Sheriff Bart: Oh, baby, you’re so talented… and they are so dumb.
Blazing Saddles 1974
Because I’m on vacation (it’s so odd to be somewhere an not waiting to interview someone or have to work) I’m not paying attention to things as closely as I might but I was rather shocked to see this headline at Hotair:
Reports: Trump Allies Furious About Shots Taken At Him During McCain’s Funeral, Want Him To Respond
This headline seemed completely counterintuitive to me and in the Hotair article Allahpundit said exactly what I was thinking:
Trump is better off shrugging off the jabs and declining to return them. He won. He has nothing left to prove. Meghan’s shots at him weren’t taken from a position of strength, like when Obama goofed on him to his face at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner while official Washington laughed. They were taken from a position of weakness, in a moment of grief both for her dad and for the sort of political sensibility he represented, which is now also passing from the scene. That may explain why Ivanka and Jared felt comfortable showing up. They weren’t outnumbered. It was everyone else in the room who’s outnumbered.
Or put simply the worst thing Trump could do is counterattack here since it would change the narrative to one that favors his political victory to one that does not.
As this was very obvious to me I went to the Politico article that it linked to read it for myself and I kept waiting for quotes from Trump allies demanding that he go online and respond.
I saw this:
As Washington mourned McCain, Trump’s people grew angry. Some even hoped for — but didn’t get — a blistering tweet from the president. And they privately chastised Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, for attending the senator’s memorial service.
“@realDonaldTrump ran for @POTUS ONE time and WON,” tweeted Katrina Pierson, an adviser to Trump’s campaign. “Some people will never recover from that.”
and I saw this
His friends and allies fumed. Trump had endured a week of criticism for his handling of McCain’s death, but the eulogy from the late senator’s daughter Meghan was the last straw, according to three people close to the White House.
But I looked high and low and I didn’t see anyone advocating Trump going on the attack against his own interest nor did Politico name such a person and that’s when I figured it out.
The people upset that Trump didn’t attack aren’t Trump’s “Allies”, it’s Politico and Trump’s enemies.
I surmise that the #nevertrump left completely expected a Trump counterattack and actually felt freer about attacking him because they were sure they would be able to pivot any outrage to any counter attack that the President would make.
But Trump so far has been too smart to attack a woman upset at her father’s death and unless that changes it’s very likely that #mccainstone will be to #nevertrump in 2018 what Wellstone was to the Democrats in 2002.
I submit and suggest that Politico was trying to either trick Trump into changing his mind about responding or if that doesn’t work to try and create a new narrative with supporters of Trump being the villain that Trump refuses to be.
In other words, this entire story is fake news.
However this tweet is not
When I die, I hope that everyone at my funeral politicizes my death to advance the causes I believed in and to thwart the causes I fought against. Anyone who fails to do so will insult my memory. https://t.co/kQa3Xt9BDB
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) September 2, 2018
Apparently plan C for the left will be to normalize funerals as political events. I’m sure this will play well with voters in swing states in 2018
How on earth does President Trump manage to get such stupid foes?
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