Lacking the opportunities of doing campaign rallies now, Little King Don has transformed his carona virus updates into a workable facsimile. Today he reached a new high, or low depending on how you look at it.
Much of his attention was placed on making a case for himself as doing a great job on battling the virus. That seems a reaction to a NYT article that portrays Trump as being slow to react to the spreading virus danger despite numerous warnings from various quarters.
Putting very little time into updates on the anti-virus war, Trump and his “staff” mostly emphasized the great things Trump had done to fight the virus, with few details offered. The low points came when he showed a video which was pure campaign propaganda. AND……when he claimed to have the authority as president to open the economy or close it as he saw fit. Reporters challenged that but he either insulted them as phony journalists working for fake news organizations or dismissed them out of hand for being “nasty.”
Some reporters push hard to make their points or questions, but Trump slaps their comments aside like flies. They are trapped in traditional protocols while Trump recognizes no restrictions. No Marquis of Queensbury rules for him.
The press all feel there are limits to what they can do, lest they won’t be allowed back.
They are so used to competing with each other for the “exclusive”, that the notion of working together against a common enemy (he calls them the “enemy of the people”, so of course he’s their enemy). They are trapped in traditional press protocols fighting a street fighter who doesn’t recognize protocols. And, of course, the press also have their careers to think about. Being banned from the White House might come into play.
The press just doesn’t seem to know what to do with Trump. Their trying to make amends by fact checking Trump later seems to me to be too little too late. The show is over by that time and Trump has starred once again. Most of his act is B. S. but it overpowers the press’ fragmented attempts to hold him accountable.
The lingering impression I have is Trump looking strong and the press looking feeble.
The Enlightenment’s belief that truth will prevail if brought into the light of day seems an iffy proposition when battling Trump’s formidable B. S. which places a black cloud over reality.
As badly as he has mishandled the government’s response to this carona virus, Trump keeps making it seem that he has somehow done a great job and wherever we are by election time, he is likely to make himself look good to many.
Such is the power of his B. S. And the scariness.