During a livestream of George H.W. Bush’s services, a pair of reporters for ABC News made off-color jokes about what they imagined a future funeral for President Trump would look like.
The inappropriate commentary has elicited criticism for the tone-deaf commentary during an extremely solemn event in the passing of the 41st President of the United States.
ABC correspondents Terry Moran and Devin Dwyer concluded, without evidence, that the Bush funeral represented a rebuke of the current occupant in the White House. The media the last few days have been desperately providing answers in search of a question, trying to link Trump to President Bush’s funeral in any possible means to portray him in a negative light.
Fantasizing about Trump’s funeral
Moran and Dwyer fantasized about what a Trump funeral would entail, even joking over the grandeur and choreography of his future passing.
“Perhaps a recognition, in terms of his involvement in the proceedings by President Trump, that he someday will be getting a similar treatment when he passes as a former president of the United States,” Dwyer assessed.
Moran responded that there would “probably (be) a different tone in that funeral,” adding that the President is “going to choreograph it … So, there might be more trumpets and fanfare.”
“Yes, he would do it bigger, one would imagine,” Dwyer then joked.
To top the entire wildly inappropriate segment off, Moran then mocked Trump’s penchant for hyperbole saying, “It will be the best presidential funeral ever. No one will ever have seen anything like that funeral.”
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How deeply embedded the disease known as Trump Derangement Syndrome must be to turn coverage of a funeral for an honorable man into an opportunity to joke about the President of the United States.
It is the same mainstream media that has spent the last few days rightfully celebrating the civility and grace with which Bush lived his life, and lamenting how nice it would be for politicians to return to that era.
They love civility until they have a chance to attack Trump. Then they stick the figurative knife in his back at the first opportunity.
Critics are not amused
While the ABC reporters felt a funeral was a good time to make jokes, critics who watched the display were not amused.
Tim Young, an actual political comedian, noted that this kind of mockery highlights “the media outrage double standard where you can say basically anything you want about a Republican and get away with it.”
Media likes to project their fantasies about Trump’s death
ABC certainly isn’t the first news organization to openly fantasize about the death of President Trump.
Just two months ago, The New York Times published an article which fantasized about the Secret Service assassinating President Trump.
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An editor for a major newspaper in Germany said the best “way out of the Trump catastrophe” would be “murder in the White House.”
And just days into his presidency, CNN ran a segment about what would happen if President-elect Trump was killed before or during his inauguration, either by a terrorist attack or assassination attempt.
“What if an incoming president and his immediate successors were wiped out on day one?” Wolf Blitzer asked.
A contributor than explained the line of succession should an attack had blown up the inaugural dais, killing both Trump and Vice President Pence.
Will these people ever be well again, or is insanity brought on by Trump’s presidency a permanent affliction?