Chilling …

fake newsDonald Trump has stirred a hornet’s nest with his cries of “fake news” and the angry hornets are starting to leave the nest in search of victims.  In the current polarized political climate, with tempers running high, it is nothing short of criminal negligence for Trump to tweet and yell “fake news” on a daily, if not hourly basis, further adding to the divisiveness and angst.  Worse, endangering the lives of the very people who we rely on to keep us informed.

Yesterday, a young man named  Brandon Griesemer from Novi, Michigan, was arrested after threatening to murder numerous CNN reporters.

One day last week, the man called CNN no less than 22 times, issuing threats:

“Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down.”

“I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours.”

“I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f—ing gun every single last one of you.”

Fortunately, the FBI were able to trace the call and arrested the man over the threats.  But this may be only the beginning, as Trump’s supporters seem willing and eager to believe his every word, and may be convinced that the legitimate press is, indeed, ‘the enemy’.

In addition to calling out CNN, The Washington Post, and the New York Times repeatedly for the past two years, remember when Trump tweeted a gif of himself tackling a man with the CNN logo?

To be sure, Mr. Griesemer obviously had some mental/emotional issues, but … that does not excuse Trump.  If the man had not heard the person at the helm saying ‘shoot the whales’, he would not likely have had the idea to shoot the whales. Washington Post writer Kathleen Parker says she has frequently received death threats after writing an article critical of Trump, and that she is not alone in this.

Why is it against the law to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, or “Bomb!” aboard an airplane?  Because people will take it as a call to action and somebody will get hurt, or worse.  When Trump yells to a crowd that they should “get him out of here”, referring to a protester, it is seen as a call to action and the protestor is as likely as not to be injured.  When Trump yells “fake news!”, there are those who see this as a call to action, a directive from the president himself, to eradicate those who would be so cheeky as to denigrate the man they adore.

FILE PHOTO: MSNBC's Scarborough and Brzezinski arrive for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in WashingtonTrump has had a running feud with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of NBC’s popular Morning Joe talk show, as evidenced by this tweet:

“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” – 8:20 AM – 1 Jul 2017

Come on, people, really?  Is this the language of an adult?  Any adult, let along the leader of a nation of 330 million people?  It is ridiculous, yes, but as we see from the CNN case, it is also gravely dangerous.

Trump’s position gives him immunity from many things that you and I would be sitting in a jail cell for right now.  But there must be standards of accountability, even for those at the highest levels.

Did you ever hear President Obama, Bush, Clinton, Carter or Reagan refer to the press as “fake media”?  No, you did not, for while each of those leaders sometimes had issues with the press, was often frustrated with the reporting, the ‘bad’ press, they understood the value and necessity of our free press.  And they were all professionals, while Trump is naught but an amateur dressed up to look like a leader.

62,984,825 adults voted for Donald Trump on 08 November 2016.  Surely they thought they were voting for an adult, but more and more they must be starting to realize that they, in fact, put an obnoxious teenager in the White House.  If a single journalist is maimed or murdered because somebody took Trump’s cries of “fake news” seriously, then Donald Trump is complicit and should be held accountable.  Must be held accountable, else we are edging ever closer to the Turkish and Russian models. Those of you who are still supporting Trump must make your voices heard and let him know in no uncertain terms that you, his base, will not tolerate the demeaning of our Constitutional rights, of our right to a free press. He listens to you … he does not listen to me.

I do not want to see even one journalist or writer murdered because of Trump’s foul mouth, for if so much as a single journalist is murdered, then our free press will also have been murdered.  Think about it.

40 thoughts on “Chilling …

  1. Pingback: Chilling … – The Militant Negro™

    • Well, I would stop far short of using the word ‘crazy’, first because it is such a broad, all-encompassing term, and second because too often we put people with genuine mental health problems into that term. But as to Trump … I certainly do question his sanity, but not his cognitive skills. I think he has a goal that is completely self-serving and he knows the path to his goal. He has no intention of letting anyone or anything stand in the way of his goal. Where the sanity issues come in is that I think he honestly thinks, believes, that he deserves that goal, that it is his right. I think he has zero consideration for anybody else, including his own children and wife. Is he insane? Who knows? Not I, for I am no psychologist. Hugs, Hack!!! ❤

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  2. 62,984,825 adults voted for trump. I would love to believe that they were hoodwinked by the “greatest show on earth”, But, today I lean toward the thought that most of them knew what they were voting for and thus we have an ugly America epitomized by the Presidency. Many good people give too much credence to the idea that America is benevolent. Past history and today’s rhetoric beg to differ.

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    • Yes, I actually agree with you, but I’m trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, trying to give them yet another opportunity to claim that they didn’t know what they were voting for, and thus turn themselves around and get back on the right track. I know … probably spitting in the wind, but still, I try. :/

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        • Often my cynicism steps to center stage also, my friend. In this toxic environment, I think one would have to be completely without emotion not to be cynical and angry sometimes. We just have to make sure we’re not letting it eat at us, for that would be rather shooting ourselves in the foot, yes?

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  3. Dear Jill,

    Can you believe that once upon a time,the president volunteered to pay/ host a wedding event for Joe and Mika Scarborough? He used to watch Morning Joe all the time. Now he has a burr in his pants because they have been critical about his performance.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  4. What is frightening and discouraging is the number of people who voted for him to be true to their party and are just sitting with hands folded as if it will all go away in the next election. I worry what shape the world will have denegrated to in the next few years. 😔

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    • I share your concerns, and when you mention those sitting by idly with hands folded in their laps, I cannot help but think of Germany in the 1930s. Apparently we do not learn from history, from the mistakes of the past, but must keep repeating those mistakes, generation after generation. I cannot understand how some 36% still think he is doing a great job. Even in Canada, I am told by a Canadian reader, the polls show that 20% think he is making the US a better place to live. Excuse me????????

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    • Yes, just when I think we cannot possibly sink any lower, we do. Is there a bottom? Is there an end to this madness? I used to believe there was, there had to be. Lately, I’m not so sure.

      How are you doing, my friend? Hubby and the boys? I haven’t forgotten my promise to email … it’s just been hard lately with my failing vision, but hopefully I will be having surgery to partially restore my sight in the next week or two, and then maybe, when I don’t have to work with a magnifying glass in hand at all times, I will be able to get back to doing the things I want to do.

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      • Everyone is well, thank you! – But your eye-trouble does not sound good at all!!! Be careful and kind to yourself! And I am crossing all accessible fingers and toes that the surgery goes well and is successful! 🙂 Take care!

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