By now many have seen the quoted that were released from President Barack Obama, in reference to the tragic shootings this weekend. CNN’s Jake Tapper retweeted the quotes,, along with the printout of the words from our former President.
“We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don't look like us,… https://t.co/bnMk4A5Eqt
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 5, 2019
Of course, one of the first things to note is a rather famous quote from Obama.
"They bring knife, we bring a gun." – Barack Obama
— ❌ Blognificent Bee (@BlognificentB) August 5, 2019
Oh please ? pic.twitter.com/q6D3klxd19
— Tracey (@tsh219) August 5, 2019
Oooops. Maybe we are not allowed to bring that part up???
There is nothing particularly objectionable in Tapper presenting this quote. However when placed in the context of recent events things become vastly different. For instance, how about that post-shooting interview Tapper had with Beto O’Rourke, where he flat-out asked Roberto the leading question.
Jake Tapper: Do you think President Trump is a white nationalist?
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 4, 2019
Like Beto and Bernie ? Ok ?
— Fury_H-D ?? (@usa_fury) August 5, 2019
Does that include the Democratic candidates who cannot speak anymore without calling the president and his supporters racist?
— JimeV (@Jelwoodv) August 5, 2019
. @jaketapper I read the manifesto by the #ElPaso shooter, background on the #DaytonOhio shooter. Either you did not or you’re deliberate in feeding the “simple racist” narrative. Saw your interviews this weekend. @TimRyan @BetoORourke and others didn’t and you didn’t challenge.
— David Webb (@davidwebbshow) August 5, 2019
Also, many noted that Tapper had no such comforting quotes from the former President — or any other prominent Democrats — following other shootings. Those would be incidents where the background of the perpetrator did not fit the narrative quite so comfortably.
This would be more convincing if people were saying the same thing about the Portland antifa homer a couple weeks ago
— (((Charlie Martin))) (@chasrmartin) August 5, 2019
and no mention of the Daytona shooter. Why are they all doing this? Why is it that pushing their narrative is more important than reporting facts without bias? What is the ulterior motive?
— ?shaniqua707???? (@shaniqua7071) August 5, 2019
And what truly makes Tapper presenting these words on “fear and hatred” appear completely obtuse is the fact that that just weeks ago we saw a completely different individual providing quotes at Tapper’s behest.
Should we do the same for news networks that give interviews to people like Richard Spencer?
— Ducky ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@thatjerkme) August 5, 2019
Didn't your show interview a white supremacist? How many people do you reckon he was able to recruit, based on the legitimacy you gave him?
— Shaantanu Singh ? (@singh_shaantanu) August 5, 2019
You. Had. Richard. Spencer. On. Your. Show.
— We Want Marianne! (@NotHappening143) August 5, 2019
Annnnnnd, there it is. The segment on which Spencer appeared was not some bland background about supremacists. They brought him on to actually demean the President. Except — when Richard Spencer says of Trump “he gives us, Nothing!”, that is actually a white supremacist saying Trump is not a supremacist.
So CNN has legitimized Richard Spencer as a valid opinion-maker, AND essentially proves Trump is not the racist they insist that he is.
All while the weekend has been spent by Tapper, and numerous others on CNN, doing all in their power to sow even more intolerance and discontent. Sorry Jake, a blithe quote from the President who oversaw dozens of mass shootings during his terms is hardly enough to wallpaper over the division your network is creating.
I guess that means CNN should close up shop, since all they do is fear monger, race bait and divide our country.
— Uranium Covfefe (@zoochum) August 5, 2019