Various Fox News personality agreed Friday evening that the media’s attempts to blame suspected package bomber Cesar Sayoc Jr’s actions on President Donald Trump is unfair and disingenuous, particularly in light of the left’s own behavior and rhetoric.
“All of these people … were silent when all of these Republican cabinet members and Republican officials were run out of restaurants by mobs. CNN even said you can’t say it’s a mob,” host Sean Hannity noted, referencing the left’s normalization of harassment and violence against conservatives.
He also alluded to debunked claims by several CNN pundits that violent leftist mobs don’t exist.
Contributor Joe Concha of The Hill agreed, saying, “You can’t have it both ways and say President Trump’s rhetoric is triggering people to incite violence and then ignore Maxine Waters or Cory Booker or Eric Holder or anybody who’s said, ‘Get up in people’s faces, run them out of restaurants, tell them they’re not welcome and kick them.’ You cannot have it both ways.'”
Listen to this portion of their discussion below:
Over the past few months all the political figures Concha named have been filmed urging their constituents to violence either explicitly or indirectly via the use of highly charged political rhetoric. In the case of California Rep. Maxine Waters, her call to violence was clear-cut.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she said to a crowd of constituents at a rally over the summer.
She later repeated this same call to harassment and potentially even violence while speaking on MSNBC, a cable news network watched by multitudes of liberal Democrats:
Between the time that Waters issued these remarks and Sayoc allegedly mailing explosive packages to several Democrat political figures, dozens of Republicans have been harassed or even outright attacked.
Does the California congresswoman deserve the blame for these incidents? Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce would likely argue no.
“This guy arrested for the mail boxes is a career criminal,” she said in an earlier part of the discussion Friday, describing Sayoc’s disturbing past. “They will always find an excuse, as was the man who did the GOP shooting at the baseball diamond.”
“He had a history of domestic violence assaulting his foster daughter. These are people who will find an excuse to exact their violence. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with violent individuals,” she added, explaining that rhetoric shouldn’t be blamed for the actions of the insane.
Last year a deranged left-winger opened fire at a congressional baseball practice event in Virginia, nearly killing Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise in the process. It was later learned that the perpetrator was an avid fan of Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders and despised Trump and the GOP.
Bruce’s point Friday was that Democrats deserved as much blame for the baseball shooting as the president deserves for Sayoc’s actions, i.e., none.
Continuing the discussion, Concha noted that the liberal media had pulled the same stunt after the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011 by pinning the blame for it on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Sarah Palin is blamed because she put out flyers that were targeting that district politically,” he said. “The accusations always get a huge stage and megaphone. The exoneration barely gets a beep. And later we found out [the shooter] had no political association and was not incited by Palin.”
The exoneration was in fact outright ignored. Just last year The New York Times ran a false report that accused Palin of having incited the shooter’s 2011 rampage.
The media’s continued rush to always blame Republican rhetoric for the actions of people like Sayoc — all while ignoring the rhetoric of the left — has not been well received on social media.
What the media and Hollywood do is they skew,twist & spin everything about President Trump & blame him 24-7 The MEDIA is SHAMEFUL
HOLLYWOOD is shameful All in a big bubble & have no clue ~blame our .@POTUS and then they do this?! Remember this?
— ♦️🐺MareNationalistForAmerica🐺♦️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@WolfensPride) October 27, 2018
The list is a mile long who have incited violence and get in your face tactics. They are all from the left. The mainstream media. The Hollywood elites and the Democratic Party. I am frankly sick of all the hypocrites from the left trying to blame President Trump.
— Laurie Firestone (@musiclsunshine) October 25, 2018
I’m sick and tired of CNN but I have to watch it to see how low can they get. I always wondered how they could put together a dishonest hypocrite bunch of reporters. They blame Trumps rhetoric for the crazy bomb letter sender. How about the multi media daily insulting rhetoric
— Lotfi Lotfalla (@Lotfi1) October 27, 2018
You IGNORE Maxine Waters’ call for violence against Trump supporters. Why, the hypocrisy, Maddow?
— Rev. Jack Howell (@jackhowell55) October 27, 2018
You blame @realDonaldTrump for this fanatic’s actions?! When has he ever told people to commit acts of violence against the left? Unlike your calls for violence against repubs, he never has. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. https://t.co/q4Vhhfcj2j
— Brendan (@BrendanRMackay) October 27, 2018
And the media’s words? Do they not matter? What about the words of Maxine Waters and Eric Holder? What about the words of Hillary Clinton who just two weeks ago said there could be no civility? Trump has called out the media bias, but has in no way called for violence. #Hypocrisy
— Jason W. (@cobalt5050) October 24, 2018
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