A New Trump? Social Media Punishes WaPo Reporter for Buying Another Fake Trump Pivot

Monday night Donald Trump interrupted America’s TV viewing with a speech that was supposed to address the war in Afghanistan. That war is presently the longest running war in American history. It has burdened two previous presidents with its complexity and lack of effective solutions. So it hardly seems likely that a totally inexperienced “leader” with no military background is going to find the way to victory and peace.

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Nevertheless, that’s what Trump talked about in his rambling speech. And despite the false bravado he exuded, he said almost nothing of substance. He described a commitment to defeating the terrorists without offering any hint of a strategy. He wouldn’t confirm the deployment of more troops. There was a promise to attack at some unspecified future. The whole speech could have been summed up in tweet saying “I plan to do something at some time, and then we win.” And that wouldn’t have preempted the latest episodes of American Ninja Warrior, or Bachelor in Paradise.

Trump’s speech was another of his more restrained adventures with the Teleprompter. He read cautiously and devoid of emotion, often placing emphasis on the wrong words. But this is what some in the media regard as a “presidential” demeanor. It often triggers a knee-jerk response to proclaim that Trump has finally grown into the job. Sadly, that’s never true. But that doesn’t stop some reporters from gushing over Trump’s occasional ability to read without spitting up. For instance, here is what Philip Rucker of the Washington Post wrote following the speech:

Really? What exactly is new about this? It precisely what he has done on prior occasions when he’s been in deep trouble over some stupid remark or action. It’s a tactic to change the subject from something controversial to something utterly hollow. In this case, Trump wants to distract people from his abhorrent defense of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville. But for Rucker to assert that there was anything of substance in that speech is puzzling. The Twitter community noticed this and was quick to respond:


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It’s long past time for the press to get over the notion that Trump is going to click his boot heels and become presidential. He’s a seventy-one year old narcissist who has only ever done and said whatever the hell he wanted. And every time the press has thrown out this nonsense about a pivot point they have been badly burned. Usually within a matter of hours. So stop it, already. Realize that Trump is Trump and no matter how frightening that may be, he isn’t going to change.


3 thoughts on “A New Trump? Social Media Punishes WaPo Reporter for Buying Another Fake Trump Pivot

  1. This is frustrating to any rational person. Trump reads the teleprompter and he’s presidential. Even worse, with Fareed Zakaria praising Trump for bombing an empty airfield. Jesus Christ.

    There is no presidential pivot. There never has been, and there never will be. He’s simply a 70+ year old racist, and if you expect him to change, then you are more incompetent at critical thinking than Trump is.

  2. Just how many “pivots” have to take place before the FucksPods FINALLY realize that all he’s doing is spinning in one place until he gets dizzier than usual?

    And how does defending a “war policy” that failed miserably when Dumya Bush pulled it constitute a “pivot” anyway? Besides, didn’t he once admit that his plan to defeat ISIS was getting his generals together and ordering them to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS?!!

    There is only one way to conduct a “war on terror”: take actions that don’t confirm their belief that they are only acting to protect themselves from OUR actions against them. A distinction that will mean diddly squat to a man more interested in proving his manhood than in serving the country he falsely claims to represent.

  3. Now that Trump has made his speech in Phoenix Arizona, we need to ask the media, especially the media who was saying how “Presidential” he was and what a “pivot” it is after Afghanistan.

    “Hows that pivot working out for him?”

    And we have to keep doing this over and over, and by this I mean, telling the media they were wrong about his pivot after they claim he has pivoted and then inevitably does something that shows he clearly hasn’t.

    How many times has this cycle repeated itself since his campaign?

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