Inconsistency in criticism of Trump vs. Obama?
Re: “Attacks between MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ hosts and President Trump,” July 5 letter to the editor.
Letter-writer Mike Eller wrote: “If Barack Obama had been insulted like Trump has been, the party doing the insulting would have been labeled a racist and worse. The difference is that the media (including The Denver Post) would have scorned the party doing the insulting. With Trump, they scorn the president.”
That is simply not true. When Obama was insulted for things he actually said or did, the critics were only “labeled a racist or worse” if the criticism was framed in racist (or worse) terms. The media did not scorn the people who insulted the way he actually said or did things. And, in fact, they did scorn him for his relatively rare false statements and official missteps. On the other hand, they did scorn those who tried to push fake controversies (such as the “birthers”).
Donald Trump, on the other hand, is being insulted for what he actually said, how he said it, and what he actually did. He is not insulted for his race, assumed religion, or place of birth. There is no different standard at work, just two different men with very different behavior. Bill Goodrich, Englewood