By Stuart J. Moskovitz, Esq.
The press had a feeding frenzy over Trump’s stating, after the teleprompter went blank, that the Continental Army took control of the airports. The gaffe is obvious; the obsession with the gaffe is typical.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump referred to a poor sports performance of his as “It’s like −− it was like Special Olympics or something.” Obama said that.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died −− an entire town destroyed,” when in actuality, the tornado killed a total of 12 people. Obama said that.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “I’ve now been in 57 states −− I think one left to do,” as Obama had said.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong,” as Obama had said.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries,” as Obama had said.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, ““I’m here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis” while speaking to the party National Convention via satellite, while in Kansas City, Missouri, as Obama did.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian, wheeling and dealing,” as Obama had said, ignoring the fact that in Austria they speak German, not “Austrian.”
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system,” as Obama stated.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “When I meet with world leaders, what’s striking — whether it’s in Europe or here in Asia…” while holding a press conference in the AMERICAN state of Hawaii −− as Obama did in his claimed birthplace. I can tell you that I have never mistaken South Philadelphia for being anywhere but in North America.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “One such translator was an American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world — Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard,” –mispronouncing “Corpsman” (the “ps” is silent) during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., as Obama did. Oh, and by the way, the person he singled out to honor is named Christopher, not Christian.
I just wonder what the press would do if Trump stated, “How’s it going, Sunshine?” while campaigning in Sunrise, Florida, as Obama did.
And I just wonder what the press and America’s feminists would do if Trump turned to a female reporter trying to ask him a question, and said, “Hold on one second, sweetie,” as Obama did.
Every President in history has made repeated verbal gaffes. It comes with the territory. No one can speak that frequently with the cameras rolling and the microphones live day after day and not have a lot of verbal gaffes. The above is just a sampling of the myriad of verbal gaffes made by the press’ darling, Obama.
That they treat every gaffe by Trump as a national crisis explains the historically low appreciation for the press by the general electorate. It is why in 2020, the liberal press, having no credibility or reputation for fairness or integrity, will have no influence on the outcome of the election.
Stuart J. Moskovitz, Esq, is a fomer mayor of Manalapan