After all the blind speculation and feigned melodramatics surrounding the nationwide manhunt for whoever was targeting prominent Democrats with improvised mail bombs, CNN producers are breathing a collective sigh of relief. But not because the culprit, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, Jr., was arrested Friday and will no longer be in a position to hurt anyone.
Rather, reporters for the cable news giant are clearly relieved to hear that the suspect is a card-carrying, pro-Trump Republican. Commenting on this one-sided reporting, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh argued that CNN is more concerned with tying the attacks to President Donald Trump than with public safety and bringing the perpetrator to justice.
“They are trying to pass responsibility of this off to Donald Trump and then trying to get us to shut up in response and in opposition to it,” Limbaugh said. “We’re supposed to have sit here and say, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, had no.’ Until we know the facts…we can’t comment while they comment left and right and start ragging on Trump or his supporters or what have you, while we’re supposed to shirt and be polite and have good manners and not say anything about it.”
It’s no secret that the so-called “journalists” reporting for the cable news giant CNN have been crossing their fingers and hoping that mail bomber turns out to be a pro-Trump Republican. After Democrat politicians like former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were targeted, CNN headlines referred to the victims as “Trump critics” or “Trump targets,” insinuating a direct connection between the president and the attacks.
Job number one
The Democratic strategy is clear: make it appear that Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and combative nature drove Sayoc to commit these heinous acts.
“They’ve been running this all morning, the chyron graphic at the bottom, whatever else is on the screen, ‘Ten Packages Sent to Trump Targets,’ and then it lists the names,” Limbaugh said. “Trump targets! CNN’s preaching [that] we’re not to be talking about who did this because we don’t have the facts, and yet you think this is not telling us who they think did it?”
He continued: “Have you ever seen the media less interested in finding out who the perp is? … If you watch this carefully, you don’t see a lot of curiosity about that, just the fact that they can do banner headlines. ‘Trump Targets Receive Bombs,’ or whatever it is, is plenty enough for them…They’re dumbing everything down that they cover.”
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the same liberal politician who once directed her supporters to confront members of the Trump administration when they see them “in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station” is now saying that Trump is to blame for the packages sent to her office. She said that “in his own way,” the president “really does do a lot to promote violence.”
“I think the president of United States should take responsibility for the kind of violence that we are seeing for the first time in different ways,” Rep. Waters said. “I think the president of the United States has been dog-whistling to his constituency, making them believe that their problems are caused by those people over there. And I think they are acting in a way that they think the president wants them to do and the way he wants them to act.”
Disturbing double standard
Of course, when Republican Rep. Steve Scalise (LA) and other conservatives were shot by a crazed anti-Trump gunman who also happened to volunteer for one-time Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, comments were limited to prayers for the wounded and respect and admiration for Capitol Police who responded so quickly to the tragedy.
Responding to politically-motivated violence from a Democrat, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that “on days like today, there are no Democrats or Republicans, only Americans united in our hopes and prayers for the wounded.”
Apparently, this is not a universal sentiment.