It has become a running joke among those who know Donald Trump the best. His critics and haters are always one step behind this brilliant businessman’s calculations.
Trump is outwitting them at every turn. He is always one step ahead of them, even when it appears he has overstepped his own boundaries as president. He remains on a perch some 20 IQ points above any of the harshest bomb throwers.
He isn’t afraid of the media and outright challenges of their perceived authority. Last Saturday night at a gathering of veterans in Washington, he stood upon the pulpit, staring down at the media as he said, “I’m president and they’re not.”
He is all too aware of what his words mean. There is a method to President Trump’s madness, and yes, he is crazy like a fox. The frenzied media, provoked almost daily by Trump’s diatribe of Tweets, cannot tear this man down. They speculate about his mental health hoping to persuade others to doubt this man’s credibility.
The operative word is underestimating. They have been wrong for the last two years. Insanity’s definition is making the same mistake over and over again. That being true, what has the media done?
Trump’s arch enemies include media outlets from The New York Times to CNN. They have tried every time-proven gimmick to bring this man to his knees. But Trump continues to bait them with his Twitter account and bypassing their pious definitions and pronouncements. He has amassed an army of rock hard supporters who pay little heed to the once all-powerful arm of the Democratic Party; the mainstream media.
The president is provoking their instinctive liberal bias which undermines their self-important legitimacy. It energizes his voter base and keeps their commitment to him unwavering. It reviles the hateful press that this man is truly made of political Teflon.
The billionaire business mogul pokes and prods the media. He has millions of Americans laughing at his recent video of wrestling the CNN logo. Is it presidential? Probably not, but compared with the utter wrath of indignation and self-worth the pompous media portends, he becomes the great antidote of their righteous liberalism. Americans have always loved an underdog and the media, seemingly oblivious to their own actions, give him that role.
He is quite the opposite of their description of his actions. Trump knows exactly what he is doing. He is never spontaneous, reactive or improvisational as his critics think he is. A perfect example of this is his latest feud with the media involving MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzeinski.
Their show, “Morning Joe,” once was an oasis of intelligent and informed news commentary from both sides of the aisle on a network otherwise known for biased, opinionated hatemongering. But the pair of commentators crossed Trump, sending the refined message of the show’s uniqueness crashing into the gutter.
Trump is proficient at doing battle from that position; he fought back with an unflattering portrait of Brzeinski that befuddled the couple. Presidents are supposed to take the punishment, not dish it out, they thought.
Then there is CNN. It used to knock itself out to portray itself as a neutral alternative to MSNBC and Fox News. They have gone out of their way to patronize the left in search of the big ratings share. They are discovering it is hard times competing with MSNBC.
Trump is clearly out to destroy CNN. But that network’s outright hatred of him may burn them out without Trump’s repeated efforts. His mocking of them brings out the underlying fanaticism of their liberalism for the nation to view close up.
“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m president and they’re not,” Trump said Saturday. “The fact is the press destroyed them because they went too far. Instead of being subtle and smart, they used the hatchet and the people saw it right from the beginning.”
Like the man or hate him, he is right on the mark. The press used to be far more subtle about its liberalism. Now its zeal is over the top. Even independents have trouble trusting them. Trump’s followers fight on as they see their man out front leading the attack on far left liberalism they have held in disdain for decades without a vocal leader.
Trump is crazy like a fox. The media’s underestimation of this shrewd businessman is incredible. Trump has inspired an army of supporters to persevere. They had remained silent too long and now have the leader with the guts to fight the entrenched media and the Washington establishment.
The president may appear unsubtle. But in fact he recognizes subtlety because he practices it.