Beginning during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump started his feud with the news media. If they criticized him, he called them out. He even mocked a reporter who had a disability during the campaign.
That same feud has remained throughout his presidency; however, with each day it’s continually grown hotter. To the nation’s delight, though, political cartoonists still have a field day with it, and that’s what the New York Daily News’ Bill Bramhall did.
In a political cartoon posted by the NY Daily News on Facebook, Bramhall depicted Trump in a natural history museum. Pointing at a display of animals, he’s seen screaming, “FAKE GNUS! FAKE GNUS!” The two people standing behind Trump remark in the depiction, “He’s getting desperate.”
In the cartoon, Trump is pointing at two gnus, which are commonly known as wildebeests. The correct pronunciation of gnus is “news,” of course. They are not a fake animal, however.
The cartoon is a great depiction of Trump’s desperation to simply blame the “fake news” media especially after disasters such as Hurricane Maria devastating Puerto Rico. Facing severe backlash for his slow response to the catastrophe, Trump simply tweeted it was the fake news media making it up.
His hate for the news media has grown into such a mass cluster of intolerance that he’s gone as far as to suggest the Senate Intelligence Committee should investigate the news outlets. In a tweet, he wrote:
‘Why isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!’
The problem is most of the news isn’t just made up. News outlets do get things wrong. However, they aren’t consistently and blatantly faking the blunders he commits and that the grim poll numbers that reveal his favorability among Americans are waning.
CNN noted that one theme of Trump’s campaign was the “delegitimizing of the press corps covering him.” However, now, his presidency’s major theme appears to be the delegitimization of the press and outright disrespect for the First Amendment.
You can check out the Facebook responses to Bramhall’s political cartoon below.
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