The pot called the kettle black this morning on Fox News.
President Trump made an appearance on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo where he pointed to his opponents (52.3% of the country according to the latest polls) as the source of divisiveness in America even as he issued a vague and ominous threat against them.
Bartiromo, who remains the only news anchor on any network to have had a song written about her by the late Joey Ramone, asked the president about the public protests against his administration, including the public shaming of administration officials in response to the separation of refugee families as part of Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
The question came after a week of controversy over civility in politics suddenly erupted after administration figures like White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Neilsen got a taste of Trump’s own patented brand of antagonistic medicine by being harassed in public and denied service at restaurants for their roles supporting the Trump agenda.
Trump himself was severely lambasted by Oscar-winning actor Robert DeNiro, who infamously decried “Fuck Trump!” from the stage at Broadway’s Tony Awards ceremony.
Trump’s response to Bartiromo’s question ignored his own pioneering role in lowering the level of acceptable political discourse, beginning with his attacks on his opponents during the Republican primaries where his derisive nicknames for the other candidates, including “Little” Marco Rubio, “Low Energy” Jeb Bush, and “Lying” Ted Cruz, soon led to mocking a disabled reporter, calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals”, and describing immigrants as infesting vermin, a term eerily similar phrases Nazis used to describe Jews in a era we thought we left behind decades ago.
“I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy. They better just take it easy because some of the language used, some of the words used, even some of the radical ideas I really think they are very bad for the country,” Trump replied.
As a font of vulgar language and radical ideas that are already proving to be horrendous for the nation, Trump may as well be describing himself, if he had an ounce of self-reflection in his body.
The implied “or else” that accompanies “they had better just take it easy” is the type of menacing, yet deniable threat that Trump specializes in. It is certainly designed more to demonstrate his “toughness” to his base of supporters hyped by his fear-mongering than to intimidate his opposition who will continue to respond to his worst excesses with equally intense and fervent reactions.
You can watch President Trump’s response to Maria Bartiromo in the video clip below.
Trump warns his critics to "take it easy."
"I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy. They better just take it easy b/c some of the language used, some of the words used, even some of the radical ideas I really think they are very bad for the country" pic.twitter.com/1v5PzZQO6z
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