You may have heard, Donald Trump gave a speech to Congress on Tuesday night. It was long on rhetoric but short on detail. But he didn’t verbally abuse anyone and he managed not to yell, so most of that media that he so despises was impressed.
Apparently some at the White House are also surprised at the general reaction from the so-called-liberal-media, according to one media member, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa. On Wednesday morning Costa tweeted what some White House staffers are saying about the press’ reaction to the Orange Emperor.
Some sources in WH are frankly surprised at how pundits are warming to the speech. Say Trump has not changed, no big shift in policy coming.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 1, 2017
The first reaction Costa’s tweet got came from former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum, who mocked the pundits who have been heaping gushing praise on Trump.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) March 1, 2017
The feminist group RiotWomenn was much harsher in their critique of the media’s performance.
— RiotWomenn (@riotwomennn) March 1, 2017
David Gantly wondered whether pundits are now ready to start the love affair some have been wanting to have with Trump all along.
— David Gantly (@davegantly) March 1, 2017
Quite a few others had similar opinions.
@costareports We are all surprised at the pass they are giving him. The triumph of low expectations.
— Now You Know (@sunny_1429) March 1, 2017
@costareports Guess media shallow. Only went after Trump because he’s a ruffian, not due to policy
— Darren Hutchinson (@dissentingj) March 1, 2017
@costareports All the pundits want is for him to be Respectable. They’re fine with new departments to demonize immigrants, killing ACA, etc.
— Fluffynazgûl (@jkyles10) March 1, 2017
One reply reminded everyone that just hours before the speech, Trump was still being Trump:
— Amelia Mangan (@AmeliaMangan) March 1, 2017
But the most accurate description of Trump’s address, far more so than almost anything that has been said on air, came from anti-Trump former Republican Laura McGinnis, who said,
@costareports He’s an entertainer. He took a xanax, read script. It had a tearjerker scene he exploited.It got good reviews. End Scene.
— Laura McGinnis (@TxsleuthUSA) March 1, 2017
You knew the folks at Fox and the right-wing sites would all love what the God-Emperor had to say. But the kindness from some other outlets about a speech that recycled the same old Trump talking points with no new information is amazing. These guys do remember not so long ago, when Trump was calling them “the enemy of the American people,” don’t they?