In life, it’s really important to choose your battles wisely. Too bad our media seems to have missed that memo.

This afternoon, Donald Trump couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a joke at Canadian PM Justin Trudeau … and intrepid reporters like Jim Acosta were on it:

He wrote up a whole piece and everything:

According to the sources, Trudeau pressed Trump on how he could justify the tariffs as a “national security” issue. In response, Trump quipped to Trudeau, “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” referring to the War of 1812.

The problem with Trump’s comments to Trudeau is that British troops burned down the White House during the War of 1812. Historians note the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario, in territory that eventually became Canada, which was then a British colony.

Wow, that’s some “SCOOP,” Jimbo!

And speaking of jokes, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger joke than Jim Acosta. He’s constantly giving us new reasons to laugh at him.

More from Smithsonian Magazine:

The British and American armies, supplemented by militia and First Nations warriors, pushed back and forth for nearly three years, temporarily trading territory along the Niagara river, and hitting each other at their cores.

York, now Toronto, was captured and looted. And Newark, now Niagara-on-the-Lake, was burned. British forces attacked Washington and torched the White House.

Such a violent history is surprising to many, given that Canada and the US now act more like siblings than neighbors. Turns out this cheerful outlook may be due more to forgetfulness than reconciliation.

The Wall Street Journal’s Alistair MacDonald writes,

Many Canadian children grow up learning their forebears triumphed after American aggressors tried and failed to invade what was then a British colony. For Americans, a fledging nation forced Britain to respect U.S. sovereignty, allowing it to focus on its expansion westward.

El. Oh. El.

But Jim Acosta’s gotta bust Trump for something, right?

Because they can’t help it.

Pretty much.

Works every time it’s tried.

Here’s a thought:

Sounds reasonable.


Last word to Charles C.W. Cooke, who pretty much nails it:

Dare we say … burn it all down?



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