President Trump recently tweeted—as he is wont to do—that he is considering giving his Republican National Convention speech from the battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Commentators and Trump critics blasted the president—as they are wont to do—for the remark, claiming that if he did so it would be proof of his alleged support for the Confederacy.
The litany of fools included actor Rob Reiner who opined that if trump were to speak at Gettysburg, it would be to “celebrate” his “devotion to White Supremacy.” (Amusingly, Reiner himself is proof of the fallacy of White Supremacy, though he is unaware of this fact.) CNN’s Jeremy Diamond added that Trump speaking at Gettysburg “could be controversial” because “this is a president who has consistently positioned himself as a defender of Confederate symbols and monuments to Confederate generals.” Others have made similar statements.
Does no one know history anymore? Gettysburg was the site of the Union’s most pivotal, if costly, victory. It turned the tide of the war permanently in the Union’s favor. It was also the site of Lincoln’s famous address lauding the sacrifices of those soldiers and calling for the healing of the nation’s wounds. It is literally the last place on Earth one would go to “celebrate” devotion to White Supremacy or the Confederacy. In this Era of Insanity, this Age of Unreason, if Trump were to speak at Yorktown, he’d be labeled a British puppet.
But when politicians like Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speak to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and tells them to “raise hell” and “make people uncomfortable,” no one on the left accuses them of being pro-Islamic Jihad or anti-American. When then President Obama told then Russia President Dmitry Medvedev, “This is my last election. After my election I’ll have more flexibility” (to do what the Russians wanted him to do), the media gave him a pass. The Messiah couldn’t be a tool of the Russkies, could he?
People on the left love to talk about conspiracy theories on the right, such as Q-Anon, etc. But Trump Derangement Syndrome is so advanced some people actually think when the president holds an event on August 8th, it is in tribute to Hitler. (“H” is the 8th letter of the alphabet.) One observer in the Twitter-verse recently thought Melania Trump had newly arranged the hedge’s in The Rose Garden in a “K-K-K” pattern. These people are not well. But, of course, it is Trump’s fault.
As it happens, Trump will give the speech from the White House, a development that also sent his critics into a fit of hysteria.