It’s a cliché, but it’s worth noting: If you can’t stand the heat, then get the hell out of the kitchen.
Donald John “Wartime President” Trump says he’s being treated worse by the media than any president in history. That includes Abraham Lincoln, a real wartime president who fought like the dickens to preserve the Union.
He succeeded. The fight cost him his life when a gunman killed him at Ford Theater in Washington, D.C.
Now, though, for Donald Trump to suggest the media treat him worse than what the press did to President Lincoln simply is beyond the pale.
Trump doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand the media’s role in protecting us against government that is capable at times of reaching too far and, yes, of making egregious mistakes.
Do you think Trump has made any such mistakes during his three years as president? I most assuredly believe that’s the case.
Trump spoke at a Fox News town hall. A woman asked him why he doesn’t answer reporters’ direct questions on the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Hill: “I am greeted with a hostile press, the likes of which no president has ever seen,” Trump said, sitting in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial. “The closest would be that gentleman right up there. They said Lincoln, nobody got treated worse than Lincoln. I believe I am treated worse.”
Cry me a bleeping river, Mr. President.
The media are doing what the Constitution allows them to do. No amount of bullying, intimidation, coercion or threats from the president or his lackeys should throw them off their mission.
Every presidential predecessor — all of whom had to endure negative coverage — has understood that it all goes with the job to which they were elected.
Until this clown.