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Klavan: Media Uses Bush Funeral To Attack Trump

President George H.W. Bush's funeral was conducted with the dignity and grace that honored that of the former president, so naturally the media extended that same dignity to the funeral's coverage, right? Well, not quite. Bestselling author and Daily Wire podcast host Andrew Klavan pointed out Thursday how the Bush family's handling of the somber occasion contrasted sharply with that of the media, who insisted on using it as a way to shamelessly bash Donald Trump whenever they could.

"There’s this narrative going around that the funeral and the tributes to the grace and dignity of President George H.W. Bush were an inherent rebuke to Trump, who obviously is a rough neck and has this boorish style," Klavan said. "But I think the true narrative is exactly the opposite of that. I think that the Bushes had a very graceful funeral in which they included President Trump, President Trump behaved very well, and in doing that, it isolated the only group of people in the country who cannot put their rage and bile away for even a single day. Namely, the media."

To illustrate his point, Klavan then played a clip of MSNBC anchor Peter Baker’s comments on the funeral.

"It was I think a moment for Washington to pause and reflect on the way things have gone lately," said Baker. "You saw the President of the United States, President Trump, sitting there watching all this. Not given a role to speak, pretty unusual for an incumbent President. At times seemed to be a little defiant. He held his hands up, arms up like this, as if he wasn’t quite happy with what he was hearing. But otherwise kept quiet. Decided not to make any remarks to spoil the occasion. So, you know, it was a coming together for Washington I think."

"So, he’s reading his mind first of all," Klavan joked. "He’s reading his body language. He says he kept quiet and didn’t make any remarks to spoil the occasion. But you know who didn’t do that? You! It’s the media that just couldn’t do it. They could not leave him alone."

After playing a clip of CNN analyst John Avlon claiming some of the speeches were subtle digs at Trump, Klavan responded, "Boy oh boy oh boy. You know, when you read somebody else’s mind, you’re usually reading your own mind."

He continued, "I mean, zip it up a little bit. This was the stuff that really was, really disturbing the fact that they couldn’t stop talking about Trump. That they saw everything as a rebuke to Trump, anything good that anybody said about President Bush. That was not the spirit of the place. It was really quite amazing."

Video and transcript below:

There’s this narrative going around that the funeral and the tributes to the grace and dignity of President George H.W. Bush were an inherent rebuke to Trump, who obviously is a rough neck and has this boorish style. But I think the true narrative is exactly the opposite of that. I think that the Bushes had a very graceful funeral in which they included President Trump, President Trump behaved very well, and in doing that, it isolated the only group of people in the country who cannot put their rage and bile away for even a single day. Namely, the media.

They could not stop talking about Donald Trump and comparing everything and anything that anybody said good about George H.W. Bush to Donald Trump. One of my favorites came from MSNBC, and I try not to pick on MSNBC because they’re openly liberal, but this was just so interesting because they just couldn’t help themselves.

This was Peter Baker at MSNBC:

“It was I think a moment for Washington to pause and reflect on the way things have gone lately. You saw the President of the United States, President Trump, sitting there watching all this. Not given a role to speak, pretty unusual for an incumbent President. At times seemed to be a little defiant. He held his hands up, arms up like this, as if he wasn’t quite happy with what he was hearing. But otherwise kept quiet. Decided not to make any remarks to spoil the occasion. So, you know, it was a coming together for Washington I think.”

So, he’s reading his mind first of all. He’s reading his body language. He says he kept quiet and didn’t make any remarks to spoil the occasion. But you know who didn’t do that? You! It’s the media that just couldn’t do it. They could not leave him alone. And the other guy was John Avlon, who is at CNN, and he was a speech writer. And, here’s the thing, of course you go to a funeral of a man, and they’re going to talk about his good qualities, right? And they’re going to talk also about the fact that this man, that he was graceful and dignified and all this stuff. Now, you can look at that as a rebuke to President Trump, who’s not graceful and not dignified, it’s true, but you can not do that too. It’s you who impose that message…. You saw Peter Baker who’s reading the mind of Donald Trump. John Avlon is reading the minds of the speech makers, thinking that their tributes are obviously attacks on Trump.

John Avlon: “The clips that we just played for Meacham and Mulroney were not an accident. That was an implicit diss at the current president. And it’s because the contrast between the two men. And, you know, you make choices when you write speeches. And when you talk about how all the leaders of the world understood they were dealing with a true gentleman, that’s one thing this president has rarely been accused of. And I’ll also say that I don’t think you want to give out too many medals for not screwing up a presidential funeral. The President was on his best behavior this week but that’s a fairly low bar.”

Boy oh boy oh boy. You know, when you read somebody else’s mind, you’re usually reading your own mind. That’s what you got from Avlon. This insufferable, “we’re not going to give him any medals!” Let me ask you this, if Trump doesn’t get any medal for being graceful at this funeral, what does John Avlon get for not being able to take the time of this funeral off for just a few minutes and put a sock in it, you know? I mean, zip it up a little bit. This was the stuff that really was, really disturbing the fact that they couldn’t stop talking about Trump. That they saw everything as a rebuke to Trump, anything good that anybody said about President Bush. That was not the spirit of the place. It was really quite amazing.

 
 
 

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