Hi everybody. It’s about time I did a post to justify my existence, so here I am. I was having a look at Twitter and found some nice tweets, and thought I could put them in a post. Then, of course, I had to think of something to write about.
A fellow NZ atheist took care of that. She posted the photo below in a NZ atheist Facebook group I’m a member of. It’s horrific. Some may think I’m exaggerating, but to me this is little different to openly walking the street in Klan robes.
Although just put up today, this pic is actually a couple of months old. The Trump rally in question was in Duluth, Minnesota, on 21 June 2018. The rally was so popular they had to change the venue to accommodate the crowd. Clearly, the anti-media message from President Trump is not one his fans object to.
From the start of his presidential campaign until today, Trump has been a flip-flopper. Personally, I think the ability to change your mind in the face of better evidence is a sign of strength. However, that’s not why Trump does it. Basically, he parrots the opinion of the last person he spoke to. Unfortunately, many of the people around him the most have some pretty ghastly opinions. There are few areas in which he himself appears to have the knowledge or, at least judgement, to make a good decision.
However, there are a couple of areas in which he’s consistent, and all are ones that appeal to the worst instincts of his core supporters. They’re also all areas that are the least likely to do what a leader should – unite their country. As with the anti-media message, it’s through hate that Trump binds his cult to him. One message is anti-immigrants of colour. There are thousands of murders in the US every year, most committed by legal citizens. But, the only ones Trump seems to notice are those committed by someone in the country illegally. In the latest case though, the family of the victim is fighting back against him. It’s good to know there are some who even in their worst days are fighting Trump’s divisive message.
— RecoveringRepublican (@KatieMGio) August 25, 2018
Another consistent message from this US president is racism.
Trump frequently gives dog whistles to white supremacists. While his supporters constantly claim there is no evidence that Trump is racist, I personally find that laughable. There is the fact of African-Americans being denied tenancy in his residential buildings. Then there’s his treatment of the so-called Central Park Five and his questions surrounding former President Obama’s birthplace. More recently, we have his reaction to the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville last year (who killed Heather Heyer by driving a car into the crowd) and those protesting against them:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides, on many sides.
The truth is Trump appears so racist as to support the Theory of Eugenics. Watch this, right to the end, and take note of his last words. Then remember his words (above) relating to those chanting “Jews will not replace us,” and “Blood and soil,” (a Nazi Germany chant) in Charlottesville.
Trump’s Anti-Media Bias
But back to the anti-media message this post is about! Before he was president Trump was consistently banning various journalists and media from his press conferences. The media outlets he is trying to turn people against are actually some of the most reliable in their messaging: the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN, amongst others.
He has a soft spot for Fox News, which is more supportive of him than most outlets. On Fox News you will hear a ridiculous talking point, which is parroted by Trump supporters on other networks. That is that most stories in/on other media outlets portray President Trump in a negative light. However, they don’t say what those stories are. The truth is, most of the actions of this president cannot be put in a positive light. If he continues to be a bad president, most stories about him will be bad. It’s simply not possible to put a positive light on lying about paying off a steady stream of mistresses, for example.
Trump’s Own Fake News
As those of us not under Trump’s spell know, most of the Fake News comes from Trump himself. He consistently and constantly lies to his people, and it’s impossible to believe he doesn’t know he’s doing it considering just how egregious some of the lies are.
Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall. This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
The truth is it was a 52% DISapproval rating overall – his overall Approval rating was actually 38%! But look how many of his people have retweeted this unquestioningly. And, of course, they have a right to assume that it’s the truth and be excited by the news.
On the other hand, how many presidents tweet their approval ratings?
Surveys of the media show that Fox News consistently covers stories that show the president in a bad light less than other outlets. On the other hand, MSNBC (a left-leaning but honest network) covers those stories more. Centrist media, like CNN, cover them somewhere in between. For example, here’s the graphic in relation to the Mueller/Russia Investigation:
You can’t really blame Trump supporters for having an opinion that the Mueller Investigation is no big deal when the news source they watch doesn’t cover it and their president calls it a Witch Hunt.
Fake News vs the Mueller Investigation
Because of his consistent messaging against certain media, and because of the cult-like status he has amongst many of his followers, Trump has done a scarily successful job of convincing them that several top media outlets and journalists are both Fake News and the Enemy of the People. A 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation survey of 19,000 people showed that 39% of conservatives think that negative political stories against conservatives are ALWAYS fake news. Even more think that at least some are fake news. Only 14% of Liberals felt the same, though that’s still too high of course.
That means that if the Mueller Investigation reports indictable criminal activity by Trump, as is looking increasingly likely, and Trump announces that’s fake news, a third of the country will believe him.
The good news is that in the last few days there has been an upsurge in the approval rating of the Mueller himself. A new Fox News poll shows it’s up significantly to 59%, with 40% believing Trump committed “criminal or impeachable” offences. That’s consistent with CNN, Washington Post, and other polls, all of which are showing a gradual increase in approval for the Mueller Investigation.
It seems that as more and more people appear to be testifying against the president in a situation where they are likely to be telling the truth, even some of the Trump cult are facing reality.
Of course, some of Trump’s supporters are so deep in the cult they’re beyond help.
No words. pic.twitter.com/7Y49FubTPF
— 🦋 Cathleen Burke 🦋 (@ItsMeCathi) August 26, 2018
John McCain Tweets
Before he died, Senator John McCain asked that former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama speak at his funeral. He didn’t fully agree with either of them politically, but he felt they exemplified the public service ethic he himself tried to exemplify. He didn’t want President Trump to attend.
Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: pic.twitter.com/3GBjNYxoj5
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018
Donald Trump’s Instagram post about the death of John McCain features… wait for it… a photo of Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/sRKFTWfrZS
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 26, 2018
I checked it out. The origin of this story is the Washington Post and therefore it’s likely true.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 27, 2018
Love this one!
(Via Ann German.)
Can wait. In the mean time…. pic.twitter.com/V9djnUGRtT
— Phillip Sheppard (@PSheppardTV) August 24, 2018
(Via Ann German.)
Current Turkish gallows humour: A prisoner goes to the prison library, asks for a specific book. The guard tells him, “we don’t have that book… but we do have the author.”
— Moshik Temkin (@moshik_temkin) August 24, 2018
The other big issue in US politics.
We must #StopKavanaugh.
My video explains why.
Please watch and share. I promise it is worth your time.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 26, 2018
Lindsay Graham hasn’t been too bad about speaking against Trump. Let’s see if he can put his money where his mouth is now, and where it was then …
(Via Ann German.)
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) August 22, 2018
You learn something new every day!
Here’s something I didn’t know…Robert Mueller is a hockey player pic.twitter.com/sXBysXoPQD
— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) August 25, 2018
Gun Safety Tweets
This is the latest mass shooting in the US that has everyone’s attention.
A mass shooting at a video game competition in Jacksonville, Florida, has left 2 dead and 11 injured pic.twitter.com/KDVzg5Frdq
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 27, 2018
Trump on the shooting at the Jacksonville Madden tournament.
(Via Ann German.)
Trump talking about the Jacksonville Madden Tournament and school safety.
— Slow Down (@SlowDownMeow) August 26, 2018
An amazing woman.
Happy 100th Birthday to Ms. Katherine Johnson, NASA human computer Who calculated trajectories for America’s first mission in space and the path that put Neil Armstrong on the moon. pic.twitter.com/3CUq1TC7Qn
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) August 26, 2018
One of the best tweets I think I’ve ever put in this section!
John Cleese taking a break on the set of Monty Python and The Holy Grail, 1974. pic.twitter.com/bFG5YeMfWf
— Mood:Vintage (@moodvintage) August 27, 2018
Ann German found this spontaneous thread. You’ll get it if you’re a Rocky Horror fan (which you should be if you’re a NZer!).
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) August 26, 2018
How do you do I
See you’ve met my
Faithful assistant district attorney
— BE BETH Figuls 🍔 (@bethfiguls) August 26, 2018
He’s just a little brought down
Because when you knocked
He thought you were the Marshall, man.
— Milo (@miloramone) August 26, 2018
Don’t get strung out
by the way I book
I’m just a Judge undercover
I’m not much of a man
by the light of day
But at night I’m a hell of a lawyer
— Junior (@mallen0405) August 26, 2018
— Tom Hall ☘ (@TomHall) August 27, 2018
It makes me feel a bit ill watching this, but it’s cool all the same.
— Mood:Odd (@moododd) August 27, 2018
Majestic South Dakota tornadic supercell caught on camera by Marko Korosec pic.twitter.com/h7utQp0Bvk
— Nature is Amazing 🌴 (@AMAZlNGNATURE) August 27, 2018
This is so cool!
Baby Octopus pic.twitter.com/bQzz8KjMpB
— Gaml .y (@m_yosry2012) August 26, 2018
Ending today with this. Good night. 💚pic.twitter.com/H2kUdKeeTy
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 27, 2018
When a hawk got stuck in a cactus, these guys knew it’d hurt to rescue him — and that didn’t stop them ❤️ pic.twitter.com/b2jXPWz0ei
— The Dodo (@dodo) August 26, 2018
Other Animals Tweets
When you’re sorting the sheep from the goats, it’s the goats that are the smart ones!
— Life on Earth 🌴 (@planetepics) August 27, 2018
Obviously raised as a pet lamb, this sheep thinks she belongs with the sheepdogs!
“Don’t judge people by their looks” pic.twitter.com/ubRM4WxJM0
— Fluff Society (@FluffSociety) August 27, 2018
The bravery of the Honey Badger on display.
The world’s most fearless creature is the Honey Badger and here’s why
— Nature is Amazing 🌴 (@AMAZlNGNATURE) August 26, 2018
Now THAT’S a photo bomb!
The best selfie you’ll see today pic.twitter.com/BDvCqk0ePj
— worldpicantur (@animalslovenatu) August 27, 2018
It almost makes me cry to see an animal this happy!
This shy dog has NO idea he’s about to leave the shelter — and his reaction is priceless 🐶💕 pic.twitter.com/DjihoCgcF3
— The Dodo (@dodo) August 27, 2018
Okay, there’s a dog there too, but we all know cats are more important so they get the title!
— Cutest Animals Ever 😍 (@CUTEST_ANlMALS) August 27, 2018
I RT’d this because he’s lost. But what a gorgeous animal! Look at that character!
— Rachael Gatesman (@RachaelGatesman) August 24, 2018
Another lovely missing moggy! What’s happening out there?
This is my cat – he went missing last Sunday in the Woking area. If you have seen him please let me know. pic.twitter.com/3bqRwxkcf4
— Paul Johnson (@PaulJohnson01) August 25, 2018
— worldpicantur (@animalslovenatu) August 27, 2018
And now I must succumb to the demands of “My” cat to play with her!
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