Forget barbecues and ballgames. It seems America’s new pastime, at least for conservative Trumplicans, will soon be Imagine If Trump. The rules of the game are simple: Anytime a Democrat utters a Joe Biden-esque gaffe or fails to answer a policy question, and the left-leaning legacy media give that person a pass, you follow it up with “Imagine if Trump…” It is a classic-in-the-making and a game the whole family can enjoy. Before you know it, you will learn just how biased the mainstream media has been against President Donald Trump from the moment he came down the escalator to the time he yells “sayonara” in 2025 – or 2041…
What’s in a Name?
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and billionaire Tom Steyer, while campaigning in Nevada, the home of the Feb. 22 caucuses that will avoid mirroring the fiasco in Iowa, the candidates sat down in separate interviews with Telemundo. They were asked if they could name Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador – or AMLO.
When pressed, Klobuchar said, “No,” and Steyer replied that he “forgot.” Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the only person who could correctly name the Mexican leader in his interview.
Imagine if Trump were asked a similar question and responded that he did not know AMLO’s name. The punditry class would complain about his dearth of foreign policy knowledge and his paucity of diplomatic experience. The media would have wall-to-wall coverage of the blunder and chyrons of “Trump Stumped on Mexican President’s Name” and “Trump: An International Embarrassment?”
So far, the incident has gotten coverage, but the reportage has been subdued. The typical article has a couple of hundred words, which would pale in comparison to the novels The New York Times or CNN’s Chris Cillizza would pen if it were Trump.
Nevada Is the New New Hampshire
Following the New Hampshire primary, former Vice President Joe Biden fled to South Carolina, where he is desperately seeking a victory after poor showings in the Hawkeye State and the Granite State. As the results were pouring in, he told a group of supporters, “It’s important that Iowa and Nevada have spoken.” He meant New Hampshire instead of Nevada (we think?), and this error can be inserted into his repertoire of gaffes this primary season.
Imagine if Trump were to make the same mistake. Analysts would be handwringing on the airwaves, and opinion writers would produce extensive newspaper articles questioning his mental fitness for office. His opponents would poke fun and accuse the man of being an imbecile because he confused the two states in a speech.
When President Trump congratulated the Kansas City Chiefs for winning the Super Bowl, he ostensibly tweeted the wrong state – Kansas rather than Missouri. CNN’s Cillizza even had this headline: “Why Donald Trump’s ‘Kansas’ mistake absolutely matters.” The media were quiet when President Barack Obama said he visited “57 states,” defending the comment on fatigue.
Yo No Se
Buttigieg recently appeared at a League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) town hall in Las Vegas, NV. In a blatant pandering attempt, Buttigieg put in a few Spanish words before giving up and returning to English. The blunder did not capture much press attention, except in the conservative blogosphere as the right quipped about the South Bend figure’s malfunctioning.
Imagine if Trump spoke Spanish and then immediately erred. Talking heads would immediately mock the president and say that he not only insulted people who speak the language but also sounded a dog-whistle to white supremacists everywhere. MSNBC would slip into a conspiratorial panic and claim that he is trying to exterminate Latinos, akin to what Nicolle Wallace stated last summer.
Thankfully, Trump has spoken only a few words of Spanish in his political career: silencio, perfecto, and loco.
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) putrid results in the early primary season have surprised a lot of pollsters and pundits. Many are declaring the end to her presidential hopes and dreams. While these calls are likely premature since there are plenty of contests left, the senator has tried to reassure everyone that she is echoing David Farragut’s order of “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
To show how she is still competing in the race, Warren revealed to MSNBC a tale that was meant to tug at the heartstrings of emotional Democratic voters and donors. She told the cable news channel:
“A young girl came up to me tonight and said, ‘I’m a broke college student with a lot of student loan debt. I checked and I have $6 in the bank—so I just gave $3 to keep you in this fight.’ We’re staying in this fight for the people who are counting on us.”
It seems like one of those politician “stories” that probably did not happen. If it did, it is a horrific look for the former top-tier contender. Think about it: Warren is a multimillionaire who accepted half an indebted kid’s life savings. The story was met with mockery, so Warren better hope it was a fib!
Imagine if Trump took half of what was left inside a young contributor’s wallet. The media would probably report that it is symbolic of his policies that take from the poor and bankrupt the next generation. Prominent members of the press would stand on their soapboxes, highlight their moral indignation, and shriek about Trump’s disrespect of the common man.
The Drinking Game
Sure, Imagine If Trump is a free game to enjoy, but there are unfortunate side effects. The major drawback is the threat of losing your sanity because you will need to delve into the toxic world of mainstream journalism. For several hours, you listen to analysts contradict themselves on cable news, read correspondents’ hypocritical tweets, and peruse experts’ omissive newspaper op-eds. By the end of it, you might need to complement the pastime with another classic gem: The Drinking Game!
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