Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
The government may shut down, but the media never shuts up. Instead it shuts away the truth.
It’s been two weeks since the Democrats shut down the government to stop border security. After their open borders created a humanitarian crisis on the border, they shut down the government and created another one in America. And then they spent two weeks blaming President Trump for their own crisis.
After two weeks of media lies resonating through the vast billion dollar echo chamber of dirty print newspapers, buzzing radio chatter, cable news panels kicking their legs on high chairs under high tables at CNN or MSNBC, all of it uploaded onto the web, President Trump took his message to the people.
The networks debated whether to censor him. Some suggested interrupting him with attacks disguised as “fact checks” while he was speaking. Others proposed not letting him speak at all.
Because they were afraid. Their narrative is a house of cards. Each card is another easily disproven lie. Illegal migration isn’t a problem. We don’t need a wall. All of this is a distraction from truly vital problems like the weather, the Russians and the election of a conservative politician in Brazil.
And then President Trump spoke. And their fears were realized as he laid out a comprehensive case not just for a wall, but for America. He spoke of the drugs and the violence spilling over the border. He called out the absurd lie that walls don’t work. He spoke of lost jobs and lost lives. Of the women that are raped and children that die as they are driven like cattle by coyotes in search of a few thousand dollars.
“In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now,” President Trump declared.
He listed horrific crimes, only a few of the many lives taken, lost, broken and torn apart every week.
"How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?" President Trump asked. "This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve."
But the choice had been made long before the speech. And everyone already knew the answer.
The real Democrat response didn’t come from a grim Schumer and a bedazzled Pelosi, the odd couple in some terrible remake of the Munsters, but from the media which acts as the messaging arm of the Left. The instant shrieks rose from the echo chamber of the media id, “liar”, “racist” and “monster”. Out came the editorials in the guise of fact checks. Illegal aliens, we were told, are surprisingly law abiding.
The Democrat and media talking points were indistinguishable. The border doesn’t really need securing. Or it needs “smart” security instead of a barrier. The only crisis at the border comes from enforcing the law. And when he mentioned that ICE had arrested 30,000 sex offenders, it was really only 29,999.
And, unintentionally, Pelosi, Schumer and the media had answered President Trump’s question.
"How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?" This is a no limit game. Dead Americans clear space on the voting rolls for people even more likely to vote Democrat. Each dead American and live illegal alien is a net Democrat gain and a strategic leftist demographic victory.
American blood lubricates the voting machines, the gerrymandered districts and the election strategies of Pelosi, Schumer and their ilk.
The more Americans die, the more Democrats win.
“Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders. In California, an Air Force veteran was raped, murdered, and beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien with a long criminal history. In Georgia, an illegal alien was recently charged with murder for killing, beheading, and dismembering his neighbor. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl,” President Trump said, speaking passionately about the horrors of illegal migration.
MS-13 has a stronghold within view of the White House. Illegal alien killers roam free, protected by sanctuary state and city laws that are not only illegal, but that cost the lives of innocent Americans.
It’s not that Pelosi and Schumer don’t believe a wall would work. They oppose a wall because they fear that it would work all too well and end the tide of illegal aliens into fake Democrat districts.
“Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes? They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized,” President Trump said.
Walls work. But so do lies.
President Trump is one man. The media is an army. For 9 minutes and 35 seconds, he was able to speak the truth to the nation. But for the next 24 hours, and all the hours, days and weeks afterward, the media’s lies will choke the truth out of existence, its fact checkers will scour social media for stories to censor, and anyone who disagrees will be fired, boycotted or threatened.
That’s the uphill battle.
We have reached a terrible point where the media openly entertains the thought of censoring the President of the United States because he will speak unwelcome truths that they wish to hide.
The choice is between Trump’s wall and the media’s wall of lies. It’s between having a nation with borders, or a geographical accident stuffed full of welfare states with no borders and no free speech.
For two weeks the media has been lying to anyone who will listen. And it isn’t about to stop.
The media has built a wall of lies around the nation. Like the emperor’s new cloak, its lies are invisible, they prey on weak minds and foolish hearts. And the most powerful nation in the world walks around with naked borders, its people prey to every gang member and terrorist who can cross the border.
A naked nation gazes adoringly at the imaginary reflection it sees in the media’s wall of lies. The media tells it how noble it is not to have a border, how kind it is not to the mind the murders and how powerful being weak makes it. Trump’s speech pits a true wall against the media’s wall of lies.
Which wall will prevail?
For two weeks, President Trump had called their bluff. For two weeks, the media ranted and raved. And enough Republicans stood by him that a wall of will rose in place of the missing border wall.
Trump’s speech and the response by Schumer and Pelosi was a test of wills. But the ultimate test is the one faced by the people of this nation. Will they choose a wall or the media’s wall of lies?
“When I took the Oath of Office, I swore to protect our country. And that is what I will always do, so help me God,” President Trump concluded.
That is the fundamental question. Will we protect our country? Will we have a country to protect?