I haven’t posted since before Donald Trump was sworn into office. Personal reasons have caused me to remain on the sidelines. That’s not to say I haven’t been watching the events of the last seven months with amazement. The media hyperventilating, over astroturf protesters like ANTIFA and BLM. They even drug up the KKK and a few Nazis to sweeten the sauce. The major point of contention? Some statues of dead guys that some have been standing for over one hundred and fifty years. All over their being racist. When a pile of mortar and bronze can treat someone unjustly call me because I have to see that. Next week we will be able to read how somebody violently clashed with Little Sisters of the Poor over appropriate ways to wear their rosaries. I’m sure those sisters can trigger somebody somehow. This is nothing but fodder for a ratings grabbing disingenuous media disguised as a grass roots movement. Poorly disguised I might add. So that brings us to the actual subject. Media insanity. They are rapidly heading for their own padded rooms.
The media’s mistake is relying on only a few assumptions they make about Donald Trump. It’s what drives them and will eventually drive them to insanity.
The media relies on what they know about every other politician they have ever covered and assign those characteristics and motivations to Donald Trump. Once you put those assumptions aside everything Donald Trump does or says makes perfect sense.
Assumption number one. Donald Trump will face reelection in 2020 and what he does and says will set the tone to win that second term.
All politicians want to hold on to power through reelection but what if he doesn’t? What if Donald Trump has no intention of running for a second term? Why would he want to? Given his life before being elected and his age now why wouldn’t he just want to retire back to the very comfortable life he had before being elected? Given the way he’s been treated by the media, half the country and congress from both sides of the isle I would tell them all to go pound sand. I don’t need this. That’s not to say I don’t think a one term presidency was the plan from the beginning. It just adds to the decision. Enter Mike Pence. A much more moderate sensible and low key candidate who up until now has managed to escape nearly all scrutiny from anyone. You then have an incumbent administration still running but without the controversy of Trump. That would break the cycle of two terms then party switch every eight years. Pence could run for a second term in 2024. This is a game of long ball.
Assumption number two. Donald Trump has to protect his party and assist his party in mid term elections and down ballot races in 2020.
No he doesn’t. As far as the mid terms go the electoral landscape makes it nearly impossible for the GOP to lose the house or the senate in 2018. Of course it is theirs to lose if they don’t get at least some action going on the promises they made. If they do that they don’t need Trumps support. Trump has no allegiance to the Republican party or any members of the party. He wasn’t in the good old boy club that moved him up through the ranks and made him. He owes darn few of them a thing. He knows there is little difference between any of them anyway. They all have their price and he knows what it is. He’s paid it. The media wringing their hands over a dust up with McConnell is laughable. Trump doesn’t care. McConnell failed to deliver on the project. He has no use for him. How would reelecting him help?
Assumption number three. Donald Trump has to build bridges and make alliances to govern effectively. He can’t govern without good relationships.
Yes he can. Donald Trump doesn’t want to make laws. He sees that as the job of congress and rightfully so. President Trump would sign nearly anything a republican congress put on his desk. People have jobs to do. The only problem Trump has with congress is that they aren’t doing it. He is however an administrator who sees it as his duty to call out slackers. If he could say “your fired” there would probably be fifty empty seats in the senate chambers right now. This sets him apart from any past administration. He doesn’t feel the need to go off in the weeds over others responsibilities. He just expects it will be done. It’s their job after all.
Once the media realizes that Donald Trump is liberated from these three assumptions that they make about all politicians they will understand why they look the fools. Then they will realize that they are only being called out because Trump has no tolerance for fools. Until then they can continue down the path of insanity being triggered over their own foolish assumptions.