Accuracy in Media

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough claimed that “Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could.”

His comments come in a Washington Post opinion piece in which Scarborough accuses President Trump of doing worse damage to the United States than radical terrorists.

But Scarborough offered no consideration of the president’s accomplishments and lacks perspective on what Trump is doing to rebuild and regain America’s standing in the world.

President Trump’s Republican Party will create more debt in one year than was generated in the first 200 years of America’s existence,” Scarborough writes. “And while the United States has been mired in endless wars and bloody occupations over the past 17 years, China has used that same period to aggressively develop economic partnerships across Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Perhaps that is one reason China will soon overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy.”

Scarborough takes no blame for his part as a former Republican member of Congress. He also didn’t mention that Trump scolded Congress after they sent him a bill that increased deficits, saying he was signing this time because it rebuilt our military but wouldn’t sign the next one.

Scarborough also fails to mention that it is Trump, after decades of failure by his predecessors, who is finally standing up to China for its intellectual property theft and years of tariffs that are far more punitive on the United States than vice versa.

“For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image,” Scarborough writes.

“As the New York Times’s Roger Cohen wrote the month after Trump’s election, ‘America is an idea. Strip freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law from what the United States represents to the world and America itself is gutted.’”

Scarborough is interested in the shallow concept of “image” rather than true substance — the substance shown in how Trump, for example, has stood up to the terrorist-bankrolling regime of Iran, punished the Syrian regime for chemical attacks, forced NATO nations to shoulder more of their agreed-upon defense burden and began the process of rebuilding the Polish missile defense system as a counter to Russia (and offered a full-throated defense of freedom and American values during a powerful speech in Poland).

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