What the media didn’t tell you about Trump and Charlottesville

Washington Examiner, August 14, 2017

The heated debate over the weekend about whether President Trump was enabling white supremacist groups revealed the mainstream media’s eagerness to label him a racist. Yes, Trump should have more unambiguously spurned racists who invoked his name as inspiration for their violence, but the mainstream media’s coverage and Trump haters’ reaction also showed the knee-jerk, decrepit nature of this country’s discussion on race.

When a white nationalist rally ended in violence in Charlottesville on Saturday, President Trump tweeted, “We all must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.”

When it was confirmed that a female counter-protester died and more than a dozen were injured, Trump said on Sunday, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

In turn, pundits and politicians alike lambasted Trump’s failure to explicitly name white supremacists in his condemnation.

On CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday, anchor Jake Tapper asked if Trump was sending a dog whistle to the white supremacists who supported him. To bolster his point, Tapper repeatedly pointed to his interview with Trump in February 2016 where Trump did not explicitly disavow support from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Nowhere did Tapper point out that two days before his interview with Trump, the presidential candidate was asked at a press conference about Duke’s endorsement and unequivocally declared, “I disavow.”

After his interview with Tapper, Trump reiterated his rejection of Duke’s support on Twitter. Tapper said nothing about that either.

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Alt Right demonstrators clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Aug. 12, 2017. Source: https://www.voanews.com/a/rallies-in-aftermath-of-charlottesville-violence/3983710.html.

 

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China vs. USA in the Trump Era

Originally published on Fox News, July 16, 2017

Chinese leaders are determined to challenge U.S. dominance in Asia and had never planned on asking for American permission, no matter who occupies the White House.

U.S. global leadership also is not premised on blindly following the preferences of other countries. Additionally, under Trump’s predecessor, U.S. foreign policy bounced between setback and blunder, especially in Asia. The Trump administration would be wise not to rush into the same exercise.

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The Mainstream Media Should Shut Up and Listen for a While

Washington Examiner, June 9, 2017

Congressional testimony by former FBI Director James Comey Thursday revealed much of what the media got wrong about President Trump and the Russia investigation. The public learned that Trump himself—as he had indicated—was not under investigation, that he had every right to fire an FBI director he did not like, and that Comey presented no evidence that Trump engaged in obstruction of justice or committed an impeachable offense.

In many ways, the frenzy about Trump and Russia says a lot more about media hostility toward Trump than it does about Trump’s actions. The mainstream media has always exhibited rampant bias against right-of-center political figures. In the coverage of Trump, that bias has turned into all-out hysteria and insidious snickering.

While overt media hostility is outrageous, reporting laced with insidious bias is much more misleading and dangerous.

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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 29, 2016. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Ying Ma Discusses Trump and Russia Investigation

Radio National, ABC (Australia), May 22, 2017

Ying Ma joined Australian public radio to discuss recent controversies involving President Donald Trump, his meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister in the White House, the ongoing FBI investigation into links between his campaign and Russia, and more.

To listen to the program, click HERE.

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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 29, 2016. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Where Anti-Trump Derangement Syndrome Comes From

Washington Examiner, May 19, 2017

There appears to be no end to the Left’s vitriol against President Trump. After his inauguration, massive and sometimes-violent anti-Trump protests have broken out across the country. The mainstream liberal press hyperventilates over his every statement and action, with reporters spouting opinions as fact and one supposedly objective TV anchor literally rolling his eyes at a Trump surrogate. In the latest bout of hysteria, Democrats and liberals are obsessing gleefully over the (dim) prospect of Trump’s impeachment.

While Trump is prone to deliver high drama with his management style and personality, the hatred he inspires comes with a whole lot of derangement and hypocrisy. It can also trace its roots to the political correctness and intellectual intolerance with which American society and higher education are saturated.

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Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on October 4, 2016. (Photo by Gage Skidmore) 

Foreign Policy Interventionists in the Trump Era

Washington Examiner, May 8, 2017

Haters of President Trump are not known for their capacity for self-criticism. Having waged all-out, nasty battles to defeat him last November, they have decided to blame anyone but themselves for their failure. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton blames Russian hacking and FBI Director James Comey for her electoral loss. The mainstream media, which largely dispensed with any pretense of objectivity in the last election, blames the Trump administration for its hostility toward them.

Other Trump opponents, including right-wing foreign policy professionals who declared Trump unfit for office, are now busy evaluating whether Trump is “normalizing,” or becoming more like them.

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Republicans Need to Rally around Trump

The National Interest, April 4, 2017

During the 2016 campaign, numerous prominent conservatives opposed the Trump candidacy and warned that its success would be inexorably bad for conservatism.

Some two months into his presidency, rifts between Donald Trump and conservatives are in plain sight. The new president has blamed the recent failure to repeal and replace Obamacare on the conservative House Freedom Caucus. In various presidential tweets, he named and blamed various caucus members and even threatened to fight against the group along with Democrats in the midterm elections of 2018.

Were Trump’s conservative critics correct all along that he is bad for their cause?

While the failure to repeal Obamacare is no doubt a setback for the Trump administration and Republicans in general, conservatives should nevertheless be heartened by the overall progress made and broad direction set by the new president. Unconventional though his presidency may be—and it certainly is, beyond the wildest imagination—Trump has pursued an agenda that is friendly to many of conservatism’s cherished ideals.

Since his inauguration, President Trump has picked a cabinet that many acknowledge is the most conservative in history and nominated Neil Gorsuch, a highly respected conservative judge, to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, he has pursued regulatory reform, border and homeland security and pro-market measures that conservatives have long supported.

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