Neil Cavuto, host of the Fox Business program Your World, devoted the “Common Sense” segment of his show on Tuesday to Donald Trump’s Twitter habits. This isn’t in itself unusual–one of the most entertaining aspects of the Trump administration has been watching the media freakouts over almost every single tweet that percolates from the president’s iPhone (covfefe, anyone?)–but it does come on the heels of a Wall Street Journal editorial that takes Trump to task for his freewheeling online style, and warns him that he risks undermining his own agenda if he continues expressing thoughts that are better left unexpressed. This is unusual for the Journal, a Rupert Murdoch owned enterprise that has been generally supportive of the Trump agenda (Bret Stephens and immigration notwithstanding), and should be enough to sound alarm bells at the White House. Alas, it seems, the president isn’t taking the hint, and has–naturally–taken to Twitter to let everyone know just where he stands:
The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
Honest and unfiltered is how I like my beer, to be sure–but as an administration strategy, it does have a few drawbacks. That’s where Cavuto picked up the thread, and told President Trump that the real problem was a lot closer to home:
Mr. President, it’s not the fake news media that’s your problem. It’s you. It’s not just your tweeting, it’s your scapegoating. It’s your refusal to see that sometimes you’re the one who’s feeding your own beast and acting beastly with your own guys.
Look at the critiques you’re now hearing from usually friendly and supportive allies as sort of like an intervention. Because firing off these angry missives and tweets risks your political discussion.
Cavuto raises some salient points here. And it isn’t just supportive allies in the Wall Street Journal that have resorted to intervention tactics to get the president’s attention. Recall how our own Erick Erickson revealed that he knows one of the sources who leaked the story that Trump had revealed classified information to the Russian ambassador during a meeting at the White House. The source, a staunch Trump supporter, didn’t do it to make the president look bad. The source did it to Make sure Trump took notice, and to let him know how seriously he had messed up. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have listened.
I think Cavuto is trying to do much the same thing here. Although his refrain of “Mr. President” reminds me a bit of the tone Joseph Welch used when he lit into Joe McCarthy, Cavuto does seem to be offering genuinely sympathetic advice. The media, of course, are always going to be gunning for a Republican president–especially one who bumped off Hillary Clinton, who was supposed to carry on the legacy of their lord and savior Barack Obama. The same goes for the Washington Cartel, which has little interest in draining a swamp that has made them rich and cemented their power. The last thing Donald Trump needs to do is hand them a sledgehammer that they can use to smash his agenda. I’d rather he use it to demolish their cozy little establishment–you know, the job voters sent him there to do.
Of course, it’s also incumbent upon those voters to accept the spirit in which this advice is given, and not dismiss it outright as RINO bloviating and more #FakeNews spread by the corrupt mainstream media. Suse, there’s plenty of that to go around–but thinking people should be able to tell the difference, and not just run to Trump’s defense as a knee-jerk reaction. Looking at the mosh pit that is YouTube’s comment section, however, it doesn’t appear as if Trump supporters are taking to Cavuto’s commentary very well. This is a shame, because If they really want President Trump to deliver on his agenda, they shouldn’t be trying to cast allies in that effort as enemies.
Hopefully, they’ll get the message.