Democrats are still anguished over Hillary Clinton’s defeat at the polls, and that includes the Democrats at the Associated Press. Today’s complaint is that Donald Trump isn’t doing enough to unify the country: “On victory lap, few signs Trump focusing on unified nation.”
President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday was wrapping up his postelection victory tour, showing few signs of turning the page from his blustery campaign to focus on uniting a divided nation a month before his inauguration.
At each stop, the Republican has gloatingly recapped his Election Night triumph….
Remember the beginning of the Obama administration, when Obama said “I won,” and “elections have consequences”? And when the Democrats rammed Obamacare and the ill-fated “stimulus” bill through Congress with zero Republican input and zero Republican support? Remember how the AP criticized Obama for not doing more to “unite a divided nation”? No, I don’t remember that either.
…reignited some old political feuds while starting some new ones, and done [sic] little to quiet the hate-filled chants of “Lock her up!” directed at Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Hate-filled! A bit of editorializing there by the AP, along with the suggestion that Trump “did little to quiet” the chants.
The AP doesn’t like Trump’s appointments, either:
Also Saturday, he announced the nomination of South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his budget director, choosing a tea partyer and fiscal conservative with no experience assembling a government spending plan.
Sounds like a knuckle-dragger, right? And what is that shot about having “no experience assembling a government spending plan” supposed to mean? The only way Mulvaney could have that experience is if he had already been the budget director, or else served on the House Budget Committee.
Congressman Mulvaney’s web site describes his experience:
Mick attended Georgetown University where he graduated with honors in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance. After college, Mick attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his formal education at Harvard Business School’s OPM program in 2006.
Mick is a serial entrepreneur, having started four businesses. He has private sector experience across many fields, including law, real estate, homebuilding, and restaurants. …
He currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee as well as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He previously served on the Committee on Small Business and the Budget Committee.
So the AP is not just unfair, but dead wrong in characterizing Mulvaney’s experience. The AP’s smearing of Trump goes on and on:
In Pennsylvania, he launched into a 20-minute recap of his Election Night win. The crowd cheered as the president-elect slowly ticked off his victories state by state. He mixed in rambling criticisms of pundits and politicians from both parties.
It would be fun to search the AP’s archives to try to find an instance where that organization described Barack Obama as “rambling,” even though such a characterization would often be accurate.
Trump also thanked African-Americans who didn’t vote, saying “They didn’t come out to vote for Hillary. They didn’t come out. And that was a big — so thank you to the African-American community.” Such rhetoric raised new questions about his ability to unity [sic] the country.
I don’t think Trump has to worry about achieving unity with the Associated Press.