Donald Trump has caused himself to be labeled as anti-freedom of the press and anti-anyone/anything who/that doesn’t agree with him. This immature train of thought and associated behaviors led to him being in an adversarial relationship with the same media that once saturated televisions and the Web with the Hillary Clinton email stories that propelled Trump to his Electoral College win.
Somewhere along the line, the media, which arguably helped Trump win the Electoral College, turned into the media that Trump abhors, attacks, and openly spars with. However, on Sunday Trump may have taken things too far.
Donald Trump started Sunday with a childish tweet portraying himself as a wrestler slamming and otherwise beating up his opponent. The opponent just so happened to be labeled as CNN:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
While Trump’s sense of entitlement allowed him to feel no shame for his tweet, critics condemned his post as “crude, false, and unpresidential.” Ironically, Trump’s critics aren’t the only ones who feel Trump’s tweet was out of order and not funny.
Radio show host, former Congressman, and vocal Trump supporter, Joe Walsh (R-IL) did what Republicans have seemed too scared to do here of late. Walsh spoke against Donald Trump. With that said, it’s important to note that Walsh’s condemnation of Trump didn’t stand alone; he felt the need to attempt to put Trump’s actions on the same level as comedian Kathy Griffin’s:
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 2, 2017
Walsh was met with some support for his willingness to speak-out against Trump’s post:
God damn Joe I thought I would never say this, but I agree with you.
— Brandon Neely (@BrandonTXNeely) July 2, 2017
Well, Yusef, write down the time and date, we agree.
— Dr Strange ❄?? (@CeeEyes) July 2, 2017
Others weren’t as kind to Walsh. Suggesting that holding a comedian and Trump to the same standard is inappropriate, these social media users weren’t impressed with Walsh’s tweet:
One is president. Other is a “D list” comedian. Holding them to same standard is an insult to the presidency and to America itself. Grow up.
— Joel Silberman (@Wordpeggio) July 2, 2017
Exactly the President should know better and be more professional than any comedian from any “list”.
— Joshua J Andrews (@JJAndrews27) July 2, 2017
Sorry Joe. Wrong, apples and oranges.
— Traveler (@compandsquare) July 2, 2017
Youre right, the person who is supposed to represent an entire nation & defend the freedom of the press should be held to a higher standard
— Eric Baker (@baksybakery89) July 2, 2017
1 is a comedienne who showed bad judgement 1 day. ONE day. The other is POTUS who shows bad judgement EVERY DAMN DAY. Not equal.
— Amy Ottinger (@AmyOttinger415) July 2, 2017
Higher standard for President.
— Sarah Vanhooser (@vanwhosher) July 2, 2017
Did anyone actually find either of those things funny? But the point is we should not hold a POTUS to the same standard as a comedian.
— Brando (@Brandossius) July 2, 2017
One was done by a comedian. The other by the president. Please stop comparing them.
— jg (@jgriffaz_) July 2, 2017
she isnt commander in chief, he is
— elevate2016 (@elevate53) July 3, 2017
Only one of those individuals swore to protect & defend, etc. he’s the President! She’s a comedian…smh
— Nicole Boxer (@nicoleboxer) July 2, 2017
It’s true that Griffin should in no way be held to the same level of accountability as Trump. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day and perhaps acknowledging Walsh’s willingness to speak against Trump will encourage others to do the same.
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