Media Hypocrisy Put On Full Display In Under 3 Minutes: ‘Dial Down The Rhetoric’

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

For months, media personalities and pundits have been blaming President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for the escalation of partisan animosity and even acts of violence — all while ramping up their own rhetoric, likening Trump to terrorists and Nazis.

Grabien media founder Tom Elliott put together a supercut of pundits, guests, hosts and even former party officials — primarily on CNN and MSNBC — dialing up their rhetoric while blaming Trump’s for the current political climate.

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Among the personalities who appeared in the clip — dialing up the rhetoric — were CNN anchor Don Lemon, GQ’s Julia Ioffe, actress Rosie O’Donnell, former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt and former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean.

Howard Dean appears on MSNBC./Screen Shot/Grabien

Howard Dean appears on MSNBC./Screen Shot/Grabien

The names they called President Trump were certainly unflattering:

  • Evil
  • Moral monster
  • Cult leader
  • Ignorant
  • Racist
  • Not minimally human
Rosie O'Donnell appears on MSNBC./Screen Shot/Grabien

Rosie O’Donnell appears on MSNBC./Screen Shot/Grabien

The things they said about his policies and rhetoric were even worse.

  • “This president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.” — Julia Ioffe
  • “The biggest threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right.” — Don Lemon
  • “He has delivered racism for these people. He has delivered misogyny for these people.” — Elie Mystal
  • “The same type of rhetoric, the same type of propaganda, that you would have seen in Germany in 1938.” — Steve Schmidt
  • “He obviously condones anti-semitism, obviously stokes up nationalist hatred.” — John Heileman
  • “What Trump does with the power that people give him is turn it to evil.” — Howard Dean

Multiple outlets — both on television and in print — have attempted to draw a straight line from the tone of President Trump’s rhetoric and tweets to specific acts of violence as well. (RELATED: Sarah Sander Fires Back At Washington Post For Tying Trump To Terror)

Most recently, that included the potentially explosive devices allegedly mailed by Cesar Sayoc to a number of prominent Democrats and the shooting that took place on Saturday inside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.

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