Opinion: Trump's Message for People Is to Choose Hope Over Fear in Midst of the Pandemic ... and He's Right

President Donald Trump speaks with Fox News Channel Anchor Bill Hemmer during a Fox News Channel virtual town hall, at the White House, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Remember when the media and Democrats went gaga over a guy who urged his supporters to choose “hope over fear”? It was a catchy slogan, though devoid of any real meaning outside of making people believe Democrats would give you hope, while Republicans would instill fear.

Fast forward a few years later, and here we are – in the midst of a global pandemic with another captain at the helm. Without saying the actual words, President Trump is telling people to do what Obama urged people to do all those years ago: to choose hope over fear.

Except in this case, it’s not about choosing one political party over the other. Rather, Trump’s message to the American people is to not lose hope in the midst of the Wuhan coronavirus global pandemic.

I’ve watched over the last two weeks in disgust as Democrats and the mainstream media have tag teamed against Trump when it comes to him delivering this simple yet powerful message.

First, there was the media firestorm over how Trump went nuclear in response to a question from NBC News “journalist” Peter Alexander in which Alexander asked Trump if it was “possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope?”

Later, when Trump told the nation about the possibilities presented by Hydroxychloroquine, the mainstream media immediately went negative. Here’s an example of their absurd coverage of Trump’s remarks about this drug, via Bloomberg:

Virus Drug Touted by Trump, Musk Can Kill In Just Two Grams

Here was another, also from Bloomberg:

Nigeria Has Chloroquine Poisonings After Trump Praised Drug

Then there was the whole bizarre “couple swallows toxic aquarium cleaner, man dies” story, which numerous “respectable” mainstream media news outlets ran with in an effort to bash Trump’s touting of Hydroxychloroquine to combat the virus.

There were also the “Trump is lying about how quickly work can get started on medical supplies” reports, which Ford promptly debunked.

In addition to that, after Trump told Fox News that he hoped the country could begin to get back on its feet again by Easter, the media erupted. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, who was last seen trying to imitate Adam Schiff, was one of many who balked at the idea, accusing Trump of deliberately giving people false hope:

Worst. hot take. ever.

The media’s whole method of operation from the start of Trump’s presidency has been to frame every story from the perspective of “Orange Man Bad” and “we must help elect Democrats.” And instead of taking a break from it as the entire country bands together to battle a deadly virus, they’ve ramped up their efforts!

But they’re failing.

Multiple polls confirm that, despite the media/left’s best efforts, the American people approve of how Trump is handling the pandemic. They’re choosing to be hopeful that we can beat this thing. There is a lot of fear there, to be sure, but without hope, many feel lost. So they’re latching on to the promise of a new and better day ahead.

Through all the chaos and controversy, Trump understands that.

He’s doing what any president would and should do in the midst of a crisis. Give people a sense of hope, a belief that we’ll come out of the crisis stronger than ever before. Bush did it after 9/11, and that’s what Trump is doing right now.

The media repeatedly dinging him over it is a really bad look, but the media is going to do media things, so the beat goes on.

Sister Toldjah
Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year writer with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars.
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