Donald Trump was at a rally in Milwaukee on Tuesday and gave an unhinged speech. But that’s not what has made headlines.
In his speech, the president went on a lengthy rant about electrical appliances, war crimes, and his hair (!) even going as far as suggesting that Joe Biden, the former Vice President, is experiencing memory loss. NPR said this political speech “ranged widely.”
What are people saying?
Vox’s Aaron Rupar was quick to note that this clip was exactly how media was subtly downplaying Trump’s behavior.
Trump counterprogrammed the Democratic debate with a really weird rally in Wisconsin https://t.co/oLfI46sBVy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 15, 2020
Explaining the phenomenon that’s normalizing “Trumpism,” media critic Eric Boehlert even explained in an email to Salon that news outlets are dangerously whitewashing the president’s “outrageous” behavior.
“The problem is that the media’s constant normalization of Trump is now in its fourth year, which means as his behavior gets more dangerous and hateful and radical, there’s no proper way to describe it, and to warn about it, within the mainstream press. News outlets have committed themselves to downplaying his outrageous behavior, whether it was the disturbing wheezing and slurring of words that marked his national address on Iran last week, or Trump literally depicting Democratic leaders as Muslim-looking Iranian sympathizers, as he did on Twitter this week.
Boehlert continued in his email:
Most of the press has made the collective decision to not only not aggressively highlight or condemn these types of actions, but to essentially look away from it. And yes, this was same press corps that couldn’t sleep at night during the 2016 campaign when Hillary Clinton made one passing reference belittling some Trump supporters as ‘deplorables.’ The dangerous double standard persists.”
This supposed “neutrality” is ironic as Trump calls the press the “enemy of the people.”
With all this, there’s one thing the “liberal media” could be doing. — According to Don Moynihan, a professor at Georgetown University whose expertise includes subjects like behavioral public administration, this is doing Trump a favor on the political stage.
Quoted in this thoughtful @ThePlumLineGS explanation of why "the media’s failure to adequately convey just how deeply corrupt and absurd Trump’s explicitly stated positions" serve to help him politically. https://t.co/eBw3dJLE4X
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) January 15, 2020