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The Transfiguration of Donald Trump

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The American pundit class, with notable rare exceptions, deserves every bit of the contempt that Donald Trump heaps upon the political media in general.

Witness Van Jones, who is usually a better than average example of the species from what I’ve seen of him:

Shortly after President Donald Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress for the first time since taking the oath of office, CNN’s Van Jones called one particularly moving moment from the speech the real estate mogul’s most presidential to date.

Less than an hour after Trump honored the widow of a slain NAVY Seal, the Democratic commentator suggested that the commander in chief had officially begun to look the part.
“He became President of the United States in that moment, period,” said Jones, after the evening’s most emotional point was replayed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics,” Jones added. . .
Noting that he still often disagrees with the President, Jones admitted that Trump’s powerful moment shows he may be settling into the role.
“If he finds a way to do that over and over again, he’s going to be there for eight years,” Jones said.
Really, what can you say?  Trump shamelessly exploits a widow’s fresh grief, (eta: while lying even more shamelessly about the botched mission that killed several children along with her husband) in a thoroughly disgusting display of symbolic politics at its emptiest and most cynical, and pundits across the ideological spectrum swoon, because he’s suddenly “presidential.”  I guess this means he actually managed to read a speech written for him without doing one of his little riffs on Mexican rapists or black murderers or Islamic terrorists or women whose pussies he’d like to grab.

You cannot hope
to bribe or twist,
thank God! the
British journalist.

But, seeing what
the man will do
unbribed, there’s
no occasion to.

 

 

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