Accuracy in Media

Jeff Flake’s announcement he will not seek re-election to the Senate should be viewed as the makings of a trend of Republican politicians recognizing President Trump controls the party and its supporters, then either making their peace with that or getting out of public life.

Flake’s departure comes on the heels of the announcement from Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, another Republican who has long clashed with Trump. The announcement follows new signs of cooperation from senators, such as John Barrasso of Wyoming, whom former White House adviser Steve Bannon had targeted for a primary, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

But connecting the dots between two arch Trump foes leaving the Senate and Trump’s political strength increasing does not fit the narrative.

In a Washington Post story headlined, “’Dangerous,’ ‘utterly untruthful’: Two retiring GOP senators sound alarm on Trump,” Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Sean Sullivan, served the narrative.

“A pair of Republican senators sounded an alarm Tuesday about President Trump’s fitness for office and warned that his actions were degrading and dangerous to the country – an extraordinary breach that threatens his legislative agenda and further escalates the civil war tearing apart the Republican Party,” the story began.

There was the “emotional speech” on the Senate floor by Flake, “perhaps the most sweeping indictment of Trump delivered by a Republican to date,” in which he called Trump’s behavior “dangerous to our democracy.”

And how Flake spoke for 18 minutes “with bewilderment and sadness, his voice cracking at times, about what he viewed as the withering of morality and civility in the national dialogue.”

Then there was another dig from Corker, who “reignited a deeply personal feud with the president” by questioning the “president’s stability and competence.”

With those “distress calls,” Flake and Corker “joined a chorus of mainstream political leaders newly emboldened to excoriate Trump” that alluded to the George W. Bush speech that did not mention Trump and might not even have been about him and included serial Trump excoriators Barack Obama and John McCain.

The ex-presidents “warned of peril for the nation under his watch;” the would-be ex-president McCain “thundered about the rise of what he called ‘half-baked spurious nationalism.’”

It’s all part of another mainstream media narrative – that the Republican Party has been “riven by internal turmoil for nearly a decade.” This even though Republicans control the House, the Senate, the White House, 37 governors’ mansions, 68 of the 99 legislative bodies and total control of governments in 37 states – as opposed to five for Democrats.

This decade-long war was made worse by Trump and his anti-establishment forces bringing a “ferocious war” to the “party’s seasoned leaders.”

Then, in a throwaway sentence at the bottom of a paragraph two-thirds of the way through the story, the Post seems almost inadvertently to get at the heart of what is happening.

“Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Republican voters back Trump, and the fact that two of the president’s most vocal critics in the Senate are retiring underscores how dangerous it is for politicians seeking re-election to break with the president and risk the wrath of his loyal supporters.”

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  • That is why it is called the Washington Compost

  • samo war
  • TED

    GOP wingnuts have been working on judiciously destroying the Republican party since Big Mouth Gingrich sold the bill of goods known as “The Politics of Personal Destruction” to rank and file Republicans … generating uber-partisanship which was then magnified and perpetuated by the Tea Baggers … and finally capped by McConnell’s maniacal opposition to President Obama and his administration. The Trumpists are the moronic result!

    What these wingnuts have sown these past 25 years is now being reaped!

  • Gz7

    MAGA

  • NonPCconservative

    You have people on your side who think:
    1. math is racist
    2. speech is violence
    3. gender is based on feelings rather than biology
    4. illegal immigrants deserve sympathy and have all of the same rights as real Americans
    5. using a cross on a war memorial is “establishing” a religion
    6. Muslims are all peaceful and will behave once we give them good jobs
    7. Hillary was the best candidate to ever run for the presidency
    8. Barack Obama was a good president
    9. Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election even now that it
    is obvious that HRC had already been bought long before the campaign
    started.
    10. Trump supporters are all alt-right white supremacist fascist KKK members.
    11. that “politics of personal destruction” was invented by Newt Gingrich. Slick Willy invented that name for it when he was being held to account for committing perjury but got it wrong because he was proven to have done what was claimed. It originally came from the left with the nomination of Robert Bork to SCOTUS and was the tactic of making outlandish claims about a political foe. It’s kind of like saying the Republican candidate is worse than “Hitler” (see every election in the last forty years). The Republicans have a one word name for it, “Borking”.

    And you claim that we are the morons?? Get a mirror if you want to see a complete idiot.

  • Paul Anderson Ed.D.

    Speaking of the KKK: Democrat land owners and slave holders, organized the KKK. If there are any doubts, the National Archives holds the Historic Documents.
    There is little to no evidence that Marxist Democrats are speaking the truth, for that very reason, it’s imperative that we she’d some light on the truth. The Democrats are known for spreading “dis-information” through the media. Dis-information is intentially spreading lies, in contrast to mis-information, or un-intended error. The Soviets devised dis-information, the intential spreading of lie’s. This was their method of propaganda spreading, for the pupose of corrupting a culture. Search: Dis-information Soviet KGB.