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One would have been hard-pressed to come away with the notion that New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman was pro-Trump during the former president’s time in office.
In fact, Trump was known to go after Haberman on Twitter over her reporting before CEO Jack Dorsey shut the then-sitting president down.
Yet, that is precisely what the Trump-haters club is accusing her of after she tweeted early Tuesday: “Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August.”
Haberman took care to note that she was “simply sharing the information,” but the very thought of Donald Trump being back in the White House sends the TDS cabal over the edge.
For what it’s worth, there is no conceivable path that would result in President Joe Biden being removed from office to make way for Trump.
Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August (no that isn’t how it works but simply sharing the information). https://t.co/kaXSXKnpF0
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 1, 2021
While some might suspect that Haberman ran with the far-reaching claim to focus on wingnut theories from Trump’s… shall we say overly enthusiastic supporters, an effort to smear the MAGA army, she expanded on the notion.
“It isn’t happening in a vacuum,” she said in a follow-up tweet. “It is happening as he faced the possibility of an indictment from the Manhattan DA.”
“But he is not putting out statements about the ‘audits’ in states just for the sake of it. He’s been laser focused on them, according to several people who’ve spoken with him (as well as WaPo reporting a few weeks ago),” she added.
But he is not putting out statements about the “audits” in states just for the sake of it. He’s been laser focused on them, according to several people who’ve spoken with him (as well as WaPo reporting a few weeks ago).
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 1, 2021
With visions of Trump in the Oval Office once again dancing in their heads, the radical left hyperventilated over Haberman’s tweet, attributing her to report: “Trump expects to be ‘reinstated’ as president by August.”
To hear them tell it, Haberman is onboard with Team Trump — she’s not:
1/ Journalists need to be very careful in how they discuss this breaking news. Individuals who have provided cover for Trump repeatedly in the past—like Maggie Haberman—are reporting evidence of a possible seditious conspiracy as mere loose talk from an addled man. Sorry, but no.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 1, 2021
Maggie Haberman just needs to move to Mar A Lago already and marry trump
She speaks for him more than Melania does
— BlackWomenAreKryptoniteToGOP (@battletested5) June 1, 2021
The orange stains mouth piece: Maggie! No one cares about the musings of a failed deranged wannabe dictator. https://t.co/5sm8opRmiX
— Pati (@PatiKRoll11) June 1, 2021
“Just sharing the information” isn’t an excuse for basically publishing the insurrectionists’ newsletter, Maggie.
— The Fig Economy (@figgityfigs) June 1, 2021
Somebody needs to tell Maggie Haberman that trump is no longer president & she can stop acting like his personal press secretary & stop reporting his every move or things he’s supposedly telling people.
MSM needs to stop giving oxygen to his BS. 🤦🏽♀️
— ForeverBlessed (@4evaBlessed23) June 1, 2021
But then, this is a familiar pattern. Accusing Haberman of being pro-Trump seems to be an effective measure to keep her from straying too far from the liberal plantation.
Times media columnist Ben Smith inadvertently shared the effectiveness of such a strategy while talking about the reaction to a Haberman tweet in a piece published on Nov. 8, 2020 — she quoted from a New York Post article on Hunter Biden’s laptop — the topic was subjected to a media blackout leading up to the election:
Her most recent Bad Tweet came on Oct. 14, when she pasted in a quote from a New York Post article on photos and documents the paper said it had taken from the hard drive of a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden. She’d intended to raise an eyebrow at the mention of F.B.I. involvement — suggesting they hadn’t found the information serious and, perhaps, a hint as to where Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani got the information. Democrats interpreted her tweet as simply promoting a story whose origins were shadowy. “MAGA Haberman” trended. She sent a round of frantic texts to friends asking if she’d screwed up, and ultimately deleted the tweet.
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