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. If he were to speak at One World Trade Center (the Freedom Tower in New York City), Never-Trumpers would do a 180 and accuse him of being pro-Islamic Jihad. If he were to give an address at Pearl Harbor, the mainstream media would smear him as being nothing more than a sycophant of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito.
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 President Obama spoke to then Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and winkingly told him, “After the election, I’ll have more flexibility,” the mainstream media thought nothing of it. Yet, if Trump ate a bowl of borscht, the media would find it proof that he is a tool of Putin.