The Sky is Falling: Media Hysteria Around President Trump

The US media’s coverage of the Trump Presidency has been negative to an unprecedented level. Often, the coverage is hysterical: “we’re no longer a democracy” because Trump won, or “the world is going to burn up in fire” because the President exited an environmental accord, the “USA died” because of Trump’s tax reforms", etc.

I show some examples in this post, starting with the most recent.

(Last updated December 6th, 2017.)

Donald Trump is declaring war on 1.5 billion Muslims and hundreds of millions of Christians

December 6th, 2017, The Independent, Samuel Osborne

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Sound the alarm! Donald Trump has declared war on 1.5 billion Muslims and hundreds of millions of Christians!

Is he rolling out the tanks? Is he dropping the bombs?

No, he simply acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“He [President Trump] is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims [and] hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel.”

And moreover, according to the article, Trump has initiated the “kiss of death to the peace process.”

10,000 will die each year due to Trump’s tax reform

December 4th, 2017, Larry Summers, CNBC

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CNBC contributor and former Clinton Treasury Secretary claims that Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform will kill over 10,000 people every year!

America died because of Trump’s tax reforms

December 2nd, 2017, MSNBC contributor Kurt Eichenwald

The USA has been murdered by Trump and the GOP, says New York Times best-selling author and MSNBC contributor Kurt Eichenwald.

Trump is similar to psychopathic murderer Charles Manson

November 21st, 2017, Melissa Matthews, Newsweek

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In what at first glance looks more like a piece from The Onion than a news outlet that presents itself as a serious source of newsworthy information, right on time for the death of psychopathic murderer Charles Manson, Newsweek published an hysterical article explaining how President Donald J. Trump is similar to the nation's most notorious cult leader.

Trump’s campaign slogan is covert white supremacy

August 14th, 2017, blogs and social media

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“Make America Great Again” is secret code word language for white supremacy.

This conspiracy theory infographic has been circulating on various leftist extremist blogs since July, and is now making its way onto social media. I found it through prominent Microsoft developer evangelist Chris Heilmann.

Trump wages vicious wars on refugees, immigrants, women, people of color, and LGBT people.

August 9th, 2017, Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect

The official-sounding Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect tweeted some hot garbage:

Ben Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, responded that the Anne Frank Center has become a disgrace to the memory of Anne Frank. Veterans also criticized the tweet, saying it trivilizes the horrors of actual war.

The organization -- which isn’t actually connected to either the Dutch Anne Frank House nor the Swiss Anne Frank Fonds -- is no stranger to hysteria and hyperbole; it had previously reported (falsely) weeks earlier that the Trump administration denied Hitler’s involvement in gassing Jews.

Trump will cause food shortages, revive the bubonic plague, poison the oceans, and cause permanent economic collapse

July 9, 2017, David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine

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In a leftist piece too sensational for even some leftist publications (Slate: Hold my beer!), Wallace-Wells says the the current political situation ushered in by President Trump will result in an “uninhabitable earth” with widespread “heat death and chronic kidney disease.”

It gets worse! There won’t be any food, as climate change will decrease yields by “15 or 17 percent.” The world will witness “dried up rivers” that will cause the death of multiple civilizations, melt ice caps and release bubonic plague, and produce unbreathable air! Doom! Gloom! THE END IS NEAR!!!!

Trump will turn Earth into Venus, complete with 250° weather and sulphuric rains

July 3rd, 2017, Stephen Hawking, BBC

Trump has “put Earth onto a path that turns it into a hothouse planet like Venus”, says the BBC. How? Trump’s decision to leave the 1 year-old Paris Accord will “push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid”, according to atheist physicist Stephen Hawking.
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Trump is committing crimes against humanity

June 8th, 2017, Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post

“Moreover, by withdrawing the United States from the climate accord, Trump has committed a crime against humanity, which also constitutes a High Crime.”

And that’s not all: Trump is taking away all your rights! His inhumane acts will make you suffer!

“Since taking office, Trump has…systematically endeavored to destroy the social safety net, including the rights to healthcare, public education and a clean environment, as well as the rights of workers, immigrants, women and LGBTQ people…Trump has intentionally committed an inhumane act that will ultimately cause great suffering to the people of the world.”

Trump will destroy freshwater supplies in US

June 6th, 2017 – Reality Winner

“He [Trump] is blatantly lying and the second largest supply of freshwater in the country is now at risk. #NoDAPL #Resist #NeverMyPresident”

Revelations surfaced this week that federal contractor Reality Winner (oh, the naming of millennials…) leaked classified information about the government to the media, a federal offense. In the aftermath of her arrest, her foul-mouthed social media posts began to surface, claiming Trump is destroying natural water supplies.

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Trump will doom the planet; this could be the end

June 2nd, 2017 – Trevor Noah

“I don’t know what’s worse, the fact that Donald Trump may have doomed the planet, or the fact that he announced it like it’s an episode of ‘The Bachelorette.'”

Noah continued prophesying via his doomsday secular armageddon cult: “We all joke about Trump destroying the world, but this could be it!”

Trump will turn Antarctica green, collapse a key ice shelf, and erase the California coast

June 2, 2017 – Weather Channel

Trump’s decision to leave the year-old Paris Accords will turn the Antarctic green! Key ice shelves will collapse! California will disappear! THE END IS NIGH!

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Trump is going to destroy planet earth

June 1, 2017 – Huffington Post The front page of the leftist Huffington Post shows the world burning up in fire! President Trump is going to destroy the planet!

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Trump will cause sleepless nights for the poor and elderly

May 27, 2017 – Newsweek Trump will cause more sleepless nights, especially for poor people. How? Because of global warming…and Trump…and, uh, NOT MY PRESIDENT!

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No one will care about your kids now that Trump is President

May 13, 2017 – Michelle Obama The government under Donald Trump no longer cares about your children. Why? Because Trump rolled back Obama’s school lunch regulations.

“Moms, think about this…think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap, because here’s the secret: If somebody is doing that, they don’t care about your kid and we need to demand everyone to care deeply about our kids.”

Trump will attempt a Hitler-like coup

May 3rd, 2017 – Yale Professor Richard Levin

“Donald Trump will have his own version of Hitler’s Reichstag fire to expand his power and take full control of the government”, claims Levin.

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But we’re not done yet! Trump speaks like Hitler, too.

“The way that [Trump] used the language, the blunt repetitions, the naming of the enemies, the physical removal of opponents from rallies, that was really, without exaggeration, just like the 1920s and the 1930s.”

Trump will cause Hawaiian Honeycreepers to go extinct, make the Cloud Forests disappear, and destroy coral reefs

April 20th, 2017 – Bill McKibben, Professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, New York Times

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President Trump’s environmental onslaught will have immediate, dangerous effects”, says McKibben. What effects? Well, according to the good professor, the Trump administration is going to “erase from the annals of life on earth a couple of small birds in Hawaii…”, whole forests, several species of trees, horseshoe crabs, Antarctic glaciers, the water under the Mojave, and…what? Why are you laughing? THIS IS SERIOUS!!!!!1111

We will no longer be a sovereign nation with Trump in office

December 12, 2016 – Keith Olbermann 

“We are no longer a sovereign nation. We are no longer a democracy. We are no longer a free people. We are the victims of a bloodless coup.”



Got more hyperbole from the media? Add it in the comments. I’ll be updating this post over the next few years with the assumption of continuing alarmism and hysteria from the media.

It’ll be informative to look back on after 4 years. Or 8, should the hyperbole and corresponding public distrust of the media continue.

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