'Troll' MAGA congressman mocked over claim Biden is 'maligning the free press'
U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), a far right-wing extremist who forged multiple congressional documents sent to federal agencies and voted to not certify the 2020 election, is under fire after criticizing President Joe Biden for maligning the free press while suggesting President Donald Trump never attacked the media.
Banks is an anti-LGBTQ activist, anti-science climate change denier, and opposes a woman’s right to choose, Obamacare, and same-sex marriage.
On Monday during a hot mic moment, President Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch.” He almost immediately called Doocy directly to apologize.
But Banks retaliated by asking on Twitter, “Have we ever seen a President attack and malign the free press like Joe Biden has??”
The list of attacks on the free press by other presidents, but especially by Donald Trump, is almost endless. Trump’s attacks were so dangerous an MSNBC embedded reporter had to have Secret Service agents escort her to her car as one of Trump’s MAGA rallies came to a close after he directed his anger at her by name.
Even conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg criticized Banks, calling him a “troll.”
You don't have to be a troll. You have a real job, you know. \n\nUnless, of course, you want to say that you asked this question sincerely, which would be a far more damning admission than owning up to trollishness.— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg) 1643119797
And conservative journalist Charlie Sykes tweeted at Banks: “Beyond fuqqing parody.”
Podcaster Andrew Wortman reminded Banks that Trump called a different reporter a “son of a bitch,” too:
Yes.pic.twitter.com/a8fUl9r0A6— Andrew Wortman \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@Andrew Wortman \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1643109231
Many others vented their fury at Banks, offering a multitude of examples in response to his question.
Trump viciously attacks NBC News reporter in extended rant after being asked for message to Americans worried about coronavirushttps://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/media/trump-rant-at-nbc-news-peter-alexander/index.html\u00a0\u2026— (Italian) Bamboo cryptologist (@(Italian) Bamboo cryptologist) 1643091976
This is a joke, right? Or were you asleep for the last President? And if you were asleep for so long, can I suggest you seek medical help?— (((Howard Forman))) (@(((Howard Forman)))) 1643116683
Please tell me you're not that stupid without telling me you're that stupid.https://twitter.com/RepJimBanks/status/1485753654854438916\u00a0\u2026— Scott Huffman for NC \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f (@Scott Huffman for NC \ud83c\udff4\u200d\u2620\ufe0f) 1643123571
Abraham Lincoln once had the military shut down pro-Confederacy newspapers, so, yes. Bar is pretty high.— David Weigel (@David Weigel) 1643066627
'Trump's press demonisation pays off': Attacks on US journalists soar amid George Floyd protests\n\nhttps://www.euronews.com/2020/06/03/trump-s-press-demonisation-pays-off-attacks-on-us-journalists-soar-amid-george-floyd-prot\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/U5QhPoBPLj— (Italian) Bamboo cryptologist (@(Italian) Bamboo cryptologist) 1643092085
The problem is that they know they are trolling with this statement. \n\nThey know Trump called them "the enemy of the people."\n\nThey know Jan 6 wasn't a tourist visit.\n\nThey know all of this, which makes them worse people than if they were simply ignorant.https://twitter.com/RepJimBanks/status/1485753654854438916\u00a0\u2026— Devin Duke (@Devin Duke) 1643116641
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