Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume told “Fox News @ Night” on Monday that mainstream media criticism of President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech “could be a turning point” for the president. if “it makes good sense to respond effectively.”
The mainstream media leaned back to paint Trump’s Mount Rushmore Friday night speech as dark and divisive, while the polarizing speech was lauded by conservatives and Trump supporters alike.
All members of the liberal media used similar rhetoric in condemning the president’s comments.
The New York Times called the speech “dark and divisive,” reporting that it launched “Trump’s effort to win a second term as a battle against a ‘new far-left fascism’ that seeks to eliminate the nation’s values and history. “
The Washington Post reported that Trump “delivered a dark speech before Independence Day in which he tried to exploit the racial and social divisions of the nation.” A quick search for the term “dark and divisive” on Twitter shows that liberal experts ranging from CNN’s Brian Stelter to NBC News’s Claire McCaskill used the same adjectives to describe Trump’s speech.
The Los Angeles Times said the president used the July 4 celebration to “stoke a culture war.”
During his speech at Mount Rushmore, Trump called on Americans to abide by the principles of our Founding Fathers while calling on those on the left who are cultivating what he calls a cultural revolution.
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“There is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute loyalty. If he does not speak his language, perform his rituals, recite his mantras and follow his commandments, then he will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished, “said Trump.
One of the Democrats who ran to join Joe Biden on the 2020 party presidential ticket, Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Weighed in on Trump’s speech speaking on CNN.
“Remember that the President on Mount Rushmore was standing on land stolen from Native Americans who had been given that land during a treaty,” said Duckworth.
“I don’t think the public is on the side of these editorial writers and people like Tammy Duckworth,” Hume said Monday. “I think the public would like to see it uphold America’s tradition and heroes and history.”
Anchor Shannon Bream pointed to a Duckworth tweet in July 2015 in which she wrote: “I just covered myself with Stars & Stripes. Next year I go like the bush. Rushmore. “
Bream later noted that Mount Rushmore “is no longer fashionable and neither was the president’s speech.”
“And apparently neither are the values and traditions of this country, which is what the president spent most of his speech defending in a very sincere way and with all his throat,” said Hume.
He went on to say that what critics have been saying about the speech “is completely puzzling.”
“He never spoke of living or dead traitors,” Hume explained. “He doesn’t mention the Confederates, although there are some who claim he did.”
“And part of the news coverage of the speech, with opinions expressed in the story, is almost as strong at least, as those on the editorial pages, was something I don’t think I’ve seen before,” he said. continued.
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Hume added: “I have rarely seen such biased and misleading coverage and such an outlandish reaction to this from what I saw this weekend.”
Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.