Opinion: Uproar over president's alleged comments motivated by politics and self-interest
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Media outlets such as CNN are cursing up a storm. The reporting is of an allegation that the president said a curse word to a group of adults in private. Not only are the anchors on the networks cursing left and right using the word, it has been written in bold letters across their screens.
The problem here is that these networks are played in public places throughout our country. They are in airports, doctors’ offices, and restaurants. The screens are seen by adults and children alike.
The allegation is that President Trump said the word once in a private meeting. How is it ok to repeat it and splash it on screen hundreds of times? I believe that makes no sense.
Our elected officials have of course not missed the opportunity to grandstand or waste time. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois claims to think this is a bad moment for our county. Yet he can’t stop talking about it to the press.
This was also a major topic of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen. Things got heated when Sen. Cory Booker decided to berate and scream at Secretary Nielsen. Supposedly he was so indignant over the president’s alleged comments, but really that was a try-out for Senator Booker’s potential run for president in 2020.
Here is the bottom line. The whole dust up is completely overblown. Presidents throughout history have used salty language, including Lyndon Baines Johnson and John Fitzgerald Kennedy. No matter what was said behind closed doors, the reactions by certain media outlets and some members of congress have been largely motivated by self-interest and political agenda.