Being conservative and having Donald Trump for your president is pretty much the opposite of having Ronald Reagan. Where Reagan was full of class and fought back well when he had to, Donald Trump is on the wrong side of the sticks and stones debate. He thinks that words are the weapon of choice and frequently wields them with the intent to wound. When it comes to presidential rhetoric, Donald Trump is a boor. That’s just a fact. It’s silly to argue otherwise.
It’s even sillier to have a presidential spokesperson standing on a podium defending the president in a situation like this one. What’s the point? The only one who can defend the comments is him. Why would a reporter even bother to ask a spokesperson about it? And why would the spokesperson bother to answer?
How should we go about discussing it? Should I post that I disapprove of his comments? Should others? Isn’t it basically obvious? If anyone defends his remarks with regard to a television host’s purported facelift, then they expose their own lack of class. Look, we’ve hit upon a self-evident truth!
These days we sometimes talk about signal versus noise. We’ve gotten the signal. It’s not the first time. Donald Trump lacks class and restraint. That’s known. I’m not sure why we need belabor the point. If we choose to have a national freak-out every time the president tweets badly, I contend we’ll just waste our time and satisfy a lot of emotional needs. We’re endlessly thrashing about in an ocean of noise.
The whole thing makes me think of my wife’s approach to behaviors she disapproves of from our kids (and sometimes even from me). She just refuses to acknowledge it. She calls it extinction. My suggestion is that we just extinguish the behavior from the president by refusing to acknowledge it. But that won’t happen because there are points that need to be scored. I get it.
Every second we spend fussing over a non-event like this Mika Brzezinski blow-up is still less time spent talking and thinking about real policy. The hotter the president runs, the cooler the rest of us need to be.