Harvard Law Prof. Laurence Tribe: “The resemblance to days before Tiananmen Square is chilling.”
In the days leading up to President Trump’s Independence Day “Salute to America,” various anti-Trump pundits worked themselves into a ludicrous frenzy that tanks rolling in the streets of D.C. was a harbinger of doom.
People on Twitter are having a bit of fun revisiting the extreme predictions of the coming apocalypse from people like Harvard Law School Professor, and anti-Trump fanatic, Laurence Tribe:
I'd tweet agreement, but I can't get these handcuffs off. FASCISTS! And TANKS for NOTHING!
— tree hugging sister (@treehuggingsis) July 7, 2019
NY Times columnist Charles Blow almost blew his stack with fear:
Let this sink in:
There are tanks in the nation’s capital and concentration camps at its border.
The drift to toward the unimaginable is unmistakable.
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 3, 2019
The doomsdaying was so bad that Newsbusters has provided another of their fabulous compilation videos.
The common line across broadcast and cable news alike was that President Trump would give something akin to a campaign rally speech. “You will hear criticism of his critics; you will hear a celebration of self in terms of how he sees his accomplishments,” declared New York Times White House correspondent and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman during July 3’s New Day.
Later that day on ABC’s World News Tonight, correspondent Stephanie Ramos touted the possibility that Trump was “turning a traditionally non-partisan event into a Trump-focused campaign-style rally.” Meanwhile, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell referred to the event as “Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Washington, paid for by the American taxpayer.”
News personalities also worried that the military parade had totalitarian undertones, taking the opportunity to compare the President to various authoritarian dictators for the ten millionth time.
Needless to say the sky hasn’t fallen, we aren’t living under martial law, and the president is still “just” the president and not a totalitarian dictator for life. Trump’s speech was not a “campaign rally” speech nor did he attack anyone of either party.
Watch the whole thing:
One thing the Trump speech was not about: it was not about him.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) July 4, 2019
They all got it wrong. Indeed, they got it so very, disastrously wrong that Marc Thiessen argues in the Washington Post that Trump made his critics look small.
Of all the stupid freak-outs we have experienced since Trump was elected, the hyperventilation over his Fourth of July address and celebration on the Mall may be the stupidest.
. . . . Millions of ordinary Americans who tuned in to watch must have been wondering what the fuss was all about. Democrats promised they would witness a partisan address. But instead, they saw the president deliver a deeply unifying speech that celebrated America’s accomplishments, and the courage of our men and women in uniform. With each passing minute, the president looked larger while his critics looked increasingly petty and small.
Trump critics who participated in the fear-mongering hype leading up to the “Salute to America” don’t really need his help looking small. They manage that all on their own.
Does "got it wrong" go far enough?
It's not as if these people were doing any reporting and got bad information. They just made stuff up.
— Big Smooth (@BigSmoothInBigD) July 7, 2019
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