I’d Like to Address the Media’s Pathetic Response to Donald Trump’s Speech in Front of Congress

As most people reading this are probably aware, Donald Trump gave his first big speech in front of Congress on Tuesday night. And, like clockwork, because he didn’t fling poop at his critics in Congress who attended, many within the media have been rushing to praise how “presidential” he looked.

This is what sickens me about how a lot of the media treats Trump. He’s such an awful person, and expectations for him are so incredibly low, that all he really has to do is not be who he really is, and he instantly gets praise heaped upon him as a “strong leader who looked every bit the part of a president.”

Spare me.

What we saw last night was a reality TV star and con man stand in front of Congress reading a speech someone else wrote for him. A man who then used the widow of fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens as a political prop knowing that doing so would create a moment that would, inevitably, improve a rapidly sinking approval rating.

Look, I get it, presidents rarely write their own speeches. Nearly every amazing speech Obama gave was written by a team of people who put it together for him. The difference here is, without prepared speeches, Obama didn’t say one horrific thing after another. Barack Obama could give an interview, speech, or make public comments that were still well thought out, intelligent, thoughtful, and not remotely controversial even without reading a prepared statement.

Trump can’t. 

While the media focuses on the scene with Owens’ widow, they seem to have forgotten that his father refused to meet with Trump because he wants an investigation into what happened during the botched raid that took his son’s life. An investigation Trump has criticized and congressional Republicans (you know, the people who spent years investigating Benghazi) don’t seem remotely interested in.

The media seems to have forgotten about Trump skipping intelligence briefings or the fact that he wasn’t in the Situation Room for the first military operation he ordered as the leader of this country.

While they praise that this was the moment he became president, they seem to forget about comments he made earlier where, instead of taking responsibility for the failed mission, he effectively blamed military leaders and the Obama administration:

“This was a mission that was started before I got here,” Trump said. “This was something they wanted to do. They came to see me, they told me what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected — my generals are most respected we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”

The media also seems to be glossing over the fact that before he introduced the widow of Ryan Owens, he made sure to mention how “successful” of a mission it was — even though it was a complete disaster. Instead of simply introducing her to be honored, he made sure to mislead everyone by claiming that his failed mission which cost her husband his life was a “success.”

Because that’s “presidential.”

Then again, that’s what we should expect from a man who never takes the blame for anything. When the video came out where he bragged about being a sexual predator, he “apologized,” then instantly began saying that other people he knows in government have said much worse. Instead of simply admitting Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, he pushed unfounded conspiracies about “millions of illegal votes.” When he lied about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating 9/11 in New Jersey, he claimed the media was covering up the evidence. Any time any negative report comes out about him, he screams “FAKE!,” “RIGGED!,” and hurls insults at whoever’s calling him out.

In the media’s praise of Trump being able to read a prepared speech, while honoring the widow of a fallen American hero, they seem to have forgotten that he attacked Gold Star parents, mocked POWs, then used veterans as political props last year to deflect criticism after he skipped a GOP primary debate.

See, those were all things Trump did on his own, when he didn’t have someone writing his words for him or a staffer telling him what he needed to do.

In their rush to heap praise on Trump, the media seems to have forgotten that this is a man who sent tweets out at 3 a.m. slandering a former Miss Universe by telling his followers to look up her non-existent sex tape; lashed out at a union leader who called out his exaggerations on the number of jobs “saved” with Mike Pence’s Carrier deal; and stood in front of a CIA memorial for agents who’ve died defending this country and gave a speech largely centered around himself, his attacks on the media, and how “big” his election victory was.

They seem to have forgotten that this is the same man who, just a few weeks ago, degraded our intelligence agencies, and in turn our spies who risk their lives for this nation, by attacking their credibility, while heaping praise on Russia, the enemy they say attacked the United States.

As hate crimes rose, especially those against Jews, he remained mostly silent. Even on a day meant to honor the victims of the Holocaust, his speech lacked a single mention of the Jewish people. An omission that was not only cheered by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but defended by Trump and his administration.

But this is how it always goes with Trump.

During the election I wrote an article where I said Trump could lose a debate to Clinton, but still be declared the “winner,” by simply not acting as terrible as we all know he is.

Because Trump has prove himself, time and time again, to be such a deplorable person, not being disgusting for one speech often earns him days worth of praise for “looking presidential.” It’s a lot like bragging about a bratty, petulant child who throws massive hissy fits on a daily basis when they don’t get what they want because they were bribed by their parents to behave in front of a large group of people.

Now little Donnie, if you behave and act like a good boy in front of all those people, instead of screaming, crying, and hurling insults at everyone like you normally do, the next day everyone will brag about you and your approval numbers will go up. 

It’s nauseating.

This is how he ended up getting elected in the first place. The standards by which he’s been judged, even among other Republicans, are based upon a completely different set of rules than everyone else. While someone like Hillary Clinton was forced to answer for mistakes her husband made, or President Obama was blamed for policies from the Bush administration, Trump isn’t even held accountable for things he’s done.

Did he deliver a good speech? Sure. Was the moment where he honored the widow of Ryan Owens touching? Of course it was. Do I believe he was authentic or meant what he said? Absolutely not.

He’s still wanting to waste billions on a pointless wall; ban Muslims; give the rich massive tax cuts; allow members of the LGBT community to be discriminated against; end the right for women to have control over their own bodies; gut the EPA; denies climate change; open up national parks to fracking; strip health care away from millions; praises an enemy that attacked us; attacks our First Amendment almost daily; and a whole host of other horrific things he’s planning on doing.

When Donald Trump starts to behave like a rational, mentally-sound adult who can show others respect when he’s not being forced to or reading words written by someone else, then I’ll start giving him some credit.

Until then, it’s the moments where Donald Trump acts like exactly who he is that display his true values — or should I say, lack thereof.

A self-admitted sexual predator who pushes conspiracies, bigotry, racism, hate, lies, who praises an enemy, attacks our own intelligence officials, and wants to rule like a dictator.


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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