On Sunday’s State of the Union, left-wing CNN’s Jake Tapper hyped the narrative of Donald Trump’s electoral win inspiring racist and other bigoted acts across the nation. Focusing on stories of anti-black, racist, and pro-Trump graffiti implied to be the work of a pro-Trump vandal, CNN echoed a narrative pushed by similarly left-wing news outlets such as People, USA Today, BuzzFeed and TIME.
Tapper’s production team played a three-second clip--devoid of any context--implying that white students supporting Trump at a Pennsylvania high school shouted “white power.” In the video, it is unclear who is saying “white power.”
Speaking with former Hillary Clinton surrogate, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Tapper asked about “the fear” supposedly felt by “many Americans,” with a particular focus on Latinos.
“I’ve heard everything from kids afraid to go to school, because they’re not sure their parents will be home when they get there. I’ve heard some families talk about not going to work. I’ve heard some people afraid to walk the streets because they may look like they’re Muslim. I’ve heard everything, and there’s a great deal of apprehension. It’d be a great time, right now - this is prime time, now for Donald Trump - it’d be a great for him to get out there and say some words that would calm people to make sure that everyone feels comfortable going out, whether it’s to demonstrate civilly, or whether it’s to just go to school… because so much of his talk during the campaign was so harsh, and for many people frightening.”
Tapper also mostly ignored evidence of professional agitation connected to Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama deployed to Trump’s rallies to incite violence. He opted not to interview James O'Keefe following his long-term undercover investigation into the matter.