Fire flaring up between Trump and the Left

Mashari Althaydi
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The series of the attacks via suspicious packages that targeted figures and institutions that are extremely hostile to American President Donald Trump clearly show the extent of the deep division in the American society as we near inflamed mid-term elections.

President Trump logically commented on these attacks as a president and said that the federal government is conducting an advanced investigation and they will find those responsible and refer them to the judiciary, voicing hope that this will happen quickly. At the same time, Trump scolded the leftist media over its misleading hostile approach.

What’s interesting is that the suspected packages – which seem like a warning and not like anything that aims to carry out anything – were mainly sent to the icons of extreme hostility towards the Trump administration, Trump as a figure and his policy.

This hostile attitude is unprecedented in the history of American media and CNN is one example. This in addition to figures like Hollywood celebrity Robert De Niro who has not stopped directing nasty insults at Trump.

There are of course figures like the godfather of the new leftist wave in America, Barack Obama, his successor, Hillary Clinton, who failed in her presidential campaign against Trump and other figures.

Aren’t the media and art forts in the world, and not just in the US, in the hands of the liberal left or the leftist liberalism, which declared a mad war on Trump’s entire political path?

Mashari Althaydi

The campaign of explosive packages is a condemned terrorist attack. This is undebatable. However what made the situation reach this extent of tension in relations between the two main camps in America and how did the media and celebrities who belong to the liberal left reach this hysterical edge of “war”?

Trump announced from the beginning that these institutions and figures, especially those in the fields of media and art, have abandoned the minimum of professional credibility and transformed into war “drums” and military horns against him in such an unreasonable and emotional approach.

“Fake News” is the stigma which Trump stamped on the forehead of the hostile liberal media, and the description has become a fixed “sign” to describe all this global media hysteria by the loud leftist camps.

The strangest comment I heard about this incident was reported by the British BBC that said President of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker said Trump and the White House press secretary “must understand their words matter”. Zucker added: “There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media.”

We have to ask this journalist who wants Trump and his supporters to beware of the seriousness of words, who actually needs this advice, really?

Aren’t the media and art forts in the world, and not just in the US, in the hands of the liberal left or the leftist liberalism, which declared a mad war on Trump’s entire political path?

The Arab poet was right when he said: “The war’s principle is words.”

This article is also available in Arabic.

Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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