Would Chris Cillizza Cheer a Hitler Speech?
The big headline today is: Beltway Media Genuflects Before Trump’s Old Wine in New Bottles.
This is the best morning of Donald Trump's presidency. He is basking in positive pundit reviews. All that tumult feels like yesteryear.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) March 1, 2017
As he basks, mass deportations are happening, millions still stand ready to lose their health insurance, and we still haven’t got any answers on whether or not Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia in winning the election.
In other words, we don’t even know if the American Hitler won legitimately. But Rucker and his media friends are basking in How Great He Art.
I went after Cillizza last night.
Unlike Cillizza who only cares about optics, Chait could see that there was nothing remotely ‘bipartisan’ about that speech. But Cillizza just can’t stop.
I ask again though: Why can't Trump be praised for delivering a good speech full stop? https://t.co/vvV7eMavsJ
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) March 1, 2017
Imagine Hitler gave a ‘bipartisan speech’ 0r a ‘statesmanlike speech’ back in 1938 just as he was escalating the pogroms and the Cillizza whines ‘Why can’t I just praise his statesmanlike speech, full stop?’
I don’t know, because it makes you morally despicable?
Based on reporting thus far, Trump misled a grieving wife so he could use her as a political prop. That's a sick definition of presidential.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) March 1, 2017
This is how Trump was elected in the first place. The media is so easy to win over. It’s Chris Cillizza’s media and Cillizza cares only about how things look or sound. So his pitch was a little less rough last night-after all, he was getting nothing but GOP applause and no one could ask him any questions or contradict him so it’s not so hard as all that.
What the Chris Cillizzas of the world seem incapable of understanding is Trump literally said nothing different last night. He said it in a slightly less combative way. His speechwriters gave him some of the bipartisan platitudes of a normal Presidential speech.
The key about Trump is he’s a performance artist who plays a businessman on tv-who’s now been illegitimately ‘elected’ POTUS.
But with the Chris Cillizza media, this is a feature not a bug.
Part of why Cillizza and friends thought Hillary Clinton was a bad candidate was because she talked about actual policy rather than Trump who just wants to play a President on TV.
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