June 23, 2018

Press Ignoring, Condoning Escalation in Threats, Harassment of Trump Officials and Children

Threatening and violent social media posts and overt actions against Trump administration officials and their families have escalated sharply in recent days. The left-dominated establishment press and especially leftist politicians are virtually ignoring them. Apparently, some are taking the lack of outrage as permission for expanding the scope of their efforts. Thus, it’s not enough to threaten the President’s son, as Peter Fonda did. A Canadian TV writer has threatened his granddaughter. True to form, this news is getting some press coverage — in the UK, but not in the U.S.

The threatening Wednesday tweet, since deleted, came from Canadian comedy writer Pat Dussault, who has since apologized. It was directed at Chloe Trump’s father, Donald Trump Jr.:

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The “Top Stories” listed in a Google web search on “Trump granddaughter threatened” (not in quotes) at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday were both from UK news outlets:

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A search at Google News on “Trump Chloe” (not in quotes) for the past 24 hours returned 10 relevant items. None are establishment press outlets. The only U.S.-based newspaper in the results was the Washington Times.

Washington Times reporter Eric Schiffer and CRTV’s Deneen Borelli appeared on Fox Business’s Evening Edit show on Friday to discuss the left-driven threat escalation with host Liz McDonald.

Their conversation effectively reminded viewers that all of this could have been stopped or at least seriously curtailed a year ago when Congressman Steve Scalise was shot at a Republican baseball team practice:

Transcript:

LIZ MCDONALD: Deneen, this month, it is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Republican baseball practice that left congressman Steve Scalise severely wounded. A lot of heated rhetoric agitated the shooter. Now this. And Deneen, the Secret Service is reportedly notified of a TV writer’s post. So how seriously should we take this kind of rhetoric?

DENEEN BORELLI: I think it should be taken very seriously, Liz. This vile, vicious and vulgar comments that are launched against President Trump, his family, and actually anyone that’s associated with him, all of these comments should be taken seriously.

How do we know that the people who are making these comments, this guy in Canada, Peter Fonda, how do we know that someone won’t actually act on these comments? I tell you, it’s really reckless and it’s dangerous what they are doing, and I do believe they should be investigated at the very least.

MACDONALD: Eric, to Deneen’s point, actor James Woods brought attention to the threat against the President’s granddaughter saying, quote, “This is exactly the kind of violence that has been inspired by Peter Fonda’s tweet. The individual making the suggestive terrorist threat against the granddaughter of the President is a, in quotes, ‘TV writer,’ which sadly makes sense in today’s twisted world of Hollywood.”

What do you think, Eric? Does he have a point?

SCHIFFER: Look, I’m not sure that it’s directed at the Hollywood — you know, the movies, per se. But what we do have are some pretty whacked-out people. This kind of behavior is out of bounds, and on behalf of trying to protect children, they’re putting children’s lives at risk and certainly threatening kids and sending a message to others that it’s okay.

This kind of stuff should be condemned. It’s pathetic. But what’s really sad is Fonda, for instance, will probably get more work in Hollywood because of it. It will actually probably help his career.

The establishment press has virtually ignored the Friday morning protest at Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen’s house. They didn’t ignore the harassment of Nielsen Tuesday evening at a DC restaurant which caused her to decide to leave. In this case, the press acted as if she had it coming for her “absurdity” in trying to eat at a Mexican restaurant. One of those engaging in the harassment was a Department of Justice official who boasted about how proud she was of her involvement.

If leftist politicians or officials, or especially their children or grandchildren, were being subjected to this treatment, the establishment press would covering the incidents wall-to-wall, and its reporters would be demanding that every available Republican or conservative denounce these tactics. Currently, they are engaging in no visible attempt to get Democrats or other leftist leaders to comment on these and other incidents.

As is so often said, at some point silence equals support. The public should take notice.

Cross-posted, with significant revisions and new information, at NewsBusters.org.

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