With narratives being pushed in the media right now, who do you believe? 

March 18 – Former President Donald Trump spoke about auto manufacturing and a possible trade war with China at a rally over the weekend in Ohio. 

Trump said, “If you’re listening, President Xi — and you and I are friends — but he understands the way I deal. Those big monster car manufacturing plants that you’re building in Mexico right now, you’re going to not hire Americans and you’re going to sell the cars to us, no. We’re going to put a 100% tariff on every single car that comes across the line, and you’re not going to be able to sell those cars if I get elected. Now if I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a bloodbath for the whole — that’s going to be the least of it. It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country. That will be the least of it. But they’re not going to sell those cars. They’re building massive factories.”

Needless to say, the media grabbed the bloodbath comment and ran with it. 

Some are saying Trump is inciting political violence. Others are pointing out that he meant it in relation to the auto industry. 

But what you’re reading and how it’s spun can play a big role in how a message comes across. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “They’re looking for headlines. The truth is X is in for the save here. Everybody is doing a terrific job shutting down the Democrat liars and those that would believe the lies that are being rolled out of a desperate party here. It was the bloodbath in the automotive industry. In real time watching this was fascinating over the weekend.” 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “It’s so easily debunked. I mean, some of the mainstream media immediately ran with this story. Headlines: Trump says there’ll be a bloodbath in the US if he’s not reelected. Go online and watch the clip. It’s clearly in the context of the automobile industry. He’s in Ohio, he’s talking to auto workers. He’s saying that if he’s not elected, the auto industry is looking at a bloodbath. He announced in that same speech yesterday, too, that if he’s elected, he is going to put a 100% tariff on any imported automobiles into the US. So no doubt that was the context. But the media ran with that story all weekend after he said it and many of them still have not put up any kind of a correction or a disclaimer that hey, this was related to the auto industry, not a general statement about the country.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “I disagree with both of you that it’s going to matter that there’s been a refutation of this because the Charlottesville common is still in many people’s minds, and I would say most Democrats’ minds are wrong. He never said those people were good people that were out there supporting a ridiculous fringe group that supports white supremacy. They see that the narrative works guys. They see that it works, so some of them are just going to keep running with this. You will keep hearing this bloodbath if he wins comment all the way through Election Day, and probably afterwards. I’m so sad that we are a nation that embraces narratives and even when you hear facts, you just continue to embrace the narratives. I have good friends who still think that Trump is the person he was painted to be through the Russian hoax, which was a lie, through the Charlottesville comment, which was a lie, and they’ll just grasp on to this. It’s very, very sad. But we’re no longer a country that believes in objective truth, personal truths and truths for the right ends. It doesn’t matter.”

Ryan added, “And even when it’s played right in front of you. Nancy Pelosi, that coward, that mess of an individual, that disgraceful lawmaker pushing that continuing.” 

Jansen continued, “And have you noticed, even the ones that are saying, if you go to Snopes, well it probably wasn’t a comment about this. He likely was talking about the economy. So even the ones that are pretending like they’re being kind of fair, they’re not because they won’t come right out and say, hey, this wasn’t about what’s going to happen when he’s elected. This is about what’s going to happen to the car industry. They won’t say that. They just say probably, oh, it suggests it wasn’t.”

Ryan said, “Independents can see right through this one.” 

Barkdoll pointed out, “Here’s one other interesting footnote to this over the weekend. So tomorrow is the primary in Ohio. They have a very contested Republican primary for Senate. This is Sherrod Brown’s seat. He’s a Democrat up for reelection this year. This is a seat many people think could flip to Republicans. Well going into the weekend, it was reported that Chuck Schumer’s PAC and some other Democratic interest groups, they’re spending millions of dollars in this race to promote the Republican candidate that Trump is endorsing. That guy right now is behind by a couple points. If this all sounds familiar, yes, it is. This seems to be the playbook. We saw it with Dr. Oz. in Pennsylvania. You saw it with Herschel Walker in Georgia. Democrats will make this last minute ad spending campaign, millions and millions of dollars. Their thinking is if they can get that guy promoted to the finish line, they think he’ll be easier to beat in the fall. Perfectly legal, but I’ve never liked these kind of mischief activities in campaigns and it seems like we’re seeing more of this the past few years, and it’s mainly from Democratic aligned PACs that come in and make these last minute ad spends promoting the Republican candidate that they think could be defeated more easily in the fall.”