On Friday morning, President Joe Biden repeatedly fell up the steps of Air Drive One at Andrews Air Drive Base and virtually instantly, comparisons ensued as conservatives and Republicans recalled the liberal media’s wall-to-wall protection of then-President Trump holding of a water glass and strolling slowly down a ramp on the June 13, 2020 West Level graduation.
For CNN and MSNBC, the ordeal was handled just like the twenty first century’s Zapruder movie. A NewsBusters evaluation has discovered that CNN and MSNBC spent a heaping 50 minutes and 55 seconds (excluding teases) on June 15 reveling within the ordeal as an indication of Trump’s supposed psychological and bodily decline that needed to be additional investigated.
Excluding teases, CNN talked about it on seven reveals for a complete of twenty-two minutes and 13 seconds. By no means Trumper David Frum began it off on New Day when he mentioned it was proof of his “bodily decline,” which led co-host Alisyn Camerota to later helm a full phase that marvel if there was “one thing, presumably neurological” mistaken with Trump
Dr. Sanjay Gupta repeatedly mentioned he wasn’t going to take a position, however he did simply that as he puzzled if there’s “stability issues” or “numbness in his ft” as a result of there’s “a lot of unknowns” about Trump’s well being. Later within the day, he referred to as the ordeal a part of a “regarding” sample relating to his well-being.
The New York Instances’s Maggie Haberman fueled the fireplace, hyping that “there are a whole lot of questions across the President’s bodily health” which might be totally “professional.”
Inside Politics host John King touted it just a few hours later, telling political correspondent Abby Phillip that Trump “regarded a giant shaky” in an indication of “stability points,” main Phillip to answer that Trump has lacked an “capacity to form of convey data precisely” and so it’s honest sport to marvel.
Different offenders included Jim Acosta, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, and Kaitlan Collins, however probably the most hilarious character was none apart from human meme Chris Cillizza, whom Brianna Keilar introduced on so he might hawk his CNN.com piece “Why the Donald Trump-West Level ramp story really issues.”
Keilar mentioned Trump was “dealing with some new questions on his well being” and, for his half, Cillizza cited Trump’s age and the way we “know so little about Donald Trump’s previous medical historical past.”
As for probably the most deranged CNN pontificator, medical contributor Dr. Jonathan Reiner dominated West Level was proof that Trump’s “speech” had “turn into very, very gradual as if he’s struggling to learn,” his “lack of hand energy” was “very, very uncommon,” and his gait was “virtually feeble.”
Reiner appeared just a few hours later with CNN Tonight host Don Lemon the place, unsurprisingly, the hypothesis continued (click on “increase,” emphasis mine):
LEMON: For years, the President has used assaults on his opponents, his opponent’s well being, unfounded in opposition to them. Bear in mind the entire Hillary Clinton factor? It’s — apparently, she was on her loss of life mattress, not true. However now questions are raised concerning the President’s well being. So, check out this. He walks slowly and cautiously down a ramp at West Level on Saturday and wanted two fingers to regular a glass of water. Do not forget that? The President tweeting: “The ramp that I descended after my West Level Graduation speech was very lengthy & steep, had no handrail and, most significantly, it was very slippery. The very last thing I used to be going to do is ‘fall’ for the pretend information to have enjoyable with.” Nicely, it definitely wouldn’t be a laughing matter if the President ever fell. And he did flip 74, 74 years previous this weekend. Individuals have each cause to query his well being however strolling down a ramp, holding a rail, in all probability no problem, however now you understand how it feels, do not you? What goes round comes round.
LEMON: The President is defending himself over his cautious stroll down a ramp at West Level — on the West Level commencement however he’s solely placing questions over his bodily situation again into the highlight….Physician, I needed to be trustworthy. I do not need to do the identical factor to the President that he and his ilk did to Hillary Clinton. It might be a slippery ramp, it might be steep. It couldn’t have been steps. Who is aware of? I imply, I’ve walked down ramps like that. However perhaps it was excessive protection or I do not know what’s going on, however he appeared actually defensive about it. He tweeted out a protection of his regular, saying that, you already know, the ramp was slippery. It’s a clear day. I do not know. However what do you suppose?
REINER: Hello, Don. After I noticed the tape from West Level, there have been three issues that caught my eye. To start with, his speech is terrible. He has actually slowed down. It virtually appears like he’s having problem studying the teleprompter and his tone has turn into this actually hanging monotone. Like he’s actually struggling to learn. The second factor that was odd was — was when he paused for a second to get a sip of water and he struggled to lift his proper hand to his mouth and it virtually appears like he nearly will get the glass to his mouth, form of fails to try this after which he reaches together with his left hand to form of help the glass as much as his mouth. Very, very unusual. After which there was the very, very gradual stroll down — down the ramp. I do not know what’s going on with the President and that’s simply the issue. We do not know of the President’s medical standing.
One way or the other, there was nonetheless loads of tin foil to go round on MSNBC with 5 reveals spending 28 minutes and 42 seconds enjoying physician and psychiatrist. MSNBC began even earlier with the hypothesis because the 5:00 a.m. Jap hour present First Look host Yasmin Vossoughian mentioned Trump’s 74th birthday and West Level go to have been “mentioning new questions of his well being.”
Vossoughian dismissed Trump’s declare that the ramp was “slippery,” arguing “[t]his shouldn’t be the primary time he is had problem strolling down ramps.”
Morning Joe gave it almost 4 minutes (after which replayed most of it two hours later) and took nice delight. Co-host Mika Brzezinski mentioned Trump’s tackle “sparked some considerations concerning the President’s personal well being” whereas husband Joe Scarborough huffed about Trump’s how “photographs like this and even his talking capacity, or lack thereof…undercuts their argument that Biden is an doddering previous man.”
The Related Press’s Jonathan Lemire went all in on Trump as a President on the ropes: “[T]he matter of a President’s well being is of nice significance to the American public and there have been questions on among the data reported in President Trump’s earlier physicals.”
He added: “When it comes to the politics of this, the Trump marketing campaign for months now has been attempting to counsel that Joe Biden was not up for the job….It’s completely more durable to make the case after we see video like this the place the President himself is having momentarily stumbles, momentary lapses, and, you already know, appears, straining for a phrase or no matter it is likely to be.”
Perpetually fixated on Trump, Deadline: White Home spent a whopping 12 minutes and 34 seconds attempting to will into existence a sickened forty fifth President.
With Lyin’ Brian Williams and alongside host Nicolle Wallace, their panel had lots to say in attempting to show over each nook and cranny in quest of what it meant for Trump’s capacity to remain in workplace (click on “increase,” emphasis mine):
WILLIAMS: The President’s well being was already referred to as into query this previous weekend when he was seen on video cautiously strolling down a ramp after delivering a graduation tackle at West Level. In equity, he has at all times had points with descending stairs and ramps. The President additionally appeared to wrestle to take a one-handed sip of water through the speech. As you possibly can see, he appeared to want each fingers to achieve the glass to his mouth and for the report, as a Google picture search will inform you, he typically makes use of each fingers to drink liquids.
TIM O’BRIEN: [V]anity and his inadequacies typically overwhelm different vital discussions and clearly what’s been raised as properly on this deal with his well being and whether or not he is impaired is that we’ve by no means had lot of transparency round President Trump releasing his medal data or his docs talking in a fulsome and significant method about his well being.
WILLIAMS: Tim O’Brien, again to the — again to the incumbent, a couple of West Level grad final evening on social media simply could not assist it…And this specific USMA grad thanked the President for his braveness in coping with the — the slippery ramp.
WALLACE: Till he tweeted — it was very slippery on a day in New York with no rain or wetness or — or, you already know, mist or fog within the air, I am undecided it was a narrative, however there he was, the video’s up now, struggling, he takes one step together with his left foot after which the best foot comes and meets the left foot. And appears to stroll with nice problem, however till he tweeted about it, I am undecided it will have warranted a narrative in The New York Instances and The Washington Put up print editions at the moment.
PHILIP RUCKER: [T]he climate there was sunny, heat, the grass was completely dry, so I am undecided what he glided by slippery on the ramp. I imply, all of us noticed the footage, he did run for the ultimate ten ft, however, you already know, nonetheless, he was so bothered, I feel, by the criticism on Twitter of that video, particularly by the Republican operatives like George Conway and others with the Lincoln Undertaking who’ve actually gotten below the President’s pores and skin, that he took it upon himself to supply that rationalization, which was not totally in step with the info and the truth that all of us noticed with our personal eyes. So, that is what turned the information story a day later.
WALLACE: And this is why it issues. I labored for a President who needed to temporary out common examines, none of its dignified when you’ve got an endoscopy or colonoscopy or a physician has to exit and browse out all of the gory particulars….The American folks have at all times, till this level, had a proper to learn about a President’s well being. This President had a mysterious go to to a hospital and Brian and I have been speaking within the final block about simply how intensive the well being care choices are for employees on the White Home. You may get vaccinated, you may get a checkup, you may get counseling companies, you may get a whole lot of drugs performed on the white home as a staffer, so it’s important to think about there’s much more out there to Donald Trump. Are any theories about why he went to the hospital earlier this yr and any connection between his wrestle to carry a water glass with one hand and that stroll down the ramp?
RUCKER: Yeah, Nicolle, there are many theories and I am not a medical skilled nor do I’ve specific perception into Donald Trump’s medical historical past, so, I am not going to advance any of these theories, however there are a whole lot of questions that the White Home has not answered about that journey to Walter Reed.
RICHARD STENGEL: I — I do not even know what to say concerning the water glass and — however no, he has no empathy. He has no conscience. He has no feeling for the American public and what ails folks, about what bothers them. , we have now at all times had the President of the USA as a form of benign father determine for the nation. That is what we like finest and that is how we wish him to perform and he is simply unable to try this. He is the horrible father. He is the authoritarian father, the punishing father, he is not the consoling or grieving father and that is one thing I feel all of us miss and to your level about his holding the water glass, I’m additionally not a doctor or a physician…Nicely, we have to know the well being of the President earlier than we elect him. Governments derive their simply powers from the consent of the ruled. We, as a authorities, want to grasp who we’re electing and he has been only a field with this. We have to know the drugs he is taking, we have to — he wants a psychological acuity examination.
WALLACE: So, there — there’s a dialog to have whether or not or not if we have now the center to have it if he is match to serve because the nation’s commander in chief.
STENGEL: Completely and, you already know, we have talked concerning the twenty fifth Modification prior to now[.]
Filling in for Chris Hayes on All In, Ali Velshi boasted that Trump’s “weekend wasn’t so nice for him…as a result of the President has not been clear about issues like his funds or his well being and since he’s not clear, it causes folks to ask questions they in any other case may not ask.”
Giving a play-by-play of each West Level actions, Velshi insisted that “[w]e have had nice presidents who battled bodily adversity however this President can’t have it each methods” in “mak[ing] questionable claims concerning the well being of others, together with his opponents whereas revealing nothing about himself.”
Williams closed out the evening on The eleventh Hour together with his “Final Factor Earlier than We Go” phase that mocked Trump as struggling to drink water and even stroll (click on “increase”):
WILLIAMS: Final thing earlier than we go right here tonight, did you see or are you able to bear in mind a single quote from the President’s graduation speech at West Level on Saturday? If the reply is not any, that could be due to what you seemingly did see out of that occasion — the president’s failed try to drink water one-handed and his halting journey down a ramp. The day was rapidly branded water gait, G-A-I-T, for the quantity of stories it generated. First issues first. Right here is the primary try on the water hazard. The President virtually will get there earlier than needing an help from his different hand. Some people who clearly haven’t been paying consideration have been shocked by it, however this isn’t the President’s first rodeo relating to two-handed ingesting. It’s even been theorized that he typically tries to get via remarks regardless of being parched as a result of he doesn’t love ingesting water in public, however typically he’s pressured to present in as he did twice simply minutes aside again in 2017.
TRUMP [on 11/15/17]: 17,000 jobs. Thanks. They don’t have water. That’s okay. What? Oh, it’s okay. Oh. [DRINKS WATER] [SCREENWIPE] that may create jobs in the USA. [DRINKS WATER]
WILLIAMS: On the opposite entrance, it’s been mentioned and talked about for years. The President has, let’s name it, a problem with ramps and stairs. It was on full show at West Level. The incident launched information tales about his age and well being. It’s true that at 74, he’s older now than some other first- time period President we’ve ever had, and his well being stories are famously incomplete….The ramps and stairs factor might be a full-on phobia like his lifetime aversion to germs. Many people bear in mind the Donald Trump within the New York years who went years with out shaking fingers and infrequently lectured folks on how soiled a follow it was. He has since mentioned you could’t be a politician with out it although he’s been attempting to keep away from it through the pandemic. It’s lots.
However relating to Biden’s struggles, CNN and MSNBC each accepted his administration’s excuse that it was a particularly windy day within the Washington D.C. metro space. As a result of when their associates are in energy, associates don’t hold associates out to dry with such a regarding narrative concerning the Commander-in-Chief.