Last week, the media truly outdid themselves as they tried to make Americans believe that Donald Trump had called for Hillary Clinton’s assassination. So it is that spirit of “anything can mean anything you want it to” that we look at a comment Vice President Joe Biden made in his hometown of Scranton, Pa. on Monday.
Out on the stump for Hillary Clinton, Biden said that if his son, Beau, were still serving in Iraq, he would tell him that the danger had just gone up “a couple clicks” thanks to Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
Biden said that Trump was so reckless, that he would have urged his son to stay out of his administration’s military. “I would have thrown my body in front of him,” he said.
That remark has gone predictably unexamined, but just imagine how the media would react if one of Trump’s people said the same of a Hillary Clinton administration! Cries of sexism would echo throughout the walls of eternity as the Democratic Party rose up in manufactured outrage. We would hear calls for Trump to resign from the race and dedicate the rest of his life to volunteering at the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic. Only a monster would suggest that young men and women should think twice about serving under a female commander-in-chief!
But since Trump doesn’t have “the woman card” to fall back on, we’re just going to excuse Biden’s astounding comment as part of the usual political back-and-forth.
This is media bias made manifest.
Joe Biden may not like to admit it to himself, but there’s a very good chance that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. Here, the current vice president hasn’t just thrown a typical shot across the bow; he has lobbed a bomb that could undermine our national security in the coming years. When has a man – Republican or Democrat – in Biden’s position ever suggested that a presidential candidate’s administration would be, essentially, illegitimate? What should young Americans who are thinking about the armed forces make of this statement? The danger has gone up a “couple clicks,” all right.
Or maybe it’s not that big of a deal.
But hey, if hysterical overreaction is good for the goose…