As always, President Trump has an uncanny knack for giving his journalistic critics plenty of ammunition.
But man, a lot of the media pretend it was a national tragedy that a sick president got discharged from the hospital.
My eyeballs hurt from seeing all of the negative news.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid described Trump’s appearance on the Truman balcony as a “Mussolini moment”.
CNN’s David Gergen, usually the meekest man, said he “practically feels like a madman”.
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CNN morning host John Berman complained when a producer ran the B-roll of Trump’s balcony appearance: “Take it off please, don’t even put it on the big screen! Please take it off because this will kill people. “
I know this sounds crazy in the current environment, but shouldn’t the country be delighted that a sick president has improved enough to leave Walter Reed? Couldn’t the experts at least pay lip service to the fact that this is better than turning it for the worst?
When CNN’s Jim Acosta says on Twitter that Trump is the “coronavirus-in-chief,” there really isn’t much attempt to hide instinctive opposition to him.
Yet Trump hasn’t done much to help himself since leaving the hospital, presumably with the support of the medical team.
The president’s video was initially only about himself. According to several reports, this contradicted the hopes of his staff that the virus would enable him to show empathy for those affected.
Instead, he said, “I’ve learned so much about coronavirus. And one thing is for sure, don’t let yourself be dominated. Don’t be afraid of it. You will hit it. We have the best medical equipment; We have the best drugs – all recently developed – and you will beat it. “
He went on to say that he “feels better than 20 years ago … don’t let it take over your life. Don’t let that happen. “And he compared it again to the flu.
Well, as journalists have pointed out, the average person does not have access to a top notch battalion of doctors and state-of-the-art equipment like a president or has a medical unit in their home. “You’re going to beat it” must sound hollow to the families of the 210,000 Americans who died. And the virus can cause long-term damage to some survivors. It sounded like the president was minimizing Covid-19 again.
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There was a new line of reasoning for those who believe Trump and many of his top aides contracted the virus by not wearing masks, not practicing social distancing, and attending crowded White House events: “I knew it there is a danger but i had to do it. I stood in front; I lead.”
What provoked even more visceral criticism was that the President from South Lawn went up the stairs, posed on the balcony, whipped off his mask, saluted, and then strode into the mansion.
“What a bunch of cops,” said Chris Cuomo on CNN, who has stopped beeping the word.
First, taking off the mask sent a message – largely because Trump was entering a residence full of employees who may have been exposed to him. An unnamed White House official told Axios the move was “insane” and will turn 1600 Pennsylvania into a “cesspool”.
And second, Trump didn’t look good on the balcony when a photographer hovered nearby, even in full makeup that someone had to come close to him to apply. He winced in pain. His breathing was difficult and led to the Drudge banner “GASPING FOR AIR”.
But there is a difference between criticism and chastisement, between aggressive journalism and antagonistic journalism. The press has a right to be skeptical about Trump’s health after all the incomplete and misleading statements. But what much of the country is seeing is a group of people who look unhappy that even though the country’s leader is not “out of the woods” as his doctor put it, he is out of the hospital.