Stalin-Like War On Press Continues As Donald Trump Cracks On National Television

It must be mighty hot and stressful in the White House as Donald Trump begins to realize the enormity of the loss which the Republican Party suffered as the Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives.   Is there any wonder why Trump last night watched the returns with two of his personal attorneys?

This morning Trump did what any sound handler would have strongly advised against, given what they were dealing with as it relates to his mental stability. One can almost see the expressions on their faces as Trump stood before the press for roughly 90 minutes, coming unglued minute, by minute.  It was not long before Trump was losing his cool and snapping at reporters.

A reporter asked a fair and important question about whether Trump’s embrace of the “nationalist” label is an embrace of “white nationalism.” Trump replied by saying, repeatedly, “That’s such a racist question,” and then added, “What you just said is so insulting to me.”

First, and foremost, the question was legitimate.  Trump’s words and actions make it legitimate. But even if it was not who the heck cares if Trump is insulted on national television.  After all, he has been insulting our intelligence for years.

Again and again today it was clear Trump doesn’t have a gracious bone in his body. He twists and brags almost to the point that the only word which describes his actions is infantile. Trump will tell you he is never wrong, or responsible for anything amiss.  He even threatened the House if they undertake their constitutional responsibility of oversight.  He seems truly ignorant of the separation of powers in our Constitution.

What today’s performance underscored is the very thing his handlers did not want to showcase.  That is how very much Trump is now a weak holder of the Oval Office while pretending to be strong.

His attacks on the press are akin to the words from Stalin.  Today Trump was asked by Jim Acosta of CNN why he characterized the migrants as an invasion?  Trump said, “because they were a invasion”.  When Acosta challenges that answer a press aide grabs the microphone.  One has to seriously ask how more authoritarian Trump needs to become for his followers to smell the coffee.  (By the way there is a very large strong pot on today following an all-night election in our state.)

Then Trump said, “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. You’re a very rude person. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible.”

(Well that is because Huckleberry is horrible at her job as White House Press Secretary.  Next question.)

CNN has since issued a response to what transpired today.

“This President’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American. While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”


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