven right is to blame Donald Trump for saying so.
Just as they blame Donald Trump for violence against those who attend his rallies, so they blame him when positions he holds are obviously vindicated by current events. While Howard Kurtz attempts to be even handed (and I believe he is being sincere), I still think he ends up being too negative on Trump.
I’m sorry but the accusation that “Donald Trump sought to capitalize on the Orlando tragedy,” means that Trump was doing his job and the mainstream media wants him to do so less effectively.
Donald Trump argued, in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, that we should pause Islamic immigration until we can vet them better. Now the largest terrorist attack since 9/11 has been launched in the U.S. and it perfectly demonstrates Trump’s point. It is exactly what he warned about.
So now he’s guilty of “capitalizing” on the mass murder spree?
According to Newser,
So what exactly is Trump implying?
The Washington Post: “Trump seemed to repeatedly accuse President Obama on Monday of identifying with radicalized Muslims who have carried out terrorist attacks in the United States and being complicit in the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend …”
The Hill says Trump is arguing that “Obama was intentionally pursuing ignorance on the topic of Islamism.”
Politico: Trump is “pointedly questioning Obama’s lack of willingness to call the act ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ and insinuating that the president’s sympathies might lie elsewhere.”
The Atlantic: “In an almost entirely unprecedented moment, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, suggested in interviews Monday morning that President Obama may have somehow been involved in Sunday’s massacre …”
The Atlantic and Washington Post are delusional, and Politico is borderline, but the Hill statement is accurate. Trump sees Barack Obama as willfully ignorant (or at least ignoring) the basic facts.
While the media pretends Trump should be blamed, Hillary Clinton is too worried about winning an election to go along with the pretense. Newser again:
Hillary Clinton has avoided using the phrase “radical Islam” when describing terror attacks, but that reluctance appears to be over. “To me, radical jihadism, radical Islamism, I think they mean the same thing,” she said on the Today show at NBC. “I’m happy to say either, but that’s not the point.” And on MSNBC, she said, per Talking Points Memo: “I have clearly said many, many times we face terrorist enemies who use Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. We have to defeat radical jihadist terrorism or radical Islamism, whatever you call it. It’s the same.” Donald Trump, who has been hammering her and President Obama for not using the phrase, immediately claimed credit. “I have been hitting Obama and Crooked Hillary hard on not using the term Radical Islamic Terror,” he tweeted. “Hillary just broke-said she would now use!”
Indeed, earlier today Clinton had said that using the term amounted to demagoguery. Now she seems to realize it is a losing issue with voters. I wonder if Barack Obama is offended.