No historical accounting of the Trump administration would be complete without a robust dive into his media enablers, the Fox News hacks who continue to carry water for the president even though it was long ago demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that he is totally unfit for his office.
The cynical plutocrats who pull the strings at the far-right network see Trump as a useful tool for further entrenching their oligarchal stranglehold on our democracy and so no diplomatic degradation, no direct assault on our democracy, no catastrophe of governance is too grave to be defended so long as Trump continues to serve their financial interests.
Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham are the vanguards of this mercenary ideology and the only small pleasure one can draw from their programs is the increasingly embarrassing pretzels they are forced to contort themselves into as they peddle their Trump apologia.
With the 2020 election rapidly approaching, Ingraham and her cohorts are predictably going all-in on another four years for their Dear Leader, which means a near-constant stream of attacks on former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Unfortunately for them, there are quite literally no issues on which Trump is better than Biden.
Our current president is an erratic, semi-literate, cruel ignoramus and Biden is a levelheaded, curious, empathetic patriot with a vast well of government experience to draw on. Because of this inconvenient fact, the Fox News demagogues have been forced to outright lie about Biden (something they are always comfortable doing when it comes to smearing liberals) and generate faux outrage over manufactured controversies.
Earlier today, Ingraham tweeted out a misleading article claiming that Toronto is banning Catholic churches from administering Communion. In reality, the Archdiocese of Toronto is simply implementing new safety measures to cut down on the chances that communicants contract COVID-19.
More interesting than the misinformation though was Ingraham’s complaint that Joe Biden won’t “protect religious liberty” while Trump will. Toronto is, of course, in Canada and so the American president, be he Biden or Trump, has no jurisdiction over the city. It seems that in her rush to once again sling mud at Biden, Ingraham exposed her own geographic ignorance. Twitter users were quick to gleefully heap mockery on her.
Will Joe Biden do more to protect religious liberty than Donald Trump? Not a prayer. “City of Toronto Bans Catholic Churches From Administering Holy Communion” https://t.co/9oR3YI7Zkf
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 17, 2020
Not the great American city of Toronto! Oh no! https://t.co/6Tq0syUMto
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 17, 2020
When I saw "Toronto is in Canada" trending, I just *knew* it had to be because someone like you said something stupid. I had no idea it would be *this* stupid, though.
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) July 17, 2020
.@IngrahamAngle might call me a stupid teenager but at least I know Toronto is in Canada 😉
— David Hogg (text vote to 954-954) (@davidhogg111) July 17, 2020
I didn’t know Biden would also be President of Canada https://t.co/ZV0AGAAET5
— Andrew Palmer (@andrewDC_) July 17, 2020
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 17, 2020
Toronto is in Canada, Laura.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) July 17, 2020
First: Toronto is in Canada.
Second: Joe Biden is a lifelong practicing Catholic.
I think he's a better Christian than you, even though you wear a cross around your neck on TV for political and fashion purposes.
Knock it off, Laura. I don't think God even even likes you. pic.twitter.com/uAKKXgHBBn
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) July 17, 2020
If this gets out, Biden will never carry Toronto.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 17, 2020
The City of Toronto has banned nothing. The Archdiocese of Toronto has modified communion in line with the tenets of the faith. So what you're saying is that you want government to override the faith based decisions of religious institutions to suit your right wing agenda.
— Dlynn (@dlfeltham) July 17, 2020
For those who need to hear this, Toronto is in Canada.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) July 17, 2020
Umm.. isn’t Toronto in a different country? https://t.co/T6EL3GOd8t
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) July 17, 2020
Joe Biden, mayor of Toronto, must answer for his crimes https://t.co/tsxdC6onLH
— Andrew Egger (@EggerDC) July 17, 2020
Between Laura Ingraham and Steve King we need to have a national conversation about the fact that the city of Toronto is not located in the United States. https://t.co/oIOVFukgw3
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) July 17, 2020
Thank you for some insight on Canada, but yes Biden is preferred to win 8-10.
— Marck Corcino (@CorcinoMarck) July 17, 2020
I’m guessing Nova Scotia might be a swing state
— Wow just wow (@swoolvers) July 17, 2020
Two Things Laura
1. Stop with the Righteous Religious BS . Article Six – Separation of Church & State. The GOP forgets about this.
2. Toronto is in Canada
— BabyTrump (@whalen93) July 17, 2020
Toronto is in Canada, you unbelievable idiot. pic.twitter.com/rRxcF2xnjo
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 17, 2020
Hey Laura, I live in Toronto and if either Trump or Biden start deciding what goes on here we have a serious problem because Toronto is in Canada eh. pic.twitter.com/NbA6Lg06PV
— 🇨🇦 Andy – ANTIFA'S fave 💀 (@Andrewemcameron) July 17, 2020
Why would Biden be concerned with what happens in Canada?
I think he'll be more focused on getting the #TrumpVirus under control since it seems it will still be raging in the USA in 2021.
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) July 17, 2020
You studied geography at Trump University, didn't you? Toronto is in Canada, but you Republicans like to redraw maps when it suits your purposes, like gerrymandering and hurricanes. I'm sure Deranged Donald will help you out with a new map of Toronto. pic.twitter.com/0JzNzmdR7L
— Social Distancing Myself from Idiots (@K200mph) July 17, 2020
Don’t be a hoser, eh? Toronto is in Canada 🇨🇦where I’m from..where I’m going for a lil while to get away from idiots who won’t wear masks & think they control Covid eh? & sociopathic leaders who are ok with kids in cages & ass kissing news anchors who don’t know their own country
— tara strong (@tarastrong) July 17, 2020
You do realize Toronto isn’t in the US, right? I have to ask because we all know how uninformed you keep your audience 🇺🇸
— Michael Drake (@mikedrake178) July 17, 2020
Raise your hand if you know that Toronto is in Canada and not in the United States. https://t.co/0YOEMU9Vyd
— Dave Matt (@davematt88) July 17, 2020
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.