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Referencing the Powerline post, “Media Tale About Clearing of Lafayette Park Collapses.” I’m sure many of you remember the MSM meltdown over the matter.
Long story short/endless: Lafayette Park was cleared of protestors shortly before Trump walked through it carrying a Bible to make a point at St. John’s Church. MSM, who never read the “correlation is not always causation” brief, lost their collective minds. Trump was tarred, probably forever, with the “Nazi-like” specter of having had protesters tear-gassed and dragged away, just so he could show off for his moronic, low-class, and ill-behaved followers. (Many of whom are my neighbors, and with whom I am proud to associate.)
This was a very big deal at the time. Such a big deal that I don’t think it’s overstating the case to say that it was one of the foundational underpinnings to overturning Trump’s presidency. (Not a comment on the election; just on the appalling disinterest of the MSM in uncovering actual facts of the matter when it came to anything related to Trump. If it denigrated Trump, it led. Simple as that.)
Now that Trump’s gone, however, the facts can be revealed: The Inspector General of the Interior Department, one Mark Lee Greenblatt (a career civil servant with no particular bias in Trump’s favor) has “uncovered” the truth: Trump had nothing to do with the clearing of the park, which was a response to unruly protestors, and an attempt to install anti-scale fencing and protect the statues and property therein.
On a personal note, I lost valued friends and social media contacts over this and a few other matters, when it became clear to me that the frothing-at-the-mouth over Trump superseded any attempts at rational conversation, and I’d just like to say, to all and sundry, and to any of those former friends who might be reading this and who were fond of portraying @MollieHemingway as a “tool” of Donald Trump, that it does appear, as Glenn Greenwald pointed out in the Powerline-linked post, that Mollie, like Enoch Powell, “was right,” in this instance (and, perhaps, many others).
I have no way of knowing if those former social media friends are recalibrating their opinions at this point. But gosh, I hope so.
Still, not holding my breath.
FTR, and before anyone suggests otherwise, I’ve always viewed Trump as a lout and a bully. I’ve also always viewed him (and said so on Ricochet, for years and in the face of some of you who’ve called me a Never-Trumper) as a remarkably useful and effective President when it came to actually delivering on the Conservative agenda. I do believe it’s possible to hold those two opposing ideas in my mind at the same time–not so much a comment on my own intelligence (as F. Scott Fitzgerald would have it), as simply a commentary on the practical, in the apparent absence of other alternatives.Published in