At his press conference Sunday, the President gave reporters a bit of What For, in a perfect illustration of what many love about him.
Donald Trump — he’s unorthodox, he’s crude, and he may not be the most humble guy in the room. But the same might be said of General Patton.
Many like a man who can get the job done, regardless of bedside manner.
And in the Commander-in-Chief’s case, I believe his words to the media Sunday were right in line with his uncommon appeal.
He doesn’t talk like a politician; he’s direct, and the general perspectives laid out are — I believe — ones many people find authentic.
So what did he say to journalists hanging on his every syllable?
Here’s how he greeted ’em:
“It’s good to see you all. Hope you had a great weekend at your convention.”
Now that is clllllaaaasic Trump.
Trump: “It’s good to see you all. Hope you had a great weekend at your convention.” https://t.co/9BR5OlLIqP
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) August 23, 2020
And it was likely not just a jab at the fact that most reporters are Democrats, but also that the convention wasn’t a whole lot of fun.
As noted by The Daily Wire, “There were rough ratings for the DNC, which was virtual due to coronavirus precautions…”
Nonetheless, many in the press lauded the four-day extravaganza.
See CNBC, on Michelle Obama’s time at the mic:
“[She] tells ‘the cold hard truth’ in a searing DNC keynote speech.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow fangirled over the former First Lady’s address:
“And then Michelle Obama starts talking, and we’re all like – none of us breathed for 18 minutes.”
As for Nicolle Wallace, Fox News reports:
Wallace said Mrs. Obama had managed both elegance and something epic with the phrase “It is what it is.”
More from Fox:
“‘It is what it is’ was the line that Donald Trump had about deaths,” [Rachel] explained, “and every single death, every single American life lost in this pandemic, is the destruction of an entire family unit, of a universe, of a community, of a school if it was a teacher, of a hospital if it was a doctor. So for her to throw that back at him was elegant, but epic shade.”
“Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” the former first lady said during her speech. “He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
At a point, as per Nicolle Monday night, Michelle offered, “I’m a black woman speaking at a Democratic convention. I know some people might not listen to me.”
Wallace doesn’t buy it:
“I think she might be wrong. I think every parent in America heard what she said, and it was — it was like being scolded by the good cop parent, right? You know, we know she’s right, and maybe we’ll do something different.”
Personally, I’ll go with this: There’s no political figure, now or any time in the near past or future, to whom “every parent” cares to listen.
In my opinion, it’s one reason Democrats lose — many can’t seem to admit the existence of American Republicans. They’re preaching to the choir, thinking the choir are the only people in the building. And the only ones voting.
But maybe a certain erstwhile president’s of a different breed — according to CNN Senior Political Analyst Ryan Lizza, Barack served up “the finest convention speech in modern history (again).”
Perhaps he’s the Great Converter.
Lo — it was “spell-binding, chilling, optimistic, beautiful written, and expertly delivered.” An “incredible moment”:
Barack Obama just delivered the finest convention speech in modern history (again). Spell-binding, chilling, optimistic, beautifully written, and expertly delivered. Incredible moment.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 20, 2020
Either way, all of the above is how we get Trump, who walks into a room of people he knows despise him, and just serves up, “It’s good to see you all. Hope you had a great weekend at your convention.”
He’s not a regular guy, and this isn’t a regular time.
As for monolithic MSM, others had a different take:
THE MECK REPORT '#DNC right now is like a 3am #infomercial but has less sex appeal': Viewers slam 'boring' first night | Daily @MailOnline: @realDonaldTrump @GovMikeHuckabee @SarahHuckabee @IngrahamAngle @TuckerCarlson #JoeBiden https://t.co/o6zWY6RAu7
— The Meck (@TheMeck) August 18, 2020
This DNC is so boring like I want 1996 again where everyone was doing the Macarena
— Storyboard History (@StoryboardHist1) August 18, 2020
The DNC is so boring that Joe Biden already forgot who the nominee is
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) August 18, 2020
My friend's not saying the DNC is boring, but … pic.twitter.com/rBd2nvz5S6
— Jonathan Nicholson (@JNicholsonInDC) August 18, 2020
Media Research Center determined that last month, mainstream coverage was 150 times more negative on Trump than Biden:
During [June and July], our analysts documented 668 evaluative statements about the President, 95% of which (634) were negative, vs. a mere five percent (34) that were positive. Using the same methodology (fully described at the end of this article), we found very few evaluative statements about Joe Biden — just a dozen, two-thirds of which (67%) were positive.
And where time was concerned, ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news spent 512 minutes on Donald and only 58 on Joe.
Do insults to Trump get more traction than compliments toward Biden?
We’re on our way to finding out.
In the meantime, I’d say fasten your seat belts, and Trigger Warning: TrollMaster Trump’s locked and loaded.
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