Every time President Trump gives a speech, it seems, the left-wing apparatus goes into overdrive to push back. Today’s CPAC speech prompted liberal responses on several fronts, one of which related to Paris. Trump was talking about immigration and national security. This is what he said:
At the same time, we fully understand that national security begins with border security; foreign terrorists will not be able to strike America if they cannot get into our country.
By the way, take a look at what’s happening in Europe, folks, take a look at what’s happening in Europe. I took a lot of heat on Sweden.
And then a day later, I said has anybody reported what’s going on? And it turned out that they didn’t — not too many of them did. Take a look at what happened in Sweden. I love Sweden, great country, great people, I love Sweden. But they understand. The people over there understand I’m right. Take a look at what’s happening in Sweden. Take a look at what’s happening in Germany. Take a look at what’s happened in France. Take a look at Nice and Paris.
I have a friend, he’s a very, very substantial guy. He loves the city of lights, he loves Paris. For years, every year during the summer, he would go to Paris, was automatic with his wife and his family. Hadn’t seen him in a while. And I said, Jim, let me ask you a question, how’s Paris doing? “Paris? I don’t go there anymore, Paris is no longer Paris.” That was four years — four or five years hasn’t gone there. He wouldn’t miss it for anything. Now he doesn’t even think in terms of going there.
Take a look at what’s happening to our world, folks. And we have to be smart. We have to be smart. We can’t let it happen to us.
So let me state this as clearly as I can, we are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.
Liberals have become hysterical over this riff, but typically, they don’t want to address Trump’s point. Do they deny that it is important to keep Islamic terrorists out of the U.S.? Actually, they put no priority on doing so, but they don’t want to admit this openly.
Instead, we see headlines like this from the Associated Press: “Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city.” This is stupid. Trump didn’t insult Paris. The AP reports:
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, France’s foreign minister and an American cinema luminary pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump for insulting the City of Light on Friday in a speech.
Hidalgo tweeted a photo of herself alongside Mickey Mouse and Minnie and said: “To @readDonaldTrump and his friend Jim, in @LaTour Effel we celebrate the dynamism and spirit of openness of Paris with Mickey and Minnie.”
In another tweet, with the hashtag #Donald&Jim, Hidalgo said American tourist reservations are up 30 percent in 2017 so far compared to last year.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault offered his own proof that Americans like not just Paris but all of France: “3.5 million Americans visited France in 2016,” he tweeted. “They will always be welcome.”
These French officials responded in an entirely appropriate manner. They want to promote tourism. But such boosterism doesn’t make Islamic terrorism go away.
The same thing happened when Trump talked about the problems Sweden has had with Islamic refugees. Not terrorism, in this case–not yet, anyway–but rather crime, welfare dependence and a lack of assimilation. The liberal media responded hysterically, as usual, pretending that Trump had erroneously referred to a terrorist attack, while stubbornly refusing to address the point he actually made about immigration.
But after the anti-Trump points have been made, liberal news outlets occasionally address reality, as the New York Times did in a reasonably objective piece, published today, headlined “Sweden, Nation of Open Arms, Debates Implications of Immigration.” Another headline might have been: “Donald Trump was right.”
There is a reason why the Sweden Democrats are rapidly growing into Sweden’s most popular political party, and in France, Marine Le Pen is one of the front runners for the presidency. Mass immigration from Islamic countries into Europe is not going swimmingly, and everyone knows it. Except, perhaps, liberal news outlets.