First Lady Melania Trump spoke out on Friday to deny an anonymously-sourced report about President Donald Trump published by The Atlantic.
“.@TheAtlantic story is not true,” the first lady wrote on Twitter. “It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism – It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.”
President Donald Trump tweeted a response, writing, “Thank you to our wonderful First Lady!”
Thank you to our wonderful First Lady! https://t.co/NSrfVgvbMF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
Over the past four years, we have come to expect criticism of the mainstream media from President Trump. The first lady, on the other hand, doesn’t usually get involved in such things, which suggests that The Atlantic’s report must have been fairly egregious — and it is.
On Thursday, The Atlantic published a story claiming that President Trump, back in 2018, referred to the soldiers buried in a World War I cemetery as “suckers” and “losers.” In addition, The Atlantic claimed that Trump, at first, refused to visit the cemetery because the rain would ruin his hair.
The article was authored by Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, who claimed to have based it on the accounts of four anonymous sources.
Since the article’s release, however, numerous current and former Trump administration officials who were present during the alleged events, and now the first lady, have gone on record to dispute the claims. Among them is former national security adviser John Bolton, who, as we know, is not exactly a fan of the president these days.
“I was there,” Bolton said, and “I didn’t hear that.”
A real disinformation campaign
What The Atlantic is up to is pretty clear, namely, trying to hurt President Trump ahead of November. In a sense, it was a campaign ad for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Breitbart’s Joel Pollack noted that the article was published on Thursday evening, and, by Friday morning, Vote Vets, a left-wing group, had not only produced an ad based on the article but aired the ad on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
The article rapidly spread on social media, with no attempt on the part of these sites to try to stop the spread of this clear disinformation. And, then, on Friday morning, the Biden campaign capitalized on the buzz with a press conference in which the former vice president attacked Trump over the unconfirmed report.
It certainly must be nice to have the American press on your presidential campaign team. As Republicans, unfortunately, we are not privy to such advantages.