After the horrific shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, many mainstream media members were quick to place blame on President Donald Trump for the anti-Semitic shooter’s killing of 11 Jewish-Americans.
“You can draw a direct line from all of the vitriol and hate rhetoric about the caravan that’s some 2,000 miles away from our border and the gunman in Pittsburgh, who referenced that, and somehow turned it into an attack on Jews," said CNN host Alisyn Camerota.
"There’s no question that the president who has waged rhetorical war — and worse, when you talk about family separations on immigrants and suggesting that they’re vermin and infesting they’re country — you cannot ignore how that can be heard by people who hate immigrants, who are afraid of anyone who they think is going to change their way of life, and who hates Jews,” said another CNN analyst, David Gregory.
"I think, you know, this president, one of the things that he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization, and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did," said GQ columnist Julia Ioffe on CNN. "ISIS had, like 10,000 members. I think the president has far more supporters who espouse an equally hateful ideology."
One liberal senator, however, was not going to join in and blame President Trump for the shooting. That senator? Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
"I’m not going to sit here and blame the president," said the senator to a crowd in Northern California on Saturday. “If this country stands for anything, it's gotta stand for the right of people – whether they are Christian, Jewish Muslim whatever they may be – to practice their religion, to live their lives, without bigotry without fear and certainly within their houses of worship."
Sanders has good reason to avoid placing the blame of an act of violence on anyone since an enraged socialist and Bernie supporter opened fire at a group of GOP congressman, including Rep. Steve Scalise, at a softball game in September 2017.
President Trump himself has been fighting to defend himself from the finger-pointing that has placed the blame on him for recent acts of violence across the country.
“Fake News” is something that is often heard in Trump’s rhetoric and the mainstream media usually gets offended whenever he says it.
Lately, the narrative has been that President Trump has labeled the media as the “enemy of the people,” which has prompted attacks against the media, such as the Florida mail bomber Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested for sending explosives to a variety of prominent Democrats as well as CNN headquarters in New York City.
On Monday and Tuesday, President Trump took to his trusty Twitter account to send out a message and set things straight once and for all.
“The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country,” wrote President Trump. “Actually, it is their Fake and Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!”
“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” he continued.
“The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open and obvious hostility and report the news accurately and fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”
“CNN and others in the Fake News Business keep purposely and inaccurately reporting that I said the ‘Media is the Enemy of the People.’ Wrong! I said that the ‘Fake News (Media) is the Enemy of the People,’ a very big difference. When you give out false information – not good!”
“Check out tweets from last two days. I refer to Fake News Media when mentioning Enemy of the People – but dishonest reporters use only the word ‘Media,’ he concluded. “The people of our Great Country are angry and disillusioned at receiving so much Fake News. They get it, and fully understand!”