Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may very well survive his current “blackface” scandal, because he – like Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northram before him – is already getting the best protection possible from his allies in the liberal media, as they focus on conservatives “pouncing” on their precious prince from the North.
On Thursday morning, MSNBC’s Ron Allen seemed shocked that a “progressive” could ever be racist: “He is very progressive. To see this sort of thing happen is a head turning thing. It came out of nowhere, came as a big surprise” and noted “I can remember days when he was feted at the White House by President Obama. He is that young telegenic guy that a lot of media in Canada, and elsewhere certainly, love. So this is really quite a fall from grace. It’s really quite stunning.”
Indeed, the American press fell head over heels for the lefty Canadian PM when he first hit the scene in 2016. He got the pop star treatment with network anchors catching “Justin Fever” as they swooned over the “super hunky” “dreamy” and “adorable” politician they dubbed “Canada’s Obama.”
The following is just a few examples of the liberal media’s infatuation with Trudeau, as culled from the MRC’s archives:
Swooning Over “Super Hunky” “Adorable” Prime Minister
Host Norah O’Donnell: “Do you think they want to leave if Donald Trump is president or they just wan to be closer to Justin Trudeau?”
CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert: “That guy is super hunky, isn’t he?”
O’Donnell: “Isn’t he?!?”
— CBS This Morning, March 10, 2016.
Co-host Michael Strahan: “Now, to another good story. There’s a special guest in Washington this morning. Canada’s young and handsome new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived with his wife Sophie and their three kids for tonight’s state dinner at the White House....And it’s the first state dinner for a Canadian leader in 19 years and it didn’t take long for Trudeau’s two-year-old son Hadrian to steal the show. There he is. He gave out high-fives to people at the airport. And people on both sides of the aisle are gushing over the Prime Minister’s charisma. And just the other day, the Prime Minister was cuddling with pandas at the Toronto zoo.”
Co-host Lara Spencer: “Awww! I want to do that!”
Strahan: “And now, all the panda-monium has spread to Washington. One headline today said ‘Justin fever hits Washington.’”
Spencer: “Yeah. And the GMA set. He’s adorable!”
Strahan: “Yeah. Absolutely.”
— ABC’s Good Morning America, March 10, 2016.
Drooling Over “Dreamy” Trudeau’s “Anti-Trump” Persona
Anchor Lester Holt: “Heads are turning tonight in Washington. The White House abuzz amid a star-studded state dinner to welcome the young new Prime Minister of Canada, a leader who carries one of the most famous political names in the history of our northern neighbors. NBC’s Ron Allen on the diplomacy and the excitement.
Correspondent Ron Allen: “Today at the White House, President Obama welcoming Canada’s Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the head of state, turning heads....Trudeau, just 44, with a young family, stunning the world with his victory last November, following the path of his father, Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau, a former boxer, now a political heartthrob, featured in January’s American Vogue. Do you think he’s dreamy, too? Is that a word you’d use?
Washington Post reporter Emily Heil: “I might. I might use dreamy....That same sort of celebrity culture that surrounded Obama, you’re seeing that with the prime minister.
Allen: “And Trudeau has jumped in the campaign 2016, dubbed the anti-Trump, inviting Americans who say they’ll flee if Trump wins to Canada....This evening, a glamorous White House State Dinner, 200 guests, celebrities like Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. Serious issues like trade, defeating ISIS, and climate change also on the agenda for what looked like a political bromance. The graying elder statesman passing the torch to a new star on the world stage.”
— NBC Nightly News, March 10, 2016.
“Justin Fever” Has Hit America! He’s “Canada’s Obama!”
Co-host Amy Robach: “The Canadian Prime Minister comes to Washington, charming babies, celebrities, and even Sasha and Malia Obama, as Justin Fever takes over the White House.”
Co-host George Stephanopoulos: “Good morning, America. Happy Friday. A little bromance between the President and Canadian prime minister.”
Robach: “There’s a romance going on with America, I think!”
Co-host Lara Spencer: “Back now with Justin Fever and we are not talking about the pop star. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a huge hit at the White House.”
— ABC’s Good Morning America, March 11, 2016.
“‘Dreamy’ is a word often heard to describe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a real political rock star....Now, Mr. Obama and a leader dubbed “Canada’s Obama” seemed locked in a political bromance. On social media, ‘I wish someone would look at me the way that Trudeau looks at Obama.’ The #Trubama emerging.”
— Correspondent Ron Allen on NBC’s Today, March 11, 2016.
“Trudeau was born into Canadian political royalty. His father, Pierre, served as prime minister for nearly 16 years. Justin Trudeau’s young family, progressive political agenda, and his meteoric political rise are reminiscent of the Obamas themselves.”
— Correspondent Margaret Brennan on CBS This Morning, March 11, 2016.
Is Trump Jealous of Justin?
Co-host Joe Scarborough: “The attacks against Trudeau were strangely, weirdly personal. I don’t quite understand what’s going on there with Donald Trump. I don’t know if he is threatened by Justin Trudeau being younger. I have no idea....There’s something weird. There’s something personal. I don’t know what it is, but it’s deeply personal. He was calling him meek and weak and this and that.”
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson: “I know. And he so he does that when he’s feeling insecure, when Trump is feeling insecure. And so is it his youth? Is it the fact that he’s a pretty good-looking guy?”
— MSNBC’s Morning Joe, June 11, 2018.
Falling For Seductive Justin, Why Can’t He Be Our President?
“Trudeau reminds me of, well, Obama as he smiles and listens patiently to me droning on about my Canadian wife as if it is actually interesting. For Trudeau, listening is seducing....As we chat, he smiles and locks in with his blue eyes....Trudeau heads back toward his three-car motorcade that stops at all red lights. In the hall, a couple hundred kids hold signs that say ‘Hope’ and ‘Respect.’ They grab his sleeve and then skitter away wearing giant smiles. It would have been corny if it had not been so goddamned beautiful.”
— Reporter Stephen Rodrick in August 10, 2017 Rolling Stone cover story “Justin Trudeau: The North Star, He was raised in jet-set privilege but overcame tragedy to become Canada’s prime minister. Is he the free world’s best hope?”
Obsessed With Trudeau’s Tush
“Feeling blue? Google three words: Justin Trudeau butt. With a few taps on the keyboard, uncover a treasure trove of photos, think pieces, and listicles focused on the Canadian prime minister’s rear end. Get lost in the half-million stories ranging from the straightforward ‘Internet Freaking Out Over Justin Trudeau’s Butt’ from Cosmopolitan to the silly ‘And the Oscar goes to Justin Trudeau’s butt’ from the Daily Mail. But the Canadian progressive is more than a pretty face – or tush.”
— The Providence Journal reporter Jaqueline Tempara in July 13, 2017 article previewing Trudea’s appearance at National Governor’s Assocation meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.
Adulation for Trudeau’s Abortion Stance
“Could Justin Trudeau be any more perfect!?”
— March 9, 2017 tweet by Harper’s Bazaar after Trudeau pledged to contribute $650 million to women’s health initiatives, including fighting “anti-abortion” legislation across the world.