How Trump’s impulses keep undercutting his political agenda


-I get credit. I don’t know if it’s true
or not. But they’re saying I have
good political instinct. Who knows? In fact, some people have said I have the greatest
political instinct in 50 years. I don’t think so.
I don’t think so. -President Trump has
this tendency to engage
with sort of minute things which aren’t necessarily
the most pressing things on his agenda
sort of objectively. -It looked like a million,
million and a half people. Get that son of a bitch
off the field. -That map that you
showed us today, it looked like it almost
had like a Sharpie. -I don’t know, I don’t know.
I don’t know. -He just can’t resist engaging
in those fights, oftentimes because
he seems to think that those fights serve him
well politically, but it tends to obscure the fact
that the administration is trying
to do a lot of other things, and those sort of get pushed
to the background. -Very fine people on both sides.
He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason
why it would be. -Send her back! Send her back!
Send her back! -Often it is simply
that he is incapable, perhaps physically incapable,
of not engaging in fights that he thinks serve him
politically. The default assumption,
we’ve learned over time, is that it is not something
that is being done in a calculated manner,
that it is instead his reacting to what he sees
in particular on Fox News. -The former FBI director’s
personal memos detailing private conversations
with President Trump contained top
secret information. -Closer to potential of
a horrible situation, certainly, with some kind of
military option being exercised. -Democrats like Congressman
Elijah Cummings attack officials, but what about the abandoned
homes, piles of trash, and high murder rate, well, in his own district
of Baltimore? -There’s this theory out there
that what President Trump does is he throws out some new fight in order to distract
from some other issue. And it certainly is the case
that at times Donald Trump recognizes
that he is able to redirect what the media is focused
on away from things that he might
be concerned about. But I think the default
assumption should be that that’s not what he’s doing. He likes to throw shiny balls
and chase shiny balls, and so does the media, and I think that sometimes
works to his advantage. I don’t think, though, that that
is necessarily something that he’s doing
intentionally.

Maurice Vega

9 Responses

  1. Phillip Bump, wow, another one who is going down the drain of "fake news". Let's make up a story instead of reporting actual news – let us entertain you.

  2. President Trump is right, he won the presidency on his first attempt at politics, and he did it on his instincts of what matters most to normal Americans.

  3. Trump only won because like Cortez said, the electoral college is racist. They were tired of Obama being in for 8 years they wanted a colonizer in as a replacement.

  4. Donald is a moron ! How anyone can respect or support this orange faced baboon is beyond comprehension. Someone translate that for t RUMP, he certainly won't be able to understand plain English. He truly is the most disgusting person in politics today and that includes Putin !

  5. When Trump is gone and the stories start coming out from behind closed doors concerning his quirks and foibles…we're going to be stunned at just how great his inability to do the job really was.

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