The Difference In Fourth of July Speeches By Trump vs Obama Says It All

At a 4th of July event that was supposed to be focused around honoring military veterans, President Trump used his Independence Day speech to once again accuse the media of being the enemy of America.

Some of Trump’s remarks from his headlining speech at the Celebrate Freedom Concert:

“The fake media is trying to silence us, but we will not let them. Because the people know the truth. The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m president and they’re not. We won, and they lost. The fact is the press destroyed themselves because they went too far. Instead of being subtle and smart, they used the hatchet and the people saw it right from the beginning.

“The dishonest media will never keep us from accomplishing our objectives on behalf of the American people. It will never happen. Their agenda is not your agenda. You’ve been saying it. I will never stop fighting for you. I am delivering on trade, on the economy, on the Supreme Court, on the 2nd amendment, on our military, for our veterans, and n our borders, where we are doing record, record stoppage.”

Trump often brands the press as the “dishonest media,” though he never accurately cites specific examples of blatant media deception.

The tone of Trump’s speech clashed sharply with President Obama’s first 4th of July speech, during which the then-president primarily expressed gratitude to military veterans rather than bragging about himself.
“But I want to say this to all of you:  You have done everything that has been asked of you.  The United States of America is proud of you.  I’m proud to be your Commander-in-Chief.  And that’s why, this Fourth of July, I renew my pledge to each and every one of you — that for as long as I have that immeasurable honor, you will always have the equipment and support you need to get the job done.  Your families will always be a priority of Michelle’s and mine, and remain on our hearts and on our minds.  And when our service members do return home, it will be to an America that always welcomes them home with the care that they were promised.
“It is, after all, your service — the service of generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen — that makes our annual celebration of this day possible.  It’s your service that proves that our founding ideals remain just as powerful and alive in our third century as a nation as they did on that first Fourth of July.  And it is your service that guarantees that the United States of America shall forever remain the last, best hope on Earth.”

Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW