… trump is used to this, its his mindset; to invert, to upset and meanwhile offer a contrary dialogue.
Whilst he is busy scything down (oops bad analogy – connected to the world of work) a Free Press and any critical appraisal of his nasty White Nationalist standpoint (ie a latterday Fascism) he can spoon out sufficient quotable niceties so that his ‘in his pocket’ mutually favoured news service have sufficient to paint a white-washed feelgood commentary whilst he can meanwhile destroy all that is good about America.
He embraces thugs and dictators whilst legitimate World Leaders are repulsed and other than Macron attempting to connect and turn his stupidity they have little to do with him.
trump is in a closed feedback loop (as he has been all his life) … much like the many environmental and climate systems he is intent on ignoring, feasting on Fox that yet again reinforces ‘the donald’ viewpoint. Shame on Fox and suchlike. As mentioned before, quite what are the crazy conversations behind closed doors that we are not privy to?
Media can serve to eliminate developing a wider viewpoint, or to see the wider picture, of the wrecking ball of trump, both materially and psychologically, of social structure, bonds, communities. His actions are sick, his mentality is sick. George Orwell was incredibly prescient.
trump didn’t like it being pointed out by CNN Jim Acosta that the caravan is in fact many hundreds of miles away and poses no real immediate threat. trump seems to have bypassed what an education should provide, ie realistic, thinking citizens that will not see their country trashed.
trump turns words upside down, they are bullets of falseness to injure, disrupt and con. Lets remember trump university !! A worst case narcissistic spoilt brat. He’s not drained the swamp, he’s drinking it.
Everything, every insult he hurls is most applicable to himself, fake, lies, the enemy of the people etc etc
Its okay to be piss-taken in ones own country or ones own bailiwick but to be shunned internationally is surely one gold-plated put down.
And of course donald j trump has achieved such a thing !!!
Mao, Hitler, Stalin all registered internationally and many experts were focused on each of them, but with donald j trump the whole world at an elementary level can see he is hopeless, useless, a hindrance, no good.
Its a good rule in life to never pretend one is cleverer than one actually is. Do not bluff, do not lie, do not con, realise others are far cleverer …. offer humility.
My heart goes out to Jim Acosta of CNN and suchlike people, to any sincere journalist that has to endure the downright nastiness of trump. Tin-pot is hardly in it, it is trumps vehemence, his venom that I find so alarming and repulsive. trump must remember he is a servant of the people but we can see we are in territory far beyond that now.
I wonder what conversations occur behind closed doors for this open hostility toward a Free Press to display itself in moments of public exposure? What shenanigans has trump in mind that he needs to discredit the journalists and reporters of his entire kingdom? And as we know every insult trump issues is most applicable to himself, fake, horrible, nasty, unworthy etc etc
Its my view that he is so tied in, indebted to and active with Russia that they’ve decided amongst themselves (ie witness two hours alone with Putin in Helsinki, no records kept) for some shocking events to unfold in the months ahead, its obvious trumps energy and impudence has roots deeper than we realise; how or why else for his onslaught and ridiculous behaviour. I’m surprised we can’t see the strings.
Likewise Kushner, Mnuchin, Pence … tagging along with the increasing sickness in the White House. Is it not procedure that recordings are kept of everything that is said? When a so-called president is actually found eating paperwork / notes then we are really in a sick malfunctioning environment.
Words from trump are increasingly worthless, debased, robbed of value, rendered meaningless; thrown as javelins merely to injure…
Postscript : 8-9th Nov 2018 the undoubted first witnessed ‘fake news’ trophy goes to Sarah Huckabee Sanders for issuing a manipulated vid of Jim Acosta to deliberately alter the facts. This is blatant, intentional and most despicable. As stated many times all the fakery and fake news does indeed emanate from this crooked so-called administration, from no one else. Gangster, pantomime dame, conman all are applicable to these sick manouverings. The world knows fine well how crooked this setup actually wishes to be and thank goodness will fine-focus on anything and everything issued for public consumption.
The vid modification we are informed is hardly noticable unless viewed frame by frame but nonetheless is a deliberate alteration of the truth; some one somewhere has made the effort to effect this trick.
Imagine the months ahead as trump gets cornered, feels the sweat of his follies close in on him. Its a shame many ordinary voters plain simple people have been used for him to hitch a ride into the White House, he cares nothing for them. Jared, Ivanka and Mnuchin wistfully smiling on….
Same day here in the UK we hear Robert Winston on bbc r4 at teatime on the ‘pm probramme’ reminding us to be careful of our words, that in his personal outlook of being Jewish its a basic tenent to use words wisely, carefully. He specifically was talking in regard to trump and his trashy inciteful talk.
So they’ve caught the bomber thank goodness. Yet still the inflammatory inciteful words and swagger of donald j trump knows no bounds, even playing with reporters that he might even raise it a notch. This is the measure of trump, the arrogance and insanity. The worse it gets the better he feels. Its an automatic turnover or flip on every conceivable thing that comes along. Remorse, realisation, reflection are alien to him. For instance possessing a notion to denuclearise NK yet ramp up Americas weapons to the insanity of the Cold War again !
He uses his words strangely, apparently delighting in all the turmoil and anxiety he is creating as if a most obnoxious teenager. He is feeding on it.
It certainly fits that he likes watching vids of sharks; they circle and flex, swagger and kill, no thinking, no remorse, nothing.
His relationship toward and need for his trashy rallies is shameful, horrifying.
This has all the moves of Fascism.
Here I quote the article above ….
“I heard he was a person that preferred me over others,” he said of Sayoc. “There’s no blame, there’s no anything.”
What !! ?? How immoral can any so-called ‘leader’ become? trump is indeed dangerous, the sooner this winds up the better. Utterly blind to know what is right or wrong.
I quote … The media have “a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endlessly hostility and constant negative and often times false attacks and stories,” he said at a campaign rally in Wisconsin. “No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often, all the time, got to stop, we should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property. … We must accept the verdicts of elections and remember America’s greatest achievements have always been those achievements we embark on together. End of quote.
Lies are trumps coinage and he thinks he can buy anything with them.
In actual reality (taking Fox out of the equation) the media, the Free Press have extended great patience to trump, he blatantly (again I use that word) swaggers contrary to all decency, truth and justice. He cares nothing for these things. Look who got elected! Witness the deceit and lies from Sarah Huckabee, the refusal to acknowledge any form of open questioning or honest analysis of this horrible situation. Outright Fascism and with hindsight promoted from an early stage of trumps tenure. Huckabee up at that podium will be an enduring image of this nasty regime.
As usual with trump the insults he hurls at others are actually most applicable to himself … lock her (himself) up, fake, false, crooked, the swamp etc. trump doesn’t care what he says as long as he can spout a ten second sound-bite and whip up the trouble-hungry and peeved faction he depends on as a voter base, he is riding them. What it is to live at an ordinary ‘regular’ level, to get along with ones neighbours and community and society, to develop and contribute, to serve, all are sorely absent from the trump mindset and the nasty society he would wish to encourage.
I fear how this will progress unchecked, this week we hear trump wants to end nuclear treaties, cosy with Putin in the White House, feels no horror at a crazy letter bomber, targets refugees, cuts Central American aid, trashes the Free Press, basks in his stage managed rallies.
I’ll use the same pic as used previously, it fits ….
Political cartoonists of centuries past would see the trump distasteful shenanigans as continuous bucketloads of manure ripe for growing yet more and more commentary. Reality being more absurd than anything they could invent.
James Gillray, William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson, George Cruikshank a role call of critical thinking, we can learn !
Apparently of CNN trump would like to portray as his arch-enemy and has spouted lots of hot air to the effect, lots of bile to whip up his rallies, but in reality as usual it is a most patient and carefully handled report. CNN cannot get any fairer than this. Notice how trump rides on the economic improvements from the Obama years. And of course loses no time in constantly telling everyone the mere presence of himself is a magic elixir to Economic Performance, when in fact as has been anecdotally proven he is clueless ie his off the cuff idea of printing more money to make a country richer! A clown, an inept among grown men, a conman, a very good snake-oil salesman, a showman. I also add pantomime dame, the ruthlessness of a shark and fascist dictator as per my previous notes here. All are valid, all are demonstrably true.
Take away the good economic figures which quite by luck were set in motion from the Obama years and all you have is destruction and retrograde activity, turning the clock back.
To use the venacular “It will come back to bite him on the arse” once trade tariffs, super-rich tax handbacks, no action on climate change and the numbers and lack of Policy with time reveal themselves. Nero fiddling hadn’t a patch on this !!
I hate to be critical, but cannot help but think more effort is needed, more insight, more depth in developing what is expected of her in this position, in other words it would be better to make more of an effort ie provide greater energy to her role.
‘Light touch’ is fair comment. But what a dilemma …..
This is outwardly a regresssion to the withdrawn hardly visible ruling and upper class of decades and centuries long gone. Yet what a difficult situation she inhabits with djt to placate. Nice to think there could be more outreach, more action on recognising those that need help, but with donalds so reckless destruction and hellbent nastiness it would ring so hollow. Would there be any point to it? She would also meet with widespread protest, appearances would have to be very skilfully stage managed, contrary to the opinion of djt his supporters I think are fewer in number than he would admit, hence the stage managed rallies. I personally as we say here in the north of England I would get ‘stuck-in’ to get active in the role as FLOTUS. One cannot help but merely think she wilfully re-inforces her husbands position. I dunno ….
Look at that term … ‘a paper doll – every outfit a costume’. Yup hard to realise anything other than. Its time to stop the pretence, brand ‘trump’ has done enough damage, gone far enough in its destruction, alienation and capricious bullshit.
I think we have given sufficient leeway and seen little of effort or real concern, or practical result. After all, look what she is married to….. a divisive nasty man.
In a sense its make or break time, if no real change is made then the cap is sealed, we know America is getting a mixture of gangster, deranged, fascist hoodlum for a President and his wife.
postscript … I still feel sorry for her as I did nearly two years ago when I heard that disastrous Inaugration Speech. It was dire, a totally out of sync message and a false take on what is real life. trump is like a magnet to the wrong sort of person, to absurd and disastrous ideas, drawn to him as iron filings. Perhaps on reflection Melania is in fact doing the best she can (no pun intended) as after all look who she is married to, it must not be easy having to be constantly mindful not to put a foot wrong. My wife grew up in a very difficult household, luckily moving to her grandmother as refuge; it was a mad household, drunkenness, violence, poverty and four small children shaking with fear, having to blank off the horribleness. Poor thing.
And as my wife said to me “It was like walking on eggshells”….
Little better than a wind-up clockwork toy, yet the GOP remains so silent, at least from what we glean from news in the public domain, but I bet theres some frantic cellphone tirades at the idiocy of what we see and hear. Its like a bunch of kids that have found a way too powerful motorbike, they can’t believe their luck or how powerful the thing sounds. Really, really, yes! So much is placed on an invented public profile, he gives ’em what they want to hear. Fascism always works in this way, riding a wave to power, yet it always goes wrong and I haven’t got the patience of fifteen years to see this work its way out again.
An instance yesterday, following the postal bombs trump at that evenings rally in a most hollow tone “We must behave ourselves” … even a child could see through that one, a most hollow tone. Yet he still launches into an ungrounded and idiotic kidney punch at the Free Press. Postal explosive devices in mainland USA are exceedingly rare, I suspect a dirty tricks department.
Here we see below the Fool intending to leave the room when he’s forgotten the task in hand.
A clever fool, think on the graded incremental approach in rhetoric, very finely judged, perfectly paced. Theres lots of chatter behind him, when a so-called President relies on cronies and ‘interested parties’ for influence then how can he ever in any shape or form be considered fit for Office. He feeds from his rallies, note the handpicked stooges to rear, all very clever but after all djt is a seasoned reality tv performer, likewise Ivanka.
Its Fascism straight and clear and I reckon his supporters would be hard pressed to define its meaning ie its loss of freedom, individuality, possibilities for self improvement, total eradication of anything pertaining to justice, decency, honesty and clear open thinking. All Fascism as it evolves its power and State control has always pandered to the perceived ills and sleights of the struggling working person or those in a precarious position. They like how he assaults established norms, authority. Its like “I’m gonna vote for that trump guy – he’s gonna give me what I want” …. and most certainly he will not.
postscript … these are indeed disturbing times. Increduously trump would like to angle for a news media that only spouts forth his own moronic ideals or those of his crooked old white men followers, GOP and otherwise. How can any form of voter base follow anyone that is so remote from real people, from reality? like taxes are not for him. Calling ‘home’ a gilded cage atop a skyscraper of his own making ? Or ‘home’ can be any number of golf courses and commoners being charged annually $400k to be allowed entry to Court. Never knowing the ordinary progresson of life, I would say in their new role inhabiting the White House ‘actors playing a part’ to the core. These are indeed strange people. Jareds father himself serving time for vote rigging aong other things. A strata of high income society that would better have remained concealed, djt in his imbecilic belief he had a chance at POTUS 45 has himself indeed turned over the rock and shown us all what crawls around beneath it.