All their complaints about Trump being ‘unstatesmanlike’ ring a little hollow when you compare him to what was really going on in ‘Camelot’.
That Democrat hero, the ‘Lion of the Senate’ who could do no wrong, had more than just a figurative ‘skeleton in his closet’.
He had a body under a bridge.
And what he did instead of trying to save her is nothing short of monstrous.
In July of 1969, then-Sen. Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge into a pond with a young woman in the passenger seat and left the scene of the accident alone. Kennedy waited 10 hours to report it, and Mary Jo Kopechne died.
This is one compelling reason why many older voters thought liberals sounded preposterous when they suggested Donald Trump’s presidential campaign should be canceled over the “Access Hollywood” tape of him boasting of grabbing women in the crotch. Kennedy had a woman’s death on his resume, and it never stopped the left from boosting him as the finest presidential timber.
How far has the manipulative Kennedy dynasty fallen? Somehow, the movie “Chappaquiddick” was made with well-known actors and distributed to movie theaters. Seven years ago, pressure caused the History Channel to deep-six a dramatic Kennedy miniseries (it ended up on the obscure cable channel Reelz).
And like any good telling of a historical event, it doesn’t ‘fill in the gaps’ with the storyteller’s assumptions. Critics are admitting that what is unknown is left unsaid, there is still enough ambiguity for it to be an honest telling of the story.
Compare that to some of the Hollywood hit pieces we’re used to seeing lately, and you’ll see why that’s impressive in its own right.
The movie didn’t need to embellish or sensationalize. It’s easy to see why.
Staying close to the historical record is brutal enough. Kennedy left the scene of a fatal accident, failed to report it for hours, lied to investigators and the public about how and when it happened, and then expected that everyone would accept what he had done and re-elect him. The film notes at the end he was re-elected overwhelmingly and became known (to some) as the “Lion of the Senate.”
It also shows how the Kennedy political machine arrived to manipulate the press, and even the Kopechne family. There was no autopsy. This was pitched as another Kennedy tragedy, and the national media eagerly xeroxed the narrative.
One of the things that the moviemakers get wrong is the idea that the press were hostile. The only named reporter in the movie was James Reston of The New York Times, who the script suggests was skeptical of Kennedy’s claim of having suffered a concussion. In real life, Reston was, in the words of media critic Jack Shafer, one of those who “attended to the family’s legend like priests on retainer.”
Reston’s first draft on Chappaquiddick began, “Tragedy has again struck the Kennedy family.” Mention of the actual victim was submerged in paragraph four. Luckily, the Times advised Reston to edit it and mention the actual victim in the lede. After Kennedy spoke to the nation with his dishonest narrative about what happened, Reston oozed again that he was a “tragic ‘profile in courage.'”
And for just another twist of the knife, we’ll close with this.
Followed by this:
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 7, 2018
What makes America so different from other nations? Other nations are built around regimes or systems. But America was built from on ideas. From a blank slate.
Built on ideas that are DANGEROUS to tyrants.
That we have God-Given Rights, like Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Dangerous ideas. Like this one: the people, when threatened, have a God-Given right to stand up in defiance of any government that dares threaten any of those rights.
There’s a men’s version…
And a women’s version, too…
Because in America, the bros AND the ladies BOTH have a rich history of badass rowdiness.