Prior to November 9, 2016, the media used to attempt to tell both sides of a story, provide context, and let readers judge for themselves.
President Trump asked for this standard journalistic practice on Monday.
“These are people in my opinion that hate our country,” the president said of the House Democratic “squad.” “Get a list of all of the statements they've made. All I'm saying is that if they're not happy here, they can leave.”
Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media chose not to do its job. Instead of showing two sides to the story, they devoted 24 hours of coverage accusing the President of racism, while ignoring the very lengthy list of despicable, anti-American, anti-Semitic comments from the “squad.”
“I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are, but where we are is not a good thing,”says “squad” leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist. “This idea that 10 percent better from garbage shouldn’t be what we settle for.”
Got that? Where we are (America) is “garbage.” It does not sound like she is too fond of the greatest nation on earth.
But there is much, much more. It did not take long to put together over a dozen examples of this band of extreme “radicals” denouncing America and spreading division and hate.
Ocasio-Cortez attacked our president as a “fascist,” smearing America as running “concentration camps” along the Southern border. In case she wasn’t clear, AOC said “never again,” invoking the Holocaust in her disgusting comparison.
The “squad” has issues when talking about that subject. Rashida Tlaib says the Holocaust -- where 6 million Jews were murdered -- gives her a “calming feeling,” before rewriting history and claiming her Palestinian ancestors lost “their human dignity” in order to provide a “safe haven” to the Jewish people. In the midst of her Holocaust distortion, Tlaib neglected to mention the fact that Arab leaders massacred Jews and met with Hitler, who promised the “destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere.”
If you dare disagree with Tlaib, you are a “racist idiot.”
Of course Tlaib “absolutely” agrees with AOC that America is running “concentration camps” on the border. Meanwhile, the “squad” stands in "solidarity" against beds for children and votes against $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid.
Ayanna Pressley says “we will bring the fire” against our immigration enforcement facilities. When an Antifa member tries just that, the squad refuses to condemn the attempted terrorist attack. The squad also will not condemn dictator Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, where socialism has destroyed what was once one of the richest nations in the world.
And that brings us to Ilhan Omar.
Instead of being proud to be an American, a country that gave her refuge and opportunity to become the first Somali-American Muslim serving in the House of Representatives, Omar constantly tears this country down.
Omar nearly fell over in laughter when discussing al Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for September 11th and the murders of thousands of innocent Americans in cold blood. Why don’t people speak of America in the same tones as al Qaeda or Hezbollah, the Iranian-sponsored terrorist group, she wondered.
“You don’t say America with an intensity,” Omar said. “You don’t say the Army with an intensity, but you say these names because you want that word to carry weight.”
But why should 9/11 “carry weight”? To Omar, the biggest terrorist attack on American soil was merely “some people did something.” To AOC, who defended Omar’s comments, it’s too “triggering” to show images when we Never Forget.
Omar always blames America first. After an al-Shabab killed 71 people at a shopping mall in Kenya in 2013, Omar said America should take responsibility. “Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs,” Omar said.
When she’s not asking for “compassion” for ISIS recruits, describing the terrorist group as taking a “radical approach to change-making,” Omar is hitting send on anti-Semitic tweets.
Omar was forced to issue a half-apology that still condemned AIPAC, the pro-Israel organization, which she accused of buying politicians’ support. Weeks later she was at it again, accusing Jewish lawmakers of harboring an “allegiance to a foreign country.” Even then, the Democratic leadership led by Nancy Pelosi, would not rebuke Omar and condemn anti-Semitism in its ranks.
These are not dog whistles. They are bull horns. Did the media jump on these outrageous anti-Semitic remarks? CNN called them “new Israel tweets.” Do tell. The Washington Post couched Omar’s comments as “alleged anti-Semitic comments.” The New York Times said Omar’s statements were “condemned as anti-Semitic.”
The president does not get such benefit of the doubt.
President Trump’s criticism of the “squad” has nothing to do with gender, race, religion, or creed. It has everything to do with a dangerous ideology that is antithetical to America’s founding.
The “squad” wants to bring socialism to America. We will never let that happen.
Liz Harrington is the national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.