President Donald Trump posted a tweet Sunday acknowledging a meeting with New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, which prompted Sulzberger to explain that he accepted the invitation for a July 20 meeting to raise concerns about the president’s “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.”
The Times publisher said he told Trump his “inflammatory language” directed at the media “will lead to violence,” but Sulzberger’s concerns ring hollow to Ann Coulter.
“Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!” the president tweeted.
A short two hours later, Sulzberger answered with a five-paragraph statement.
“I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” Sulzberger said in the statement.
“I told him that although the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists ‘the enemy of the people,’” he continued. “I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”
The fact that the term “fake news” was mentioned is proof positive just how effective it has been for Trump.
Either way, Coulter is not crying tears for The Times.
“NYT publisher complains to
@realDonaldTrump about POTENTIAL violence agst journalists. NYT not interested in ACTUAL violence against Trump supporters,” she tweeted.
NYT publisher complains to @realDonaldTrump about POTENTIAL violence agst journalists. NYT not interested in ACTUAL violence against Trump supporters. pic.twitter.com/TRnnn73o3I
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 29, 2018
As for actual cases of violence, Brietbart News cited 538 examples in what the pro-Trump site called “open season on Trump supporters.”
While far from scientific and including numerous examples of non-violent behavior, the exhaustive list does accurately detail cases of real violence that garnered little, if any sympathy from the media.
The most recent example of Trump supporters being attacked occurred just last week in Hollywood when recording artist Joy Villa, who wore a “Make America Great Again” dress at the 2017 Grammys, showed up at Trump’s Hollywood star.
‘Hey, he’s a Marine!’ Fight breaks out at Trump’s Hollywood star when supporters show up to defend it https://t.co/kg55uu5MP4 pic.twitter.com/iOpvXBoE5E
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 27, 2018
One thing is certain, Coulter had plenty of supporters on social media. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
// And, of course, @NYT will blame @realDonaldTrump, both @Wapo and @NYT do present editorials and opinions as news… https://t.co/8jz3zohOox
— martin ruiz (@hlmartn) July 31, 2018
wtf? and they expect us to take them seriously!! https://t.co/4bQUHaqgdb
— Brian Bruhns (@bruhnsbd) July 30, 2018
Media a very big part of the problem ! https://t.co/5MDYbJ7031
— Mr. Archangle (@MrArchangle) July 30, 2018
I remembered it was that newspaper that existed before the @realDonaldTrump.@nytimes is #FakeNews!
— Marcelo BR ?? (@Marcelo77931223) July 30, 2018
The violence against TRUMP supporters is outrageous! Lefts favorite phrase against policy on immigration is “ this is not what America is”. So is spiting on , and harassing, & violence in restaurants against TRUMP supporters “what America is”?
— Brenda Marchant (@430summer) July 30, 2018
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