As the US election season is storming towards its conclusion, some of the repeated patterns are becoming increasingly discernible.
It all usually begins with the offhand comment by Donald Trump during a rally. And then the dams of controversy break. The liberal media howls in outrage. The Clinton campaign issues a retort. The Trump campaign offers a clarification. There’s a raging Twitter storm. Social media gets busy making new memes. The controversy dies down in a few days. And then it’s business as usual.
The recent remarks by the Republican nominee about the “Second Amendment people” had all the makings of a classic Trump controversy. Let’s put this to the test. Overblown reaction by the liberal media that the world is coming to an end? Check. Clinton campaign’s frantic scramble to gain the moral upper ground? Check. Social media warriors out to register their protest in 140 characters or less? Check. The Republican Party’s nervousness about the outspoken nature of their own candidate? Check.
By all standards, it fulfils all the qualifications of what seems to be the routine this election season. The media tends to skip the critical issue under discussion and always manage to find a singular way to try to discredit Trump as a serious contender for the presidency.
And this time, the liberal media didn’t even need a reason to launch an attack. At a recent rally, while speaking about Hillary Clinton’s potential involvement in the selection of Supreme Court justices, Trump said this:
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although (with) the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
The media, the Clinton campaign, and the social media warriors were quick to interpret the comment as a call from Trump for gun owners to assassinate Clinton. This doesn’t even make sense! Does the media believe that all the people who believe in the Second Amendment own guns? Or is it that the liberals think all those who own guns are waiting for Trump’s order to commit a crime? It’s clear from the huge overreaction to Trump’s comment that, in their haste to discredit Trump, the media is willing to lose its own credibility.