On Friday afternoon, conservative Twitter “pounced” on CNN reporter Leyla Santiago who instructed Jake Tapper “kicking off the Independence Day weekend, President Trump might be at Mt. Rushmore the place he’ll be standing in entrance of a monument of two slave house owners and on land wrestled away from Native People, instructed that be specializing in the hassle to, quote, tear down our nation’s historical past.”
Naturally, CNN needed to emphasize to celebrating People that they need to suppose first of “traditionally marginalized teams” on this time of “racial reckoning.”
JAKE TAPPER: And whereas People of all stripes have a good time Independence Day, the Fourth Of July, for some in these traditionally marginalized teams, the Fourth Of July vacation might be bittersweet, as CNN’s Leyla Santiago experiences.
LEYLA SANTIAGO: Fireworks, parades, ceremonies. The celebration of U.S. independence as soon as declared by founding fathers that wrote “All males are created equal, that they’re endowed by their creator with sure unalienable rights that amongst these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” However the very rights being celebrated on Independence Day are the identical rights that thousands and thousands of People say they and their ancestors haven’t been allowed to take pleasure in.
SANTIAGO (on digicam): What does Independence Day imply to you?
JESSE HOLLAND, AUTHOR: I’ll at all times be a proud American. However that does not imply I do not notice the faults and the failings that this nation has.
SANTIAGO: For historian and writer Jesse Holland, that features the injustice that has led to unrest throughout the nation, the inequalities in communities of coloration highlighted by a pandemic.
HOLLAND: I believe it is truthful to generally query whether or not America loves African-People as a lot as we like it.
That is truthful commentary on our very imperfect historical past. Let’s add the notice that Holland was a longtime reporter for the Related Press — who got here running to President Obama’s defense — earlier than he grew to become a “historian.”
As typical, President Trump was offered not as a patriotic chief, however as a recalcitrant divider:
SANTIAGO: As People face a reckoning over racism previous and current, there is no message of therapeutic from the White Home. As a substitute President Trump is asking a Black Lives Matter road mural a logo of hate after New York Metropolis introduced it could be painted in entrance of Trump Tower. He is additionally demanding safety for symbols of Confederacy at marketing campaign rallies.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: The unhinged leftwing mob is attempting to vandalize our historical past, desecrate our monuments, our stunning monuments.
SANTIAGO: Throughout diplomatic visits.
TRUMP: Not going to occur, not so long as I am right here.
SANTIAGO: And even on Twitter. And he is refusing to signal something altering the names of navy bases named after Accomplice leaders.
HOLLAND: I’m hopeful that we are going to, as a rustic, determine that the Confederacy is one thing to be studied, not one thing to be glorified, and we’re in a position to really have a good time who we’re after we have a good time Independence Day.
Then Santiago uncorked the “monument of slave house owners” line. Santiago, like many so-called “progressives,” pretends Trump is simply speaking in regards to the Accomplice monuments being vandalized, when it is clear that hooligans have ripped down Ulysses Grant, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key. They’ve vandalized statues of abolitionists. However CNN by no means permits any nuance. They sound just like the Cartoon Information Community.