After reading The New York Times’s biased description of President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) decided he couldn’t hold his tongue. Having watched a speech that championed the best of America’s history and defended this country’s values and founders, Cruz was taken aback to see the Times characterize the speech as “dark and divisive.” In a series of tweets, the Texas Republican said the paper’s take on the president’s speech was proof that Americans are living in “parallel universes” that rarely align anymore.
“@realDonaldTrump gives a majestic speech before Mt. Rushmore, celebrating America & recounting the magnificent champions for Liberty Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt. He vows to defend America,” Cruz tweeted. “NYT & WaPo: ‘dark & divisive.’ We are living in parallel universes.”
In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, “Only in the mind of deranged Leftists is defending Mt. Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt ‘leaning in to the culture wars.’ The culture warriors are the mobs burning our cities, defacing American heroes.”
He then retweeted a post from The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, who wrote: “Leftist propaganda outlet that cancels Geo. Washington & Mt. Rushmore, defends iconoclasm and racial disharmony, opposes rule of law, etc., claims defense of America and equal justice under law against their efforts is ‘dark’ and ‘divisive.’”
It’s not difficult to figure out what the mainstream media is talking about; Trump’s speech was unapologetic in its characterization of the radical left and what they’re trying to do to the American way of life. And if you’ve thrown your lot in with the rioters and Marxists, you would indeed see this speech as a full-throated declaration of war against you.
But an objective reading of the speech reveals that these journalists are revealing more about themselves than they are about Trump.
“We gather tonight to herald the most important day in the history of nations: July 4th, 1776. At those words, every American heart should swell with pride, every American family should cheer with delight, and every American patriot should be filled with joy, because each of you lives in the most magnificent country in the history of the world, and it will soon be greater than ever before,” Trump said at Rushmore.
“Our Founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity,” he continued. “No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America. And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation.”
The L.A. Times said of these words: “Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war.”
While ABC News accused the president of pushing for further “racial division.”
As Mollie Hemingway put it: “Republicans ought to be extremely happy with how much that speech has left the entire media complex apoplectic with rage and resorting to 100% lying about it. An unquestionable sign of its quality and success if they are all-hands-on-deck lying about it.”
Perhaps. Although, at this point, “all-hands-on-deck lying” is pretty much the media’s de facto position.