As the right-wing media machine continues to push the false narrative that the left is one big, violent, unruly mob fighting to upset some delicate order established by the conservative movement, their leader President Trump is stepping up his vile, pro-violence rhetoric.
At his rally last night, Trump praised Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) for body-slamming reporter Ben Jacobs this past May for simply trying to ask him a question. It was a disgusting celebration of brutality on the part of the president, and clear proof that the GOP’s sudden obsession with civility is nothing more than a disingenuous campaign strategy.
HuffPost tweeted a good refresher of the horrifying incident.
Trump just praised Congressman Greg Gianforte for body-slamming a reporter. pic.twitter.com/19VVUkJIJn
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 19, 2018
Trump’s comments represent an escalation in his anti-free press behavior and come on the tail-end of a week where he was widely criticized for failing to take adequate action against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for murdering and dismembering journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Now, The Guardian — the reputable publication which employs the journalist who Gianforte assaulted — has released a powerful statement condemning President Trump’s words.
They correctly point out that Jacobs was simply trying to exercise his First Amendment right when the Republican politician physically attacked him and that Trump’s praising of the attacks flies directly in the face of the president’s oath to defend the Constitution.
The Guardian also didn’t fail to draw attention to the Khashoggi murder, pointing out that there is a dangerous global atmosphere for journalists right now, and the last thing these people need is the leader of the most powerful country in the world encouraging violence against them. The statement, penned by The Guardian’s editor John Mulholland, ends with a call for Trump to apologie.
Of course, Trump isn’t known for his apologies, so this letter will almost certainly go ignored by him. That said, it’s still a brave move on the part of The Guardian. Even if the president continues to embrace illiberal values, it’s crucial that the rest of the world refuse to normalize such behavior.
New statement from the Guardian on Trump’s remarks tonight praising Gianforte’s assault —> pic.twitter.com/ZAMUpcII4B
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) October 19, 2018