Memo to the President: Stop Saying Stupid Sh-t
Trump's endless cycle of inane insults is a significant obstacle to his agenda — he can be his own worst enemy.
“Ignorance will be the dupe of cunning; and passion the slave of sophistry and declamation.” —James Madison (1788)
In an off-the-record remark to his adoring DemoMSM propagandists in 2015, Barack Hussein Obama summarized his foreign policy guidelines: “Don’t do stupid sh-t.” Of course, that is all Obama did for eight long and disastrous years.
On that note, I am offering, free of charge, this public relations advice for President Donald Trump: Don’t post stupid sh-t.
Please. Seriously. Stop.
Since Mr. Trump announced his presidential candidacy, no week has passed when he has not said or posted something thoughtless, if not “yugely” absurd, which derails his political momentum. His endless loop of unforced gaffes send all of his handlers and backers into damage control mode and his endorsers into various states of buyer’s remorse.
Last summer, Mr. Trump’s family and senior advisers conducted an intervention of sorts, endeavoring to convince him to stay on message — focus on Hillary Clinton’s unmitigated corruption and her long record of domestic and foreign policy malfeasance.
Could he do it?
Of course not.
Every time Trump has taken a step forward, he inevitably, like clockwork, posts something mindless on social media and, thus, has taken a half-step backwards due to that unforced error.
We hoped he and his handlers who vet these posts (yes, most of them are vetted) would cease and desist after the primary, and then after the convention, and then after the election, and then after his inauguration, but the stupidity hasn’t stopped.
Within 48 hours after his primary victory last May, he had derailed the momentum with stupid social media posts.
Just 48 hours after his GOP convention remarks, he derailed the momentum with stupid social media posts.
Within 48 hours after his amazing upset over Hillary Clinton, he had derailed the momentum with stupid social media posts.
Just 48 hours after his presidential inauguration, he derailed the momentum with stupid social media posts.
Within 48 hours after his exceptional first address to Congress, he had derailed the momentum with stupid social media posts.
Yes, Mr. Trump is just five months into his first term, and arrived without an ounce of political polish — which can be one of his more appealing attributes. And yes, his administration pedigrees rival the conservative credentials of those nominated by Ronald Reagan. But Trump is most assuredly not the “great communicator” President Reagan was. Quite the contrary, and the continuing stream of mind-numbing social media posts is inexcusable.
Trump, arguably, has some pathological propensity for being his own worst enemy. His now infamously absurd, sophomoric and boorish social media posts betray everyone who endeavors to support him.
Can Trump stop the endless loop of stupid remarks and social media posts before he totally self-destructs and takes congressional majorities with him in the 2018 midterm elections?
Trump seems to believes he has as much control over the “Make America Great Again” script as he did managing the final cuts of his successful reality-TV scripts. For 10 years prior to his candidacy announcement, Trump hosted a very successful reality show, “The Apprentice.” For all those years, he controlled the script — what did and did not make it to air.
Now, apparently, Trump and his handlers are only gradually figuring out that the only control they have over how his words are going to be trumpeted by the the DemoMSM propaganda machine, is limited to controlling what Trump actually says or writes. His unfiltered off-script ramblings are often tactless when not outright asinine. Whether on stump speeches or when he takes Leftmedia bait, there is virtually no filter between Trump’s stream of consciousness and any live microphone (or social media feed) in his proximity.
Nowhere has the need for that restraint become more evident now than with Trump’s baiting of former FBI director James Comey in May. Then, Trump tweeted, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” That was a shot across Comey’s bow ahead of Comey’s illegal release to The New York Times, the contents of official memos he “recorded” about his conversation with Trump. Comey did release those memos a few hours after Trump’s remark, which the Trump administration had correctly anticipated.
In Comey’s Senate testimony earlier this month, which we detailed in “Comey v. Trump: Obstructing the Truth,” he offered a very convoluted explanation for leaking his official records to the press, suggesting it was Trump’s remark a few hours before that release which prompted him to do so. However, Comey had, clearly, already determine he was going to leak those documents and Trump’s shot across his bow was a preemptive strike. Comey then affirmed that his media leak was to prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor to further investigate Trump.
And some suggest Comey is not “political”?
Regarding Trump’s off-the-wall messaging, as political observer Salena Zito advised last year, “Take him seriously, but not literally.” But some of his remarks are so literally absurd that it is too much to ask that even his most ardent supporters take such assertions seriously.
And I should add here, that’s because words DO matter, as we asserted regarding the recent attempted murder of Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia. Donald Trump does Republicans no favors with social media posts which fuel the DemoMSM fires, and by extension, that of their leftist cadres.
President Trump’s domestic and foreign policy initiatives will be far more substantive than the feckless charades of Barack Obama, but only if he can implement his agenda. The DemoMSM is his greatest obstacle, and if he is too succeed, he must find the discipline to stay on message.
If he does so in a New York second from this moment, that will not be soon enough.