John, thank you so much for coming. Thank you very much, Michael. Among the community of pollsters, she is one of the most astute and one who actually understands religion.
Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.
It turns out the patient himself wrote it, according to Bornstein. He previously claimed he had written the letter. The only solid conclusion we can draw from this episode is that it is more evidence that Trump surrounds himself with lunatics.
But if the story were indisputably true, it would not be out of character for Trump — and his fans would shrug it off, as they shrug off every story about him.
Literally anything that you are currently criticizing anyone in public life for today, you would shrug off if it were about Trump. And so we are confronted with the phenomenon of journalists trying to explain, as they have tried to explain about so many stories before, that this story if true really says something alarming about Trump.
The plaintive tone of that headline must be endlessly amusing to the fiercest Trump supporters, for whom neither this story nor any conceivable story could possibly matter.
There is something pathetic in watching Cilizza pile up the reasons that any logical person would deem this is important, if true. The reasons are all perfectly rational and accurate. Trump will do or say anything to win no matter how unethical. Trump turns on literally everyone in the end.
All quite true, and all stated in a tone I recognize well: A similar move is made by the people who ask the eternal question: And I think I know why. Basically, there is a firehose of totally insane stories coming out about this guy almost daily, and it has been that way now for years.
When you are barraged with a daily firehose of insanity, sometimes all you want is to turn the hose off. There are any number of stories about him that would have been disqualifying for anyone else.
Complaining about immigrant labor hurting Americans while going out of his way to employ immigrants. Praising the massacre at Tiananmen Square.
Bursting into the dressing room of teenaged pageant contestants who were working for him to catch them naked. Paying porn stars six figures not to disclose that he had slept with them shortly after his son was born.
But it never happened. Some other crazy story came flying out of the firehose and the media ran and chased that like dogs chasing cars. This brazen and laughable and blatant lie never even came up in any of the debates. So now, a story comes out saying that Trump dictated an absurd-sounding letter for Doctor Counterculture to transcribe and sign his name to — and nobody cares.
What is the media supposed to do in this environment? What am I supposed to do? If evidence emerges that the president has engaged in pathologically grandiose and deceptive behavior, am I supposed to ignore it?
I wanted to talk about James Comey this morning. And, as desensitized to these stories as you are, you still want to read them. There, I said it.
You gain positive enjoyment from reading these stories, and then complaining that I am writing about them. I know this because I have tried not writing about Trump in the past, and people were uninterested in those posts. In late NovemberI made a personal decision to stop writing about Donald Trump.
I believed he was getting too much media attention and I wanted to counteract it in my own small way. I wrote about the election, but I did not mention Trump directly.
I kept this up, I believe, throughout December And a flood of comments came into that post — and they were all talking about Trump and his policy.
Finally we can talk about Trump! As I scroll down my page this morning, I see posts where Trump are currently garnering over comments in one case, and overin another. I know that people like me, who believe that Trump is unfit for office, morally, intellectually, and temperamentally, are concerned with the willingness of his supporters to cast aside norms, and disparage entire institutions such as the FBI in service of a single man.A few years ago, I wrote: I want to avoid a very easy trap, which is saying that ingroups vs.
outgroups are about how different you are, or how hostile you are. I don’t think that’s quite right.
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