As corporate media and White House staffers ran interference for President Joe Biden’s failings, heaping praise on his gaffe-laden trip to Europe, the left continued to discover new hypocritical lows to sink to as they lauded his message of unity for the West which they once labeled President Donald Trump racist for.
After a NATO summit in Belgium, Biden traveled to Poland where his remarks threatened to escalate an already tumultuous conflict in Ukraine. Seeming to hint at a future deployment of troops into the war-torn nation and referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “butcher,” Biden reportedly outdid himself when he stated in reference to Putin, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
The hint about initiating regime change was promptly walked back and ultimately ignored by the left as they continued to chronicle Biden’s actions with historic juxtapositions before the dust could settle in his wake. For instance, The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin likened the address in Poland to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.
Biden makes a speech akin to those at the Brandenburg Gate by JFK and Reagan. In a square with a crowd. His delivery is quite strong.
— Jennifer 'I stand with Ukraine' Rubin 🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@JRubinBlogger) March 26, 2022
But such repeated declarations like “the West is now stronger and more united than it has ever been” by Biden, were once not so glowingly covered when Trump was issuing them five years early.
Actually speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate rather than the Royal Castle in Warsaw, as Biden’s speech was, Trump honed in on the importance of Poland with respect to the NATO alliance and curried immense favor from the Poles in attendance.
Crowd in #Poland chants "Donald Trump! Donald Trump!" (Driving Liberals Crazy & I Love it!) pic.twitter.com/9uCxNgPi50
— Kevin W (@kwilli1046) July 6, 2017
“We are fighting hard against radical Islamic terrorism, and we will prevail. We cannot accept those who reject our values and who use hatred to justify violence against the innocent,” Trump told the crowd on July 6, 2017, according to the White House transcripts.
“Today,” Trump pronounced, “the West is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence, and challenge our interests. To meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes, and cyberwarfare, we must adapt our alliance to compete effectively in new ways and on all new battlefields.”
“We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes – including Syria and Iran – and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself,” he ominously continued.
Instead of praising the speech for its unifying message against an aggressive “butcher” like Putin united with corrupt regimes, Trump was decried as pushing a racist “alt-right” agenda.
The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart wrote at the time, “The West is a racial and religious term. To be considered Western, a country must be largely Christian (preferably Protestant or Catholic) and largely white.”
Eugene Robinson, a colleague of Rubin’s, considered the speech a relic of days gone by, stating it “might have been appropriate when Britannia ruled the waves and Europe’s great powers held dominion over ‘lesser’ peoples around the globe.”
“It had nothing useful to say about today’s interconnected world in which goods, people and ideas have contempt for borders,” Robinson added.
Calling his piece for the New Republic, “An International Brotherhood of White Grievance,” Jeet Heer wrote, “Such rhetoric is meant to conjure blood-and-soil nationalism. Here, Trump is defining the West not based on ideals like democracy and liberty, but atavistic loyalties to territory and shared kinship.”
“Meanwhile,” Joel Pollak wrote at Breitbart, “Biden is being praised by the media for saying what Trump said – and doing so after Russia has already invaded a pro-western European country.”
“Had the media actually listened to what Trump said about the need to unite in defense of the West, rather than projecting their racial obsessions onto him,” Pollak concluded, “perhaps the West would have been prepared for the challenge.”
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