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 Leftmedia 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 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, sophomoric, if not “yugely” absurd. His endless loop of unforced gaffes send all of his handlers and backers into damage control mode and many of his supporters and endorsers into various states of buyer’s remorse.
At The Patriot Post, we have long had an rule when responding to idiots and agitators: “Don’t swap spit with a jackass.” Donald Trump should adopt that policy.
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 Mr. Trump has taken a step forward, he inevitably, like clockwork, posts something mindless on social media and takes a half-step backwards.
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.
Ad infinitum… Ad nauseam…
Yes, Mr. Trump arrived at the White House without an ounce of political polish — which can be one of his more appealing populist 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, nor does he possess Reagan’s presidential character. 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 and boorish social media posts betray everyone who endeavors to support him and the important agenda he, ostensibly, wants to advance.
When he follows social media posts on a serious issues like conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and with China and North Korea, or natural disasters and terrorist attacks, etc., with impulsive petulant posts, the latter demean and devalue the former. Worse, the spiteful and personal attack posts tend to elevate and give legs to some issue that should otherwise wither and die.
Likewise, his nescient social media posts tend to derail by distraction, any political momentum or traction he has on serious agenda issues like replacing ObamaCare, or dealing with the fake news Trump-Putin collusion claims, or responding to the growing threat of Leftist domestic terrorism.
Can Trump stop the endless loop of stupid remarks and social media posts before he self-destructs and takes congressional majorities with him in the 2018 midterm elections?
He 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.
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 Demo/MSM 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.
Regarding Trump’s off-the-wall messaging, as political observer Salena Zito advised last year, America should “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 attempted mass murder of Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia. Donald Trump does Republicans no favors with social media posts, which fuel the Demo/MSM fires, and by extension, that of their leftist cadres.
President Trump’s domestic and foreign policy initiatives are far more substantive than Barack Obama’s feckless charades, but only if he can implement his agenda. The Demo/MSM is his greatest obstacle, and if he is too succeed, he must find the discipline to stay on message – and that means stop saying and posting stupid sh-t.
If he does so in a New York second from this point forward, that will not be soon enough.