Chalk one up for newly-minted President Trump. He’s won one of his first victories in what is sure to be four long years of tension between the President and our national media. On Wednesday night President Trump’s first major interview as President aired on ABC, and it featured him walking the White House grounds with reporter David Muir.
(Now, let’s get one thing straight before we start – Muir is no hack. Sure, he’s a liberal but he’s never been one of those media liberals that seem to constantly be searching for new ways to villainize conservatives.)
Muir was asking the President about the recent protests, demonstrations, and marches that have been popping up around the country and particularly about the march in Washington from this past weekend. The President admitted that the demonstrations have been rather large and that the one in D.C. was particularly intense, but he wondered why it was that the media was so intent to cover these marches while having ignored similarly large (and some years larger) demonstrations from pro-life conservatives? At this, Muir was dumbstruck.
President Trump: The crowds were large, but you will have a large crowd on Friday, too, which is mostly pro-life people. You’re going to have a lot of people coming on Friday. And I will say this, and I didn’t realize this. But I was told. You will have a very large crowd of people. I don’t know as large or larger. Some people said it will be larger. Pro-life people and they say the press doesn’t cover them.
David Muir: I don’t want to compare crowd sizes again. I – I—I–
President Trump: No, you should—But let me just tell you. What you do say is that the press doesn’t cover them.
David Muir: We saw the marches around the country and you are their president now. Do you sense the responsibility to reach out now and to unite them? For those women, men and children who marched who are watching this, what would you say to them?
President Trump: I do, but I have to also say, we just had an election. A few weeks ago. And they voted in many cases, and some cases they didn’t vote I imagine. And we did have an election. With that being said, absolutely have responsibility to everybody, including people that didn’t vote for Donald Trump. Totally.
Wikipedia reports on the estimated numbers from the last few years, “According to organizers, the 2011’s event was attended by 400,000. The 2013 March for Life drew an estimated 650,000 people. However, both NPR and The New York Times reported an estimated “tens of thousands” at the 2013 event.”
However, these estimates are for the Washington, D.C. rally alone. At the same time as the march in D.C., hundreds of thousands of marchers are also meeting in cities and towns across the planet. The numbers of yearly marchers has ballooned into the millions, yet year after year the media sits silently by, choosing not to report on the important demonstrations.
Seems odd and more than a bit hypocritical in light of their recent infatuation with protests and crowd sizes.