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Media’s Wall-To-Wall Coverage Of Trump ‘Bloodbath’ Comment Delivers Zero Context
TOPSHOT - Former US President and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump arrives at a watch party during the 2024 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 15, 2024. Trump told Americans Monday "it is time for our country to come together" after he won the Iowa caucuses, cementing his status as the likely Republican challenger to take on President Joe Biden in November's election. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Multiple media outlets, liberal pundits, and pretty much everyone who can’t stand former President Donald Trump engaged in a virtual feeding frenzy over the weekend, frothing at the mouth over his campaign rally comment promising a “bloodbath” if his 2024 presidential bid is unsuccessful.

Anyone reading the headlines published by a number of mainstream outlets might believe that Trump was not just predicting, but calling for, political violence if he were to lose another election.

  • The New York Times: Trump Says Some Migrants Are ‘Not People’ and Predicts a ‘Blood Bath’ if He Loses
  • The Guardian: Trump predicts ‘bloodbath’ if he loses election and claims ‘Biden beat Obama’
  • NBC News: Trump says there will be a ‘bloodbath’ if he loses the election
  • Politico: Trump says country faces ‘bloodbath’ if Biden wins in November
  • Rolling Stone: Trump Says There Will Be a ‘Bloodbath’ and Elections Will End if He Isn’t Reelected

President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign openly accused Trump of wanting another riot on Capitol Hill — a repeat of what happened on January 6th, 2021.

The campaign blasted Trump as a “loser” who “doubles down on his threats of political violence,” adding, “He wants another January 6.”

But while those outlets and others were only too happy to share that one cherry-picked line — Trump predicts ‘bloodbath’ if he loses in November — they were equally happy to leave out the fact that at the time, he was specifically talking about the automobile industry and the economic impact of a company owned by Communist China building cars in Mexico to avoid U.S. tariffs

Here’s the full context of the “bloodbath” comment, which he said was addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping:

Those big monster car manufacturing plants you are building in Mexico right now and you think you are going to get that — not hire Americans and you’re going to sell the car to us, no.

We’re going to put a 100% tariff on every single car that comes across the line, and you’re not going to be able to sell those guys if I get elected. Now, if I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a bloodbath for the whole – that’s gonna be the least of it. It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country. That’ll be the least of it.

The lack of context displayed by many media outlets did not go unnoticed, however, and some shared side-by-side comparisons of the mainstream media headlines and Trump’s actual words.

“We are witnessing the invention of the ‘bloodbath’ hoax in real time,” one captioned the comparison.

Grabien media founder Tom Elliott followed with a video supercut of liberal media pundits using the term “bloodbath” to describe everything from economic issues and Taylor Swift ticket snafus to midterm election results and the recent shake-up in leadership at the Republican National Committee.

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