Vice President Mike Pence responded to one of the most dishonest and loaded questions a journalist could pose, in a joint press conference with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.
The reporter misrepresented multiple statements issued by President Trump condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virgina, in an attempt to sow division in the top levels of the Trump administration. However, Pence would not take the bait. “The President has been clear on this tragedy, and so have I,” Pence said, “I stand with my President.”
“We are also praying, that in America, we will not allow the few to divide the many,” Pence concluded, perhaps pointing blame on the mainstream media for using the tragedy in Charlottesville to sow division.
This event lends credence to the notion that the mainstream media can no longer be trusted to report truthfully. As was evidenced by this reporter’s question, the majority of “journalists” employed by the mainstream media find it acceptable to manipulate even the basis of the questions they ask to advance a false-narrative which promotes an ideological agenda.
“Do you agree with the President that there were ‘good people’ among the white supremacist protestors?” asked the journalist. “Or do you agree with the President that the Confederate General Robert E. Lee should be considered in the same pantheon as George Washington?”
In light of the fact that Trump did not make such statements, it appears the journalist misrepresented his words in the hopes of catching Vice President Pence off guard.
In reality, Trump said that some of the people protesting the removal of a historic statue were not part of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who were also protesting.
“And you had people, and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists because they should be condemned totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists,” Trump said, according to CNN.
This is antithetical to reporter’s claim that Trump was praising the white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
Trump asked when the politically correct attempt to sanitize US history would end. “So this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down,” Trump said at a conference. “I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you all — you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
Clearly, Trump was not making an attempt to equate Robert E. Lee and George Washington. Instead, he appeared to be expressing fears that George Washington will be the next target of these far-left cultists. And there’s evidence to validate those fears.
The Daily Mail reports on a burgeoning movement in Chicago dedicated to stripping the names of Andrew Jackson and George Washington from any public site because they both owned slaves. The movement has made a formal request to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel demanding the removal of a statue of George Washington from a park that also bears his name.
Despite attempts from the media to foist blame on Trump, the heightened display of division is purely the result of a biased media. Questions like the ones posed by this reporter erode national unity more than any statement uttered by President Trump condemning political violence on “both sides.”