Simple, In Every Sense Of The Word

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Memo to the media: IT'S BECAUSE HE'S AN IDIOT WITH POOR IMPULSE CONTROL.

You all know the pattern by now. You've seen it dozens of times. You understand what it is and why it is and for some reason you can't bring yourself to say it.

Trump says something or does something that's weird, dumb, or outside all reasonable political reality. Stories will come out about how his advisors and staff had no idea he was going to do that. Said advisors and staff then spend days trying to explain, rework, reframe, and explain what he did. And the media publishes dozens of articles and pundets spend dozens of hours wondering whether Trump's thing was part of a new strategy or mean a change oin the Trump administration's formal policy.

Here's a hint. It wasn't. There is no strategy, there is no formal policy. There's a guy inviting a mass murderer to the White House because dictators give him a boner and this particular authoritarian runs a country where there's a branded Trump Tower. That's it. There's nothing more there. There doesn't NEED to be anything more there.

Unless, of course, you need the system. You need there to be strategies and policies because your job is to pretend to analyze strategies and policies so that you can fill dozens of hours a day with authentic-sounding speculation. Then maybe you need to pretend there's more to Trump saying Andrew Jackson would have negotiated his way out of the Civil War if he'd lived sixteen more years than a complete ignorance of history and Trump's second-favorite President being not-coincidentally our most genocidal one.

I mean, look at this headline from the "liberal", "failing" New York Times that we're all supposed to subscribe to to be good people these days:

"Trump Follows Instincts, Not Establishment, With Overtures to Kim and Duterte"

That's incredibly generous. Even-handed to the point of denying reality. I mean, yes, it's anti-establishment to praise Kim Jong-Un and invite Duterte to the White house. But "establishment" is not automatically a dirty word. Calling Trump "anti-establishment" for something that's also "anti-common-sense" and "anti-human-rights" is not objective journalism. It is, and I don't give half a rancid shit how many journalists are tired of this complaint yet, normalization.

Normalization is more than just treating Trump like he's not outrageous. It's trying to shove his actions and decisions into the familiar context journalists and pundits operate in so that they can maintain their own semblance of normal reality. That's what we're getting a lot of these days, and it's not fucking helping.