In the immediate aftermath of the horrific mass shooting incidents in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, there was a lot of chatter mostly among Democrats about whether or not President Trump should visit the cities. Most were opposed, naturally, for partisan reasons.
But because Trump doesn’t take his marching orders from Democrats and the MSM, he visited both Dayton and El Paso anyway. The El Paso visit was perhaps more significant than the Dayton trip only because the population of the Texas/Mexico border city is overwhelmingly Latino.
Couple that with the left’s erroneously blaming Trump’s alleged “white supremacist” rhetoric about illegal immigrants for the shootings, and the general assumption by our intellectual betters in the MSM was that Trump wouldn’t be welcomed nor tolerated.
The President visited the city on Wednesday, where the heartbroken members of the community were mourning the loss of 22 innocent lives and praying for the dozens more injured in the aftermath of a deranged domestic terrorist who opened fire at a Walmart on Saturday.
MSNBC‘s Jacob Soboroff was there to cover their reaction to Trump’s visit, and here’s what he reported at the beginning of the segment:
“Jacob, you’ve been in El Paso, talking to the community,” said MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi. “What’s the feeling there about the president’s visit?”
“Well, Ali, given the way that the president has talked about Latinos, and Latinos make up the vast majority of the population of the city of El Paso, surprisingly positive is the way that people are responding here, in the wake of the shooting,” Soboroff responded.
“I see calls for unity and a great spirit of togetherness,” he added.
Here’s how the MSNBC Twitter account framed his report:
.@jacobsoboroff reports from El Paso, TX, where he says the general sentiment is that "not only is it time to stand up to the president of the United States, but to stop, reflect and remember… it is almost that they do not care that the president is coming." pic.twitter.com/6wxqlvbSlb
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 7, 2019
The Trump campaign shared an edited clip that showed the first part rather than the very last part of it where Soboroff basically contradicted what he said in the first 30 or so seconds. He was not happy when he saw it:
How about you guys show the rest of the clip instead of this out-of-context distortion?
El Pasoans are positive *in spite of* Trump’s visit, not because of it.
Right now I’m at a rally where hundreds are gathered in front of a sign that reads Trump is “NOT WELCOME.” https://t.co/9CQery1T5m
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) August 7, 2019
“In spite of” acknowledging early on in his reporting that El Paso Latinos were responding “surprisingly positive” to Trump’s visit, and that there were calls for unity rather than a city-wide outcry over Trump’s presence (the latter of which you’d believe if you listened to Beto O’Rourke), Soboroff came off as a partisan hack in discussing the atmosphere in El Paso, which I’ll get into in a later piece.
(Hat tip: The Blaze)
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