Are you surprised Donald Trump used incendiary language about immigrants in an Oval Office meeting? Are you surprised he’s hard-lining the issue that set him apart in the presidential primary? Are you surprised he’s turned the Oval Office into an MMA Octagon? (Alright, maybe that’s a bit much, but you get the point.)
The bottom line in this whole latest “end of the world” moment in the Trump White House is that it really doesn’t have a long-term effect on anything. Let’s review:
- President Trump says something outrageous.
- Democrats and east coast media lose their minds.
- Trump strengthens his position with his base.
- He eats a cheeseburger and watches news to feed his ego.
Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
Do Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer really think they’re changing hearts and minds by holding a dozen media availabilities to show how “deeply offended” they are by what the President said?
Do Tom Cotton or David Perdue have any soul that hasn’t been mortgaged to the devil to blatantly play politics on TV and say they didn’t hear Trump use “that word,” but completely leave out the fact the word they were told they heard was “s#!thouse.”
Does Lindsey Graham really realize his hypocrisy? The same guy who called Mexico a “hellhole” is throwing a fit to get on TV.
We need to understand that this President is going to say outrageous things to start all discussions as far from the eventual middle ground as he can. And, in reality, is he really going to veto a funding bill that doesn’t have money for his silly wall?
Policy needs to be handled by people who know policy. The President isn’t one of them. So, let the workhorses work and let the Trumphorses do whatever their ego needs. But let’s stop ourselves from getting caught up in the bluster.
Patrick Pfingsten is an award-winning journalist, political consultant, and PR expert. You can find him on Twitter @pfingsten1 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.