The ever-helpful Washington Post editorial board has come up with a handy guide for President Trump to use in deciding what’s “presidential” behavior.
A few excerpts:
Instead of saying “You know I’d love it if the cameras could show this crowd, because it is rather incredible. It is incredible.” The Post suggests this:
As we begin, I just want to say on behalf of all Americans that our hearts go out to the 10 American sailors who are missing in the terrible accident involving our 7th Fleet on the other side of the world, and to their families. Our brave men and women serve far from home for months and years at a time and take grave risks every day to keep us free, and this should serve as a reminder of how much we owe them.
Instead of lifting up convicted former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, they have an alternate universe where Trump praises John McCain as “an inspiration,” offers heartfelt thoughts on McCain’s battle with brain cancer, and urges him to “get well and come back soon, John.”
Instead of “But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” they suggest:
So let’s not play games here. I’ve got priorities. The Democrats have priorities. I’m ready to sit down and talk and make a deal. But nobody — nobody — should ever threaten to shut down our government.
..(enthusiastic, dynamic and fun) and the American Legion – V.A. (respectful and strong). Too bad the Dems have no one who can change tones!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
“Enthusiastic, dynamic, and fun.” That’s a review of a Broadway show. It’s very clear that Trump considers his rallies to be entertainment, not presidential events. He uses them to fire up a crowd of supporters, and in turn they fire him up. Truth and statements of charity, thoughts and prayers, and clarity are not part of the fun package.
The president is simply demonstrating what they call in Hollywood his “range.” Look, he can play somber, respectful, strong; or dynamic and fun. He’s a man for all occasions.
The stuck-up know-it-alls at the Washington Post simply don’t like it when he changes roles too often. They’ve typecast him as The West Wing president, or The Joker. It confuses them when he’s both.
Funny thing is, his crowd totally gets it. Most of America totally gets it, though they’d prefer not to hear some of the rally rhetoric. Yet, the press incessantly covers it.
Why don’t they do themselves (and Trump) a favor, and simply turn off the cameras for real, let Trump rant, and report nothing from these rallies where Trump is simply blathering for his own benefit?
I’ll tell you why. He competes with them for entertainment, and they resent it. So they’ve given him a script, and ask that he kindly stick to it.
Good luck with that, WaPo.
This post is cross-posted at The New Americana.