Blame and deflection: Our new national pastime run amok


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Biden and Trump blame each other for their response to the pandemic

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Our politics now seem like a game of once massive and relentless blame games, our fingers getting tired from all fingers.

From Kabul to Covid, the script is pretty much the same: Liberals blame conservatives, Republicans blame Democrats, Biden World blames Trump World, and Twitter types don’t like everyone.


And then the distance—by former officials—is a high art in itself. Scott Gottlieb, who ran the FDA under President Trump, now tells “Face the Nation” (as he promotes his book) that “the White House was exercising different leadership” if “different leadership.” experimenting,” then the pandemic “would have been different.” Consistency was a big mistake” as well as failing to use the White House “as an effective bullying platform.”

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Speaking of coronavirus, we’ve spent months watching the current man and the former man blame each other for the pandemic’s response and handling of vaccines.

John of Breitbart has come up with Nolte a new argument:

“I am a staunch vaccine supporter and now believe that Biden, the media, Hollywood and the left, in general, are deliberately getting as bad as possible as a way of using reverse psychology against Trump supporters.

“They know the uglier they are, the more uneducated Trump supporters will dig in and deny vaccination. Well, I guess that’s the plan. They’ve been vaccinated. We’re not. The unvaccinated almost exclusively.” Are about to die. Who’s winning that debate? Who’s boss?”

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I’m not a fan of taunting unvaccinated people—even anti-vax ones who die of the disease—in that it does nothing to persuade others to take life-saving shots. But trying to kick Trump supporters out so they die? To put it diplomatically, it’s a stretch.

The new book “Peril” reveals that General Mark Milley held backchannel talks with China and reviewed the nuclear launch process with top Pentagon officials as he worried about Donald Trump’s mental stability. Milley, who felt his reputation took a hit under Trump, apparently tried to prove himself right by collaborating with the book. And Trump shrugged off Bob Woodward, naming the man “dumbass” and “idiot,” whom he named the chairman of the United Chiefs.

Woodward and co-writer Robert Costa defended Miley on “Good Morning America” ​​yesterday, with Costa saying the general was “reading people. While he was with the call.” [China’s] General Lee was put on a top-secret backchannel, they weren’t a secret. It wasn’t someone who was working in isolation…that crook was not going.”

Maybe. But what Milley did was secret from the rest of us and from Trump, which is why some conservatives are calling for his firing or trial for treason.

Just to complete the finger-pointing, Jen Psaki reassured reporters of President Biden’s confidence in Mille, saying repeatedly that Trump “incited an insurrection.”

When there were crises along the Texas border during the Trump years, the press went ballistic, and challenging the administration’s heartbreaking policy of separating families was certainly fair game. But every day was a story: whether to blame the president for the humanitarian disaster.

When Biden’s policies increased the rise of migrants, especially lonely minors, at the border, most of the media was, in fairness, quite hard on them. But now they seem to have moved on from that story.

When 14,000 migrants, many of them Haitian refugees, gathered in the city of Rio, Texas, the press covered it—but not as a Biden failure or a shock.

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Friday, The New York Times informed of On the upside, and factually, the sixth paragraph noted that Biden’s policies were “interpreted by many as a sign that the United States would be more welcoming of immigrants.” The piece later added that “Mr Biden’s term coincides with a sharp decline in Haiti’s political and economic stability.”

Yesterday, the Times ran a sympathetic article on Del Rio residents overwhelmed by the boom, originally noting that “all these tensions have turned the city into a political battleground, with residents opposing the Biden administration.”

Such profiling is a way to deflect blame, pure and simple, an approach that the media almost never took under Trump.

Nicki Minaj’s tweets were almost perfect case studies in finger-in-the-eye-pointing. First, the hip-hop star urged caution about the vaccine as, she tweeted, her cousin’s friend in Trinidad had swollen testicles, with zero evidence it was related to the Covid shot. Then Joy Reid of MSNBC reprimanded him for being irresponsible. Minaj then blasts Reed as a traitor to her race. Then the defenders said that the critics were trying to bully and silence Nicky. Just another day on Twitter.

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is a political figure who is quick to blame opponents and be reprimanded by her critics. The sophomore congresswoman may have little influence on Hill, but is smart enough to get people to discuss her.

So it was when she wore that white gown with “Tax the Rich” on the map at New York’s ultra-shiny Met Gala.

Supporters said he had dealt a symbolic blow to The People in that glamorous setting. Opponents called him a hypocrite for making friends with the wealthy themselves, many of whom pay relatively little in taxes.

But it turns out that the gown’s celebrity designer, Aurora James, has been in with 15 tax warrants for her company for failing to withhold income tax payments for employees. And when James didn’t resolve it, the IRS owed his agency more than $100,000.

Finally, someone whom we can all agree to blame.

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