Remember when America’s esteemed leftist media cared about political violence, and strongly condemned it in every form or fashion? We don’t either.
But after a meme ripoff from a scene from the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service depicting President Donald J. Trump slashing and bashing his way through media outlets and detractors was allegedly made and played at the American Priority conference last week, the media are totally up in arms about political violence.
The same media that are outraged today are the media who told the American people that Shakespeare in the Park’s rendition of Julius Caesar, wherein Trump is depicted as Caesar and is stabbed to death, was totally fine – simply a form of artistic expression.
In fact, our own Laura Loomer interrupted one of the showings in protest, only for The New York Times to unleash a hit piece on her, and defend the play. Here’s what The Times said:
A production of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park was disrupted on Friday evening by two protesters who objected to the bloody scene in which the title character, played by an actor costumed and styled to resemble President Trump, is knifed to death.
A woman who later identified herself on social media as Laura Loomer jumped onto the stage just after the assassination of Caesar and began shouting, “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right,” and, “This is violence against Donald Trump.” Ms. Loomer describes herself as a “a right-wing investigative journalist and activist” who has previously worked with James O’Keefe, the conservative activist known for selectively edited undercover video investigations.
Ms. Loomer’s interruption of the scene was being recorded by a man in the audience who began shouting, “You are all Goebbels,” a reference to the Hitler aide and Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. On social media, Jack Posobiec, an activist who supports President Trump and has been associated with conspiracy theories, identified himself as Ms. Loomer’s collaborator.
In simpler terms, artists stabbing Trump good, Trump stabbing media bad.
But if you thought Shakespeare in the Park was the only example of media looking the other way on political violence, you’d be very wrong. In fact, there’s a whole chapter on this exact topic in my latest book, Enemies: The Press vs. The American People.
In the original Kingsman film, by the way, the scene bootlegged for the Trump meme depicts conservative Christians being slaughtered wholesale. We must have missed the media outrage cycle.
Here’s a brief overview of just a few times the media didn’t care about political violence – before it started caring on Sunday.
Remember when Kathy Griffin did a photoshoot with an effigy of Trump’s severed, bloody head? Or how about when Snoop Dogg shot Trump in the head in a music video? How about when the press refused to cover an actual bombing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in the name of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), calling them “concentration camps,” as the congresswoman did? Or when they, along with their friends at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), defended the Antifa thugs who beat journalist Andy Ngo in Portland, Oregon? What about when Chris Cuomo of CNN said not all punches are “morally equal,” insinuating that punching conservatives was just fine because they harbor the “wrong” opinions.
You get the point.
Kurt Schlichter summed it up nicely on Twitter:
We in conservative media have been advocating against political violence for the entire Trump presidency. It’s nice to see our colleagues on the left finally coming around.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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