MSNBC Finds a Way to Slam Trump for North Korea Meeting
Mainstream media had to strain themselves, before results were even in, to criticize the president for seeking peace
Leave it to the left-wing media to find reasons to attack President Donald Trump — and to praise North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
An MSNBC host on Monday actually posed the following question prior to the historic Trump-Kim Singapore summit: “Is it worth even worth bringing up that the president of the United States turns 72 this week?”
(Trump’s birthday is June 14.)
She went on to say, “We think that Kim Jong-un is 34 and is somebody who has been trained and come up in a dynastic situation. Does that give him necessarily an advantage here?”
That's right. The host, Chris Jansing, actually asked whether a lifelong businessman who has negotiated with people all around the globe for decades would be at a disadvantage when meeting face-to-face with the leader of a third-world dictatorship.
In theory, this would actually be the part of the job where Donald Trump's experience before he entered politics would give him an advantage over his predecessors, including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, who all served as governors, and Barack Obama, who served as a state senator in Illinois before becoming a senator.
Also, would MSNBC have posed that same question if Barack Obama were older when he were president and had been about to meet with a North Korean dictator? Better yet, what if 70-year-old Hillary Clinton were in the White House and meeting with Kim? Would the mainstream media have questioned her age? We all know the answers here.
The left-leaning media wouldn't even discuss the former secretary of state's seeming health problems during her run for the White House until they were forced to — because she collapsed in public in New York City.
That said, even Chris Hahn, a former aide to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, was perplexed by the question posed on MSNBC.
"I don't know where she was going with that," Hahn told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle" Monday night. "I've been a pundit for more than 20 years now and sometimes, you've just got to talk. She was just trying to make something happen on TV."
Ingraham pointed out the bigger issue: Regardless of what President Trump does, leftists will find something to nitpick about it.
"The elites on the Left want this president to fail," Ingraham said. "To hell with nuclear war. If they have to have nuclear war for Trump to fail, I think half of them would be OK with that."
Regardless of what MSNBC and other left-leaning outlets might say, Trump made history on Monday with the intention of creating peace in the Korean Peninsula, and it should not be hard to see a problem with that.
It all looks especially foolish, too, in light of the president's comments to Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that he believes North Korea will begin denuclearization "almost immediately."
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.