Did Trump Have a ‘Road to Damascus’ Conversion? Or a ‘Wag the Dog’ Conversion?
I’ve found the media reaction including on MSNBC pretty much unwatchable yesterday. There is something about ‘the President at war’ that seems to make the media kneel almost in the way Pavlov’s dog reacts to the bell.
You heard an awful lot of talk about the ‘Challenge for the young Administration.’ What specifically bothered me? Overall, just a change in tone.
At this point the media has learnt to be skeptical of Trump and not to err by taking him at his word-though they waited to do this till after the election.
But what I picked up from them yesterday at least on MSNBC-presume it was worse on CNN and Fox-was credulity. Why would you be credulous about anything Donald Trump says? Yesterday on Air Force One he declared he’d had the most successful first 13 weeks in history.
The trivial error here is it’s actually been 11 weeks. More substantially, it has basically been the opposite of most successful in history. It’s most disastrous in history.
The most silly aspect of this credulity is to take Trump’s Road to Damascus conversion ‘Wow, who knew Assad is a bad guy who would do something like this?’ as genuine. I don’t take anything Trump says as genuine. And how did Trump not know about Assad’s viscousness until now?
I hope readers are following my Road to Damascus pun-Damascus is the capital of Syria,etc. Sorry, I had to check.
On Chris Hayes last night, Sam Seder was about the only one I heard on tv yesterday who made any sense. He pointed out first that Trump himself has seemed to remove many restrictions the army has on bombing civilians-in Iraq where 200 civilians were killed a few weeks ago-to Yemen, where a Navy Seal and a number of civilians were killed.
Yet Trump claimed that seeing dead babies as the result of Assad’s attack turned him 180 degrees. But Seder broached what I think is really going on-his sagging poll numbers. This is the only hope to get them out of the 30s.
Hayes said he found Seder ‘cynical.’ With this-wholly illegitimate-President, it’s not possible to be too cynical. Though Hayes does make a good point here.
A reminder that those babies we all saw being gassed will be banned from the US if Potus gets his way.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 7, 2017
Then Rachel Maddow came on and was better than any other host I heard yesterday; but she was quickly co-opted by Brian Williams and friends all talking in the sort of tones that suggest Trump is Churchill.
Some hail Trump’s 180 here.
My problem is that whatever the right US action is in Syria, I don’t trust Trump leading it.
It’s been pretty obvious eventually Trump would need a war to rescue his popularity. The rally round the flag card tends to work very well as journalists suddenly sound like the people of Oceania.
But this is record time. But Trump’s numbers have collapsed in record time.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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