The Washington Post’s Philip Bump has had some pretty hot takes in his day, but this one is pretty special:
The idea of our democracy is that voters can make an informed decision between candidates. Here's what voters didn't know about Trump on Nov. 8, 2016. https://t.co/s6EbK7go4H
— Philip Bump (@pbump) May 2, 2018
Of course Dan Rather is lapping it up:
Pres. Trump likes to talk about "extreme vetting" – well let's just say that standard wasn't applied to Mr. Trump before election day in 2016. Far from it. This helpful rundown has some of the major points. What didn't we know and when didn't we know it?https://t.co/eZHq27soOk
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) May 3, 2018
Shut up, Dan.
You know, it’s getting hard to keep track of the excuses Hillary Clinton has given for why she lost, but this one’s as good as any she’s come up with. Because last time we checked, Donald Trump was an open book. A wide-open book. Did we not know that he was an unapologetic womanizer and adulterer? Did we not know that he changed his policy positions as frequently as he changed his ties? Did we not know that he tended to exaggerate his own wealth, intelligence, and overall greatness?
We’re pretty sure most people knew all these things — and he got elected anyway. Thanks in no small part, by the way, to the media hacks who pulled out all the stops to make sure he was the Republican nominee.
Scratching my head, but pretty sure we knew and know more about Donald Trump—his life, scandals, victories, losses, state of mind—than any other president. https://t.co/RxaJvG7aih
— Matthew Continetti (@continetti) May 3, 2018
Media: We knew nothing about the guy who spent his entire life in the spotlight pic.twitter.com/N6RV0IC2R8
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizWFB) May 3, 2018
I have friends and family that I know less than Donald Trump at this point.
— Shaquille Moore (@ShaquilleGMoore) May 3, 2018
Now, if you want to talk about presidential candidates who weren’t subject to “extreme vetting,” may we humbly remind you of Trump’s predecessor?
We knew more about him a than the previous president.
— Patty Schneider (@1PattySchneider) May 3, 2018
Especially when compared to how exhaustively they vetted Obama! /sarc
— Slim Chiply (@HarryLimeputter) May 3, 2018
I remember when the media didn't exactly vet the community organizer from Chicago.
— DLass (@Wwlasss) May 3, 2018
The guy we knew nothing about was Obama. Trump has been in the media since before I became eligible to vote 40 years ago.
— Willie Vanderbrink (@OilFart1) May 3, 2018
I'm sure they are still tirelessly pursuing Obama's hidden history.
— Patrick McBride (@antonzilwicky54) May 3, 2018
voters knew far less about obama and the media HID more about obama than anyone else in history
— Roger the Shrubber (@Rogershrubbers) May 3, 2018