The mainstream media’s blatant double-standard was on full-display this week, with the same networks who vehemently praised Barack Obama’s 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden trashing President Trump’s operation that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“The guy would be on Mount Rushmore if W. had done this. They’d be carving the stone tonight, right?” said MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on bin Laden’s death.
“There’s a difference between being cold blooded- I think presidents have to be cold blooded- and being a sadist,” he added. “I was referring to Cheney, of course.”
“The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaeda. I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment,” stated then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“It took close to ten years, but the world’s most wanted terrorist has finally met his deserved fate. New York’s heart is still broken from the tragedy of 9/11, but this at least brings some measure of closure and consolation to the victims and their families,” said Sen. Schumer.
More than eight years later, leading Democrats and members of the press found every opportunity to attack President Trump’s decision to take-out ISIS mastermind al-Baghdadi.
“In creating spectacle around Baghdadi’s death, Trump departs from Obama’s more measured tone on bin Laden,” reports the Washington Post. “Trump’s 50-minute performance in the Diplomatic Reception Room was marked by the overt showmanship, blunt language and airing of personal gripes that have defined an approach he once dubbed ‘modern-day presidential.’”
“The Russians, but not top Congressional Leadership, were notified in advance, and on the Administration’s overall strategy in the region. Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington,” said Pelosi over the weekend.
“It’s not the end of ISIS by any means… We’ve had some recent setbacks, that struggle is going to have to go on, but it’s been made more difficult because we’ve betrayed the Kurds and withdrawn our forces from parts of Syria,” added Rep. Adam Schiff.
Notably quiet on the news of al-Baghdadi’s death is Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, who said in 2012, “Bin Laden is dead, General Motors is alive.”
Read the Washington Post’s reaction to Trump’s ISIS raid here.