Sarah Sanders expressed frustration with the Washington Post after their front page featured a story blaming President Donald Trump for setting “the tone for the violence” in both the Pittsburg synagogue shooting and the attempted bombing of several leading Democrats.
The front page had two sections that drew her criticism. Above the fold, one of the Washington Post’s headlines read, “Trump, allies set the tone for the violence they denounce, critics say.” Below the fold, a headline read, “Bomb suspect found an inspiration in Trump.”
WashPost front page points at Trump in both of the weeks terror attacks. pic.twitter.com/UmoAkmPsvQ
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) October 28, 2018
Online, the Washington Post ran the following stories:
- “Trump doesn’t understand how anti-Semitism works. Neither do most Americans.”
- “The Trump Show: Recent violence reflects Trump’s rhetoric, even if it isn’t powered by it.”
- “Donald Trump and the ugly history of blaming Jews for the violence against them.”
- “How much responsibility does Trump bear for the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh?”
The Post did run an editorial by conservative Hugh Hewit that didn’t partly blame President Trump for the shooting.
But still, Sanders wasn’t happy with the Washington Post’s editorial decision to partially blame President Trump for the violence, claiming that the outlet is exploiting the tragedy to “attack” the president.
Is there any tragedy the Washington Post won’t exploit to attack President @realDonaldTrump? The evil act of anti-Semitism in Pittsburg was committed by a coward who hated President Trump because @POTUS is such an unapologetic defender of the Jewish community and state of Israel. https://t.co/0tCNpepC9k
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 28, 2018
Sanders pointed to several of President Trump’s pro-Israel accomplishments as a reason that anti-Semites do not support him, including the president’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
One Twitter user compared the disparity between the coverage of the Congressional baseball shooting and the attempted bombing of Democrats.
The gunman in the baseball shooting was a known supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the alleged bomber was a supporter of President Trump.
Stark difference in framing of these two pic.twitter.com/fsjmEpbHHz
— Eric Hartmane (@erichartmane) October 28, 2018
Picking at the scab of who is to blame for political violence probably won’t solve any of the underlying division that so many believe caused the violence in the first place and takes away the blame from the person who actually committed the heinous acts.
As Secretary of Defence James Mattis stated, “I’ve talked before about the loss of respect and fundamental friendliness toward one another but there’s one person responsible. This individual.”