You knew they were going to do this from the moment the first headlines appeared. The second Washington reporters saw that a Maryland newspaper office was the site for the latest American mass shooting, they would not be able to help themselves. Hell, some of them probably got a little shiver of thrill up their spine. Oh, this is it! This is our chance to really stick it to Donald Trump for his “war” against us! NOW we’ll prove that we were right all along, and that there’s some correlation between the president (rightly) calling us out when we print fake news against his administration and a violent uprising from his troglodyte supporters. We’re gonna nail this guy to the WALL!
Of course, as it turned out, the shooting at the Capital Gazette had absolutely nothing to do with President Trump or politics. Some idiot was pissed off at the paper because they ran an (apparently quite accurate) story about how he stalked a girl. Then he was even more incensed because he lost his lawsuit against the paper. Instead of taking the obvious next step and turning his life around so that he was no longer the kind of guy who winds up in the newspaper for his bad behavior, he chose to grab a shotgun and turn himself into an even worse person by killing five newspaper employees. Great job there, guy.
In any event, reporters did not wait for those pesky little facts to come in before casting their stones at the president. It began only minutes after the first reports came in, when White House press corps reporters shouted absurd questions at Trump as he boarded Marine One on the White House lawn.
“Mr. President, why do keep talking about enemies in the media?” yelled one moron.
“Mr. President, do you have any reaction to the shooting?” another asked. “Of course not.”
Yeah, well, perhaps if you weren’t tripping over yourselves to “win” some imaginary battle in your mind, he would have been more inclined to take your questions.
In a statement released on Twitter shortly after the shooting, President Trump wrote: “Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”
To which White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg replied: “You caused this, Mr. President.”
Without any shred of evidence whatsoever. But yeah, the president’s completely wrong when he talks about fake news. Sure he is.
Rob Cox, the global editor for Reuters, also got his two cents in before we learned that the shooting had nothing to do with Trump.
“This is what happens when Donald Trump calls journalists the enemy of the people,” wrote Cox. “Blood is on your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul.”
Sad to even say this, but you have to wonder: When we finally got the truth about this shooting later in the evening, were these virulently anti-Trump reporters relieved?