An Orwellian Press Conference
It’s truly become Winston and O’Brien time in Orwell’s 1984. Trump falsely claimed to have had the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan. In fact there have been five Presidential electoral college victories larger than his 2016 margin.
When Pete Alexander pointed out to him this was not true, Trump’s bland response was: ‘Well that’s what I’ve been told.’
The followup here should be that he should fire whoever told him that for ignorance-or dishonesty.
With such an Orwellian presser-where Trump is now literally claiming 2+2=5-it’s not surprising that Rush Limbaugh liked it.
“Thank you for all of the nice statements on the Press Conference yesterday,” Trump tweeted. “Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!”
Limbaugh, the conservative talk radio host, described the press conference as “one of the most effective press conferences I have ever seen.”
“The press is going to hate him even more after this. Don’t misunderstand,” he said. “When I say effective, I’m talking about rallying people who voted for him to stay with him.”
So basically Rush is saying he and his fellow dittoheads really liked it. Maybe it was one of his own favorite pressers ever.
I buy that his base loved it, the question is: how big is his base. In the election he got 45% but much of that was very soft support. A lot of it was late breaking Republican leaners who didn’t like him but decided that Hillary was worse.
Trump got 60% of voters with an unfavorable impression of both candidates. Many of these voters didn’t decide until late. The Comey letter proved the spark needed to reassure many of them that Hillary was just as bad if not worse.
The hardcore 30 to 35% surely loved the speech. But what about the softer support that voted him as the lesser of two evils? Trump’s approval ratings with college educated whites are not at all good.
But it’s fitting that Rush loved the speech. He and his fellow Right wing radio hosts-of which he is the original prototype-have spent 25 years weaning their listeners off of facts in favor of ‘alternative facts.’
Trump is truly their culmination.
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