Concha: Despite Bipartisan Support for Jerusalem Move, Media 'Reflexively' Bashes Trump
Media analyst Joe Concha said the press has made another "reflex to the negative" over a high-profile policy move by President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Trump announced his intention to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, which he also declared to be the nation's capital.
The move comes amid the 50th anniversary of Israel's reunification, the Christian Advent and the approach of Hanukkah.
Only six months ago, Concha said, a Congressional motion to do just that received 90 out of 100 votes in an otherwise divided legislature.
Concha said that basically "nothing" gets a supermajority endorsement from Congress these days, be it tax reform or healthcare policy.
He said the press largely blasted Trump's move, with the Guardian saying it will "plunge the Middle East into a fire with no end."
In addition to the press, he said the world's Catholic leader, Pope Francis, also panned the decision.
Concha added that Democratic President Bill Clinton announced in the mid-90s that Jerusalem must be considered the Israeli capital, which was met by widespread applause.
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama made similar announcements in 2000 and 2008 respectively.
But, it was Trump that took the next step and put forth a policy to make that plan a reality.
Concha said that it appears the press is ripping the move simply because Trump was the one to make it, citing all of the past agreement on the issue.
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