The past week had vividly demonstrated Trump’s True colors and constituents – White Nationalists and Putin. Trumps pattern of behavior was documented in an editorial in todays New Your Times.
My question is why, with the exception of the New York Times, is the news media not calling Trump out. They interview Trump at great length and never, never, question his behavior. Why are they afraid to call him out?
It’s become a pattern: President Trump says something outrageous. He later grudgingly retracts his statement, or members of his administration retract it on his behalf. And then he quickly undermines the retraction. It happened with the attacks by white supremacists in Charlottesville and with other race-baiting issues. This week alone, the pattern has been visible multiple times, on Russia and NATO. So what explains it? What could Trump possibly be accomplishing with this blatant dissembling? Something important and devious, actually. He is sending two different messages, each intended for a different audience.
With the initial statement, he’s talking to his primary audience. Often, that audience is his political base, and Trump is signaling that he’s with them: He, too, is a white nationalist, or at the very least he’s sympathetic to them. He believes that dark-skinned people live in miserable countries, that Mexicans are rapists, that Muslims should be banned from America and that some white supremacists are “very fine people.” Over the past week, for whatever reason, Trump’s primary audience has seemed to be Vladimir Putin. Trump repeatedly sent messages that Putin must have liked — that NATO is a mess, that Russia didn’t interfere in the election and that the Trump administration would consider handing over an American citizen to Putin’s government for questioning.
Another quote – from the Hive:
Good morning! It was yet another temple-scratching day in the Hive newsroom, dear reader, as the Russophilic leader of the free world continued to vacillate about what he did, or didn’t, mean in Helsinki with all the candor and credibility of a hostage reading a ransom note.