Barbara Comstock’s silence signals her support for President Trump’s attacks on press freedom. Whether she agrees or not, that is the message in her silence.
The facts are not in dispute. The GOP’s Greg Gianforte attacked a journalist because he asked a question. A Fox News team was in the room and reported the assault. They added:
“To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.” –Fox News
Comstock has said nothing about this to her 10th District constituents. In stark contrast, Rep. Gerry Connolly in Virginia’s neighboring 11th District quickly issued a statement condemning the assault:
“Physical violence and abuse of media are hallmarks in Trump era. Disgusting. We need to call it out.” –Rep. Gerry Connolly
Just like her old friend White House aide KellyAnne Conway, Rep. Comstock has long shown disrespect for an independent press. She avoids reporters, issues disingenuous public statements, and never holds unscripted public meetings.
Comstock’s silence in face of this violent assault on the First Amendment is yet more evidence that she will always puts her party first, and her country second.
Make a metal note.