A left-leaning news outlet just defended Donald Trump on one major issue that caught everyone by surprise

Donald Trump has had a target on his back ever since the day that he came down the golden escalator.

The media relentlessly goes out of its way to blame everything they can on the former President.

But a left-leaning news outlet just defended Donald Trump on one major issue that caught everyone by surprise.

Political influencers are seeking to pin Ohio train derailment on Trump

After the horrific train derailment in Ohio that left the small town of East Palestine in toxic fumes, many on the Left started pointing their fingers at Donald Trump and claiming that the former President’s interest in deregulation resulted in the accident.

The theory made its rounds on social media and a few journalists even published stories investigating Trump’s connection to the derailment.

But the Washington Post caught everyone off guard and defended Trump.

The Bezos-owned paper has never been a supporter of Trump or his policies. However, that didn’t stop the paper from issuing a fact check over the rumors that Trump bore responsibility for the disaster in East Palestine.

Glen Kessler has been referred to as “the fact checker” at the Washington Post. He’s been known for revising perspectives on a variety of issues. 

Now he’s telling his readers that “Trump’s rollback of regulations can’t be blamed for the Ohio train wreck.”

Kessler’s team cleared Trump’s name in the East Palestine disaster

Despite still including his usual criticisms of Trump, Kessler says that he “decided to examine every possible regulatory change made under Trump that could be related to the accident and assess whether it could have had an impact.”

His team’s final ruling was that “none of the regulatory changes made during the Trump administration at this point can be cited as contributing to the accident.”

Considering the use of the words, “at this point,” we can expect more to come. But as Trump would say, it was a “total exoneration.” 

Kessler investigated claims that Trump repealed an Obama-era rule that forced certain trains to have electronically controlled braking systems and found that the rule only impacted “high hazard” trains carrying dangerous chemicals.

He made sure to point out that President Biden “has not acted to reinstate this rule” even though he could through executive order. This however was not the angle that Kessler took.

Chair of NTSB explains why Obama-era rule would not have changed anything

Instead, he referred to statements made by the Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Jennifer Homendy. 

Homendy previously debunked the claim that Trump’s deregulation would have made a difference in the incident in a lengthy Twitter thread.

Homendy said that the “ECP braking rule would’ve applied ONLY to HIGH HAZARD FLAMMABLE TRAINS,” adding that the train in East Palestine “was a MIXED FREIGHT TRAIN containing only 3 placarded Class 3 flammable liquid cars.”

She went on to explain that even if Obama’s rule would have taken effect, “this train wouldn’t have had ECP breaks.”

As promised, Kessler explored every possible angle that could find Trump at fault and ultimately none of them panned out. 

There are surely more stones to turn, but it looks like none of them were related to the Trump administration.

Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.