Trump compares his impeachment to a “lynching”
Will the Wheeling Intelligencer finally criticize the president? Don’t bet on it.
Earlier today, the President tweeted:
So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2019
As I write this, there is considerable outrage at his remarks. So far, Senator Lindsay Graham has been Trump’s only defender.
Will the Intelligencer criticize him?
As a close follower of the editorial pages of our local “newspapers,” I doubt it – they have never written one critical word about Trump’s nativism, sexism, or racism.
What does the Intelligencer editorialize about?
I reviewed the last ten editorial pages of the Wheeling Intelligencer and here are the results:
• 14 dealt with Ohio subjects (a majority of these were about Steubenville/Jefferson County)
• 6 were about Wheeling and West Virginia subjects
That wasn’t surprising. For eight years, editorial criticism of the Obama administration was a near-daily event. Quite coincidentally, as Trump became president, the Intelligencer became a community newspaper which means most of our news and editorials are about Ohio.
What about the Intelligencer’s editorial cartoons?
• 4 cartoons attacked Lebron James and the NBA
• 3 attacked Democratic candidates for president
• 2 criticized the Democrat’s impeachment efforts
• 1 dealt with China
(Lebron James? Interesting. Wheeling is an NBA hotbed? Who knew?)
”Character counts”? Not anymore -- that was last week
From the White House:
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 15 through October 21, 2017, as National Character Counts Week
I am not making this up. Read the president's proclamation here.
Irony is not dead – it’s just that the Trump administration doesn't understand it.