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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, September 14, 2020

Phillip Bump: The president's constant insistence that all is or soon will be well is the political equivalent of Leslie Nielsen standing in front of an exploding fireworks store insisting that there's nothing interesting to be seen. Likely recognizing the political danger of having taken this deceptive approach, Trump and his allies have fallen back on whataboutism as a defense.

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Last week's revelation that Trump informed Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward in early February about the dangers posed by the virus seemed to answer that question in favor of the latter option. Trump acknowledged that he actively chose to mislead the public about the risk, repeatedly saying that he hoped to avoid panicking the public. (A concern, mind you, that he applies selectively.) To Woodward, he said he had in fact downplayed the risk.

Likely recognizing the political danger of having taken this deceptive approach, Trump and his allies have fallen back on whataboutism as a defense. On Sunday, Trump highlighted a segment from Fox News's Greg Gutfeld, in which Gutfeld presented various Democratic leaders and media personalities similarly downplaying the threat.

"I was right, these people were all wrong, and now they criticize me," Trump wrote. "Such hypocrisy!"

This is unmitigated gaslighting. The people in the video were no more wrong than Trump in the excerpted quotes " and were subsequently far more proactive in realistically addressing the threat.

Nothing is ever Trump's responsibility. On top of everything else, I'm wildly curious why this doesn't give his supporters pause. All Trump does is brag and boast but when the rubber meets the road, he is nowhere in sight.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-14 11:09 AM | Reply

I'm wildly curious why this doesn't give his supporters pause

#1 | Posted by tonyroma

Tin gods always demand solid gold loyalty.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-09-14 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Re # 2

Sounds like something Rod Serling would have said at the end of an Twilight Zone episode.

Well done. Because I do feel like we are in the Twilight Zone and Trumpy is about to send another hundred thousand Americans to the corn fields.

Again.

But if I am quiet and don't say what I am thinking maybe it won't be me.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-09-14 05:57 PM | Reply

Leslie Nielsen a great Canadian.Don't you have any American cultural Icons you could draw upon?

#4 | Posted by Scotty at 2020-09-15 12:39 AM | Reply

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