Rephrased: Politico Disappointed Trump is not as Stupid as his Enemies

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Rephrased: Politico Disappointed Trump is not as Stupid as his Enemies

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

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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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

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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