We are in the 4th day of a complete media talking heads meltdown over the Trump Summit with Putin.
I had thought actually that it has produced one of the few errors of the Trump administration, not the original remarks mind you but the clarification.
It was my thought that there was no percentage in it, after all it’s quite apparent that while some of the conservatives who were upset at his remarks were pacified, the left’s continued unabated calling his remarks inadequate and trying to use it as club against him and his policies.
This proved once again that Trump is a better media guy that me, because it’s precisely that overreaction that is a Godsend to him.
Here’s a test. Leave DC or New York, drive a few hours out to America, find a random guy on the street and ask, “Hey, don’t you think it’s awful that Trump wants our allies to increase their contributions to their own defense to just about half of what the U.S. pays?” You can safely assume he’ll respond, “Wait, why only half?”
That’s Kurt Schlichter noting that Trump’s demands on Nato that completely freaked out the left sound pretty reasonable to normal people, in fact a lot more reasonable that what his foes are saying:
On MSNBC, where illiterate histrionic analogies litter coverage every day, a contributor compared Donald Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin to Pearl Harbor and Kristallnacht, just to be safe.
Social media is teeming with similar hyperbole — “treason,” “traitor,” etc . — and not just from anonymous trolls. It’s difficult to accept anyone with a working brain actually believes this rhetoric, and they certainly don’t act like it. But if well-heeled pundits keep telling everyone The Fourth Reich is imminent before retiring to their townhouses in Capitol Hill every night,
The problem of with this narrative of course is the last sentence when the people insisting that Trump is a Nazi and that the world is about to end are able to go home in complete safety unafraid of retaliation for taking on someone who is only worse than Hitler in that he’s really crappy at being Hitler who would have already executed and silenced his critics by now.
But that’s why Trump keeps winning, you can’t spend two years screaming that the world is going end at a time when the economy is booming and people are doing great. If you to that you get one or both of these results.
People think your crazy
People ignore you
The latter was illustrated during Tim Blair’s latest US trip
Anyone who has not visited the US since Trump’s hilarious 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton might be surprised by the utter absence there of Trump in daily life. Everyday Americans are mostly just getting on with things, as normal, non-obsessive people tend to do. The apparent civil war we keep hearing about just isn’t happening.
Of course, certain precautions must be taken to avoid being drawn into a vortex of anti-Trump mania. During my visit I carefully avoided tiny outposts of Trump fixation, including Hollywood celebrity households, the offices of any former Clinton staffers and newsrooms at the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post and MSNBC.
In fact he discovered that if you don’t go to places like college campuses at stick with areas where things are actually made and done, the president isn’t really a topic of conversation:
If people from either side of the alleged Trump divide wished to speak out, I was there to hear them.
Except that nobody wanted to talk about Trump, Clinton or politics in general. This wasn’t due to apathy or lack of engagement. It was because there are more interesting topics of conversation, such as, well, just about everything. Work. Family. Sport. Music. Weather. Cars. Food. The semi-trailer carrying a few tons of bourbon that crashed and caught fireon the interstate. You know, topics people care about outside of election years.
Or put simply people were more interested in reality than what the media cared about and the louder they shout the more they are ignored.
Put simply Trump has taken the left/college/media/entertainment bubble that they all live in and managed to reinforce it to the point where they not only can’t seem to get out of it but he’s managed to sound proof it to the point where you have a bunch of people essentially talking to themselves.
And while that might keep people in the beltway in wine, steaks and oysters I suspect it’s not going to win a lot of votes in November.