Reports of CNN’s counter to the White House’s barring of their own journalist and correspondent, Jim Acosta, from White House briefings (if you can even consider them as such these days) and Q&As have become the primary focus of news headlines as of this morning. As yesterday progressed and more details on the matter were disclosed, we now know that Ted Olson, a lifelong Republican who served as Assistant Attorney General for the Reagan Administration, Solicitor General under the Bush (dubya) Administration and someone who Trump has previously praised and sought after for his own legal team for the Russian Probe investigation (of which he declined), is representing CNN. There is so much to take away from this news that I couldn’t not write about it.
First, in order to understand the importance of these happenings, you’d had to have been following American politics enough since Trump’s inauguration to witness what lead to them. Certainly, previous presidents have both steered away from or extended the truth in their dealings with news reps, but none have flat out lied and, for the sake of his untruths, bastardized the free press the way #45 has. The press, for the most part (we’ll get to it later), has had to deal with “alternative facts”, erroneous statements and being deemed as the country’s enemy for 2+ years now. The pushback has been long overdue.
I initially didn’t fully disagree with Trump’s response to the matter. I figured Acosta was fighting fire with fire and that surely nothing positive could come of it, but I was wrong. When it was announced that CNN slapped a lawsuit on Trump, regardless of how much water the case held, I realized what was happening: they were drawing a line in the sand for America. Perhaps Acosta didn’t act accordingly in terms of formality, but it has been Trump and his puppets carrying out this dialogue from the start and it was about time the opposition did something about it. No matter how you feel about difference in policy between the two major parties, the way this administration has handled and delivered information has been atrocious. For those of us who get our news beyond the president’s twitter feed (i.e., Fox & Friends), we should revere Acosta’s unwillingness to yield to a proven narcissistic liar, as well as thank CNN for attempting to stop the progression of tyrant-like behavior of the most powerful figure on Earth.
The mid-term elections left the impression that the Democratic Party, aside from an unprecedented number of women elected to Congress (or the wave of states decriminalizing pot… yay!), is moving in a new direction. This may be true, but the effects of Trump’s ruling are much broader. The entire nation has been flipped upside down, and Ted Olson’s representation of CNN in its lawsuit against Trump is yet another example of the divide among the Republican Party.
In my eyes, the Right now consists of two parties of their own: Republicans and Trump supporters, with Trump supporters evidently consisting of the majority. Given Olson’s political history, the fact that he declined Trump’s offer to represent him and recently chose to take on CNN’s case isn’t much of a surprise since he leans more towards the center than your average conservative. That said, it’s now especially apparent he’s not a fan of Trump and wants to do something about it (I’m sure the money helps). The same could be said of the many right-wing representatives in Congress; however, while Olson’s feelings are certainly mutual among them, they remain “loyal” since, well, that’s politics and they need a job.
Despite battling lawsuits, FBI investigations and half the country longing for his impeachment, Trump continues to march at the beat of his own drum. When it comes to controversy, he certainly does a lot of winning, but how long can he tread before drowning? Do the constituents of Nevada, who elected a deceased (Republican) candidate a month after his passing, represent a party, or nation, so tribal that it doesn’t matter who runs? Things continue to get even more interesting here in the States, so be sure to stock up on popcorn before the holidays. One thing is certain: I’ll never run out of things to write about so long as Trump is Commander in Chief.