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There is perhaps no moment in Donald Trump’s presidency in which the media unnecessarily melted down more than in their coverage of President Trump’s Fourth of July “Salute to America” celebration. The event itself was a tribute to America’s military and the country’s history. It featured flyovers from all five branches of the military.
Joe Scarborough, occasionally, has a moment of clarity when it comes to the media’s hatred for President Trump. On a Thursday edition of Morning Joe, he said that referring to the event as reminiscent of “Tiananmen Square” and calling Trump a dictator is exactly what the President wants them to do. Normally the most outspoken of Trump critics in the media, the MSNBC host warned fellow journalists not to take the President’s “bait” (click “expand”):
SCARBOROUGH - LAUGHING - Listen - People - Bit
SCARBOROUGH [LAUGHING]: Listen to the people clapping. I'm sorry. This is just -- I've been talking a good bit about ground noise and the signal. Everything that was said about that Fourth of July event, everything about that Fourth of July event, ground noise. And now he's going to bring it back next year and his critics will be shocked and stunned and deeply saddened and we’ll talk about it for another three days and it will mean absolutely nothing.
WILLIE GEIST: …But he gets his opponents to go so far in the other direction, that he likes the fight. He gets people to actually say that this is like Tiananmen Square because he had a couple of tanks behind him making his speech. That’s ridiculous, it’s preposterous and he’s happy to bait him into doing that.
SCARBOROUGH - Couple - Tanks - Willie - People
SCARBOROUGH: A couple of old tanks. And, Willie, it gets people actually on his side saying, “Oh, so you hate people who wave the flag?” You know what, if he wants to have his little events, let him...
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