President Trump says and tweets outrageous things.
This leads to the media picking up on some of the more ridiculous moments during White House meetings and amplifying them. Which leads to more of this:
The unseriousness of the current political climate should trouble us greatly, especially when we are talking about such serious topics as impeachment and abuse of office.
Nothing is going to change the way Trump fights and angles for advantage. He abuses where he can get away with it, but in his public statements, he goes over the top for one reason:
Trump gets no respect.
From the time he came of age in New York real estate, his father’s business contacts didn’t respect him. NYC Mayor Ed Koch didn’t respect him, but found him useful at times. Celebrities found Trump engaging but didn’t respect him.
Now, the media, the political class, and at least half the nation doesn’t respect him. If Trump was not so over the top in his message, he’d be dismissed. In fact, during the 2016 campaign, if Trump had not been so entertaining and enraging to the left, he’d have been dismissed completely.
Let’s understand why the president is punching up and down on Rep. Adam Schiff. Schiff is in fact is a political hack and is comfortable breaking House rules, stabbing Speaker Pelosi in the back to benefit himself, and conducting a non-inquiry media show to harm Trump without a single shred of legal authority behind it.
Schiff is all the things Trump says he is, but nobody would listen to the president if he merely said that. So he has to say “Treason!”
Then instead of dismissing him, they cover the facts because they have to in order to cover the president’s outrageous remarks. This is no different than the “Golden Escalator” speech in 2015 when Trump came out talking about Mexican rapists coming over the border. The border is an important political topic but nobody would listen to Donald J. Trump, New York real estate huckster, talk about it.
They will listen to Trump’s outrageous statements however.
It’s how Trump communicates his message, because it’s the only way he knows how.
And he’s not wrong in that sense, because all of the Americans who hear the message, apart from the outrageous package, understand that they’ve been dismissed and ignored and afforded no respect from the same people who’s dumped on Trump his whole life.
The sooner the D.C. and media crowd get this (and some do but cannot publicly admit it), the more they can deal with Trump and dial down the idiocy.
It needs to happen, because right now, there’s a good chance we will be dealing with this unseriousness in a serious way for a long time.