Many in the political news media giving President Trump credit for striking a “softer tone” in his congressional address on Tuesday. So what? Essentially every article which leads that click-bait tag begins with the change of tone only to transition to the fact that nothing has really changed.
President Trump’s speech was very much a return to his campaign pledges. Pledges which angered Democrats and divided Republicans. This was following a day in which the President blamed generals for a special forces raid in Yemen which resulted in the death of a Navy SEAL, suggested recent threats and attacks on Jewish synagogues and community centers were false flags, and blamed President Obama for promoting leaks and protests.
Furthermore, that touching tribute to the fallen Navy SEAL, William “Ryan” Owens, which many have described as the best moment of the President’s address was also manipulative, dishonest, and angered a lot of veterans.
It is also worth noting that despite a “softer tone” the address failed to win the support of Democrats and did little to unite the Republican Party. In other words, President Trump is simply getting credit for acting “presidential”.
That doesn’t require praise, that’s the job.
How low has the bar been set? The President has continually attacked the credibility of news outlets while simultaneously barring those outlets from the White House briefing room. Yet he gets credit for being presidential?
The same message delivered with a different tone which accomplishes nothing is simply re-gifting. A shiny new bow doesn’t change what’s inside.
Donald Trump’s “softer tone”? That’s fake news.
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