Double Standard Personified!

Since “45” has been in office we have been bombarded, seeming daily, with one outrage after another.  I have become so “burned out” with these atrocities that I no longer feel the necessity to criticize him or to even refer to him by name.  What is bothering me now is the blatant double standard being applied by the media’s and congressional Republican’s response relative to the coverage of President Obama.

In July 2009, Dr. Louis Gates was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after objecting to being racially profiled for breaking into his own home.  President Obama, after admitting that he did not have all the facts and that he might be biased because Professor Gates was a friend, commented

“But I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 … that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

The media and the Republicans blew this up into a multiday catastrophe that resulted in the infamous “Beer Summit”.

Contrast this with today’s action by “45” who from the Oval Office, defended Fox News commentator, Bill O’Reilly who reportedly         has cost the network about $13M in sexual harassment claims from five women.  This action has precipitated barely a peep out of the news media and nothing that I have seen from the Republicans in congress.  We shouldn’t forget also that before the election a 2005 video tape emerged with “45” talking about grabbing women by their private parts.  Through all that he continued to be endorsed by most congressional Republicans and was elected president of the United States.

I dare say that if President Obama, or any major Democratic politician had done something like that, they would be hounded out of office.  Granted, there are so many incidents and they occur so often that it is difficult to focus on any one but that fact should be the source of outrage by the media and any responsible congressmen.

2 Replies to “Double Standard Personified!”

  1. Well said! How swiftly today’s stream of garbage from the Oval Office obscures our memory. Thanks for reminding us of the hypocritical double standard we have begun to tolerate. We should not do so. Trumpism should not be normalized.

  2. So true. Can you imagine if Obama had said something like this?

    “I like to think of myself as a very flexible person. I don’t have to have one specific way, and if the world changes, I go the same way. I don’t change ― well, I do change. And I am flexible.”*

    People would justifiably say he had no convictions (or brain cells).

    * Donald Trump, April 6, 2017

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