Liberal outrage has become far too predictable.
On Tuesday night, Laura Ingraham ridiculed “swamp-dwellers” who are criticizing President Trump for congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection win, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow added herself to the list by melting down exactly as Ingraham anticipated.
“This is how easy it is for President Trump to make the swamp-dwellers lose their collective minds,” Ingraham began.
The Fox News host continued:
“All he did was mention in passing that he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection, and they all went thermonuclear. Never mind that his main point was pressing Putin on Syria, North Korea, Ukraine, and the nuclear arms race–the mainstream media and their allies went into a full-fledged tizzy.”
Ingraham then played a series of clips showing coverage of the story, with many pundits censuring the president.
She also quoted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who said President Trump “does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections.”
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election. https://t.co/lcQTBi7CA1
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 20, 2018
The “Ingraham Angle” host then gave the president’s detractors a brief history lesson.
“Wait a minute, you mean like when President Obama congratulated the Islamic Brotherhood candidate on winning Egypt’s presidential election in 2012? Or in 2013, when Obama broke three decades of precedent to congratulate the winner of the Iranian presidential election?
“Or in 2014, when Obama congratulated Turkey’s President Erdogen, the same man who said there is no such thing as moderate Islam?
“Or someone else that Obama congratulated on winning the presidency–Vladimir Putin in 2012. Yes, the same Putin. I don’t recall so many of these voices of concern, or any of the swamp dollars, fulminating about those congratulatory wishes. The double standard is just so obvious, it’s pathetic.”
Ingraham argued that the media has “condemned [President Trump’s] every move, his every utterance.”
After touting the president’s many victories in both foreign and domestic policy, she concluded:
“My message to the peanut gallery: Let the president deal with Putin. He just might surprise you. Not that you’re going to give him any credit when he does.”
Right on cue, Rachel Maddow took a swing at President Trump on her Tuesday night show.
The MSNBC host described President Trump’s congratulations to Putin as sounding “like it was made up for a satirical movie.”
Maddow’s focus was on a Washington Post story that claimed the president went against his advisers during the call by ignoring a section of his briefing materials that read, in all capital letters, “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.”
Maddow did not question the strangeness of the notion that presidential aides would put so much emphasis on a simple congratulations, especially when extending the courtesy is common practice.
Barack Obama himself put the example by congratulating Putin, as Ingraham noted.
Later, Maddow blasted President Trump for reportedly not condemning Putin for the recent nerve agent assault on a former Russian spy in the UK.
In line with Ingraham’s prediction, Maddow ignored that the president discussed other pressing foreign policy matters with the Russian head of state.
It’s hard to take Maddow and the other “swamp-dwellers” in the media seriously when you can program them like clockwork.