Here’s One of the Main Things the Media Needs to Change When Covering Trump

By now nothing Donald Trump says or does should surprise anyone. Just when you think he can’t go any lower, or act any more deplorable — he proves you wrong.

Once upon a time, there was hope among some — even a few of his critics — that if he won, he’d become more moderate and level-headed. The hope was that most of his radical, unhinged rants he went on during his campaign were a show. However, as “president,” he’d conduct himself in a more professional manner befitting the presidency.

Those people were living in denial.

Why anyone thought Trump would change is mind-boggling. He’s been a bottom-feeding, insecure, corrupt, petty scumbag his entire life.

Without a doubt, Donald Trump is one of the most dishonest and despicable human beings I’ve ever witnessed. I’ve met pathological liars before, but I’ve never seen someone lie how Trump does. This is someone who lies so egregiously that I really do question his mental health. I’ve never known anyone who lies in such a way that I don’t feel as if the reality in which I’m living is the same one in which they are.

Well, the main topic I wanted to discuss here is how many in the media continue to make the mistake of giving Trump credit for “a good, presidential speech” whenever he gives one where he reads something that was written by someone else.

Stop it.

All politicians, especially the president, give speeches that are written by other people. That’s nothing new. However, those speeches usually aren’t all that different from remarks those individuals might make when they’re forced to speak for themselves, using their own words.

Sure, there might be some slight deviations, but a speech Barack Obama, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, or Mitch McConnell gives that someone else wrote won’t be too different from what they’ll say if they give an interview later on.

Yet that’s not the case with Trump.

When Donald Trump gives a speech where he’s reading words someone else wrote for him, it’s pointless to put much thought into what he said. If you want to know what Trump really thinks about something, wait until he uses his own words during an interview or monitor his nearly daily morning Twitter rantsthat’s the real Trump.

Whenever his response is delayed, it’s because those around him are having to convince him that he needs to say or do something. Such as Charlottesville where, unlike his normal instant Twitter rants, it took him hours to respond to chaos that triggered a state of emergency in Virginia.

Even still, when he finally did make a statement, he failed to call out white nationalists, the KKK, or Nazis by name. It wasn’t until two days later, after mounting public pressure, that Trump finally singled these hate groups out. I feel it’s important to mention that when he finally did call these groups out, he was reading a speech written by someone else.

As always, the media was quick to praise Trump for giving a good speech. Well, that praise only lasted a few hours as the real Trump came out the very next day. Once again, Trump blamed both sides for the violence, claimed that there were some “good people” among the KKK and Nazis, and condemned the “alt-left” for showing up to protest against these horrific groups of people.

The real Trump was also seen in Arizona where he gave one of the most dictator-like speeches I’ve ever seen him give. This wasn’t a typical “presidential speech” about policy. This was a hate-filled pep rally Trump staged to attack the media, both Arizona senators, call protesters “thugs,” misrepresent what he actually said about Charlottesville, and feed his own ego.

Following his speech, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called into question Trump’s mental health, while Katie Couric said his speech made her “afraid for her country.”

I don’t like to give Trump credit for much, but if there’s one thing he’s made abundantly clear, it’s that if you want to know what he’s really thinking, don’t pay attention to the speeches he gives where he’s reading words written by other people — just wait for him to use his own words.

Whether those words come via a meltdown on Twitter, a circus-like press conference, or a dictator-style rally he put together, if Trump really cares about something, he is going to tell you what he thinks.

So, please, mainstream media, stop acting as if prepared speeches written by someone on Trump’s staff matter. It’s obvious that what people tell him to say, and what he really thinks (and pushes for behind the scenes), are rarely similar.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the media should stop covering his speeches, both scripted and unscripted. All I’m saying is that it’s time the press stops acting as if practically anything Trump says when he’s reading words written by someone else should be taken seriously — because it shouldn’t be.

To know Trump’s true thoughts on something, just look at what he says (or doesn’t say) on Twitter, how long it takes him to respond to something, and what he says when he’s using his own words, not those written by someone else.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter or Facebook to let me know what you think.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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