Scaremongering and Ice Cream: It's All About 2020

President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, May 20, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Pennsylvania. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

The year has hardly begun and we’re already seeing what kind of tone the media will set when it comes to reporting on the doings of President Donald Trump.

It’s a stupid tone, as you may have already guessed.

We know what it is because right after the drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the left lept into action, and proceeded to do what it does best, which is making an entire ass out of itself as it tries to make the latest thing Trump did seem apocalyptic in some way. According to them, we’re about to enter World War 3.

We’re not. Australia’s raging fires are a much bigger issue than any potential global war. Also, it’s hard to have a global war without global players. China is making a show of not being pleased with us, but you’ll notice they’re not stopping any kind of trade negotiations with America.

All in all, the only people who really seem to be upset about Soleimani’s death are the people who are upset that Trump is president, which is absolutely breathtaking when you stop to think about it.

There’s a meme going around that features Donald Trump dressed as a magician.

“For my next act,” it says in the text, “I’m going to make Democrats defend Iran.”

It’s silly but the fact is, herding Democrats is like herding chickens. They’ll run, en masse, toward the first juicy morsel they see. For them, the juiciest of morsels is anything that makes Trump look like a villain. If they think Trump killing off a terrorist general can be used as a way to make his poll numbers sink, then that’s where they’ll run to.

They will, and did, literally paint Trump’s killing of a terrorist general as a net negative for the world.

I could end the article here, but there’s one moment from the media in particular that really signaled how bad they are right now for me, and that’s when CNN made a big deal out of reporting that when Soleimani died, Trump was busy eating ice cream.

“This was the scene at the Mar-a-Lago as the news of the strikes broke” reported CNN in bold letters within the post:

As news broke that the US struck and killed Qasem Soleimani, President Trump was dining at his Mar-a-Lago club, surrounded by old friends and others like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

As meatloaf and ice cream were served, the Pentagon confirmed that the US was behind the strikes, the only statement from the administration throughout the night.

What the hell does this have to do with anything?

It doesn’t. In the grand scheme of things, the fact that Trump was eating ice cream means absolutely nothing.

From a narrative perspective, however, this can be used to make Trump seem cold, uncalculating, uncaring, and disrespectful. He can be passed off as some idiot enjoying a treat as he pushes buttons, pulls triggers, and gives permissions that result in mass destruction and death.

It’s easy to do when your platform is large enough. Take anything and focus on one tiny aspect that seems disagreeable, and that becomes the story.

Or at least CNN tried. The result didn’t make them look very good at all, but that’s beside the point. The point is that they tried it.

We have a media that is far more obsessed with harassing a president who is busy killing terrorist leaders. They have placed themselves so far against Trump that when he pulls a trigger that kills an international villain, they mourn the villain and do what they can to make it seem like what Trump did was an act of unconscionable evil.

Why this? Why now? That’s easy.

Trump’s reelection is coming up and the Democrats want every advantage they can. They’re going to try to convince you that Trump is not only irresponsible and uncaring but that his behavior may have just dragged us into another World War.

Democrats want you afraid of the future. They want you to believe that with Trump in charge, you’re in grave danger of retaliation from people who don’t take losing well. They want you believing that at any moment, a bomb may go off and you and yours might be caught in the blast. They want you to believe that soon you’ll be seeing images of war on your television as our men and women in arms — the very ones they want to defund all the time — are going to start dying left and right just as they did in the last World War.

They want you to see that in your head, get scared, and vote Democrat.

This is all 2020 theatrics.