Trump's Phoenix rally

August 23, 2017

At his rally in Phoenix last night, President Trump was back in full-on campaign mode, serving up more red meat than a Texas barbecue joint. He strongly defended his love for all Americans of all backgrounds, and went after the media tooth-and-tong for its attempts to depict him as a racist and KKK sympathizer. He recounted his exact words in response to the violence in Charlottesville and smacked down his critics by name, including dismissing the Washington Post as a lobbying tool for Amazon.com (it’s now owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a major Trump opponent.) He said there are bad people in the media who don’t like America and are more interested in ratings than the truth, blamed them for stirring up divisions in the country, and mocked them for turning off the cameras as he called them out.

It will be claimed that it’s unpresidential or counter-productive to attack the media so vociferously. But Trump obviously believes that the media are so biased against him that nothing will ever change it, so he might as well not even try to curry their favor. Instead, he’s doing what he did during the campaign: using Twitter and rallies to go around them and take his case directly to the people. You can be skeptical of whether that will work, but as he pointed out last night, he’s living in the White House. That was something the media thought they had the power to prevent.


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Trump’s speech was so long that if you don’t have time for the whole thing, Independent Journal Review has edited some of the highlights by topic. I've broken them out by category here:

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Naturally, outside the Trump event, there were protesters. They made their intellectual point that Trump must go by throwing bottles at police, who offered a response involving tear gas canisters. See the video here.

WATCH HERE

Anchor/opinionator Don Lemon was described as “quietly losing his mind after the Trump rally” (I might argue with both the adverb and the timing mentioned in that description) over Trump’s attacks on his employer, CNN. Trump bashed the media for misrepresenting his comments about Charlottesville to paint him as being soft on white supremacists,which he refuted by reading back his exact statements as part of a timelime. Lemon accused him of attempting to “rewrite history.”

We have reached a strange place in history, indeed, when someone who reads exact quotes in chronological order is accused of rewriting history by a media outlet that makes excuses for people who smash monuments to historical figures they don’t like. Liberals, please make up your mind: is rewriting history a good thing or a bad thing? Or is it only good when you do it?


FOR MY EXTENDED THOUGHTS ON CHARLOTTESVILLE I HOPE YOU WILL READ THIS.

"Charlottesville"


I hope you will leave me a comment below. I read them!

Comments 6-10 of 14

  • sharon ruetz

    08/24/2017 10:52 AM

    On Palm Sunday the people were praising Jesus as the very good leader they wanted and needed. One week later their "leaders", feeling threatened, had whipped the people into a frenzied mob yelling "Crucify Him." They did it to Jesus, they won't hesitate to do it again to anyone who threatens their position.

  • Kim Parrish

    08/24/2017 05:49 AM

    Thank you for sharing. God bless your family.

  • Connie L. Bickel

    08/23/2017 10:51 PM

    I certainly agree with you, Mike. You have my support on anything you do.

  • Barbara Fenkner

    08/23/2017 08:07 PM

    Did you hear Wolf Blitzer say, regarding Trump's speech last night, " Many are calling it a very divisive speech." How is that straight news? And what does "many" mean? And what does it imply? If many thought it was, then many also thought it wasn't. Right?
    Thanks for continuing to right the wrongs. I am missing Sarah.

  • Linda Ward

    08/23/2017 07:00 PM

    While I agree with the fact the media loves roasting Pres. Trump, he gives them so much red meat to roast. Just the night before, he made an outstanding speech on why he has faith in and trusts his generals on Afghanistan, then he shows us the exact opposite statesman who is loud, name calling, and out of control. He has not self control when he gets in front of a rally crowd and turns into someone I do not like. He's won the election, he does not need to relentlessly go after his "enemies." HE STEPS ON HIS OWN POSITIVE MESSAGING EVERY SINGLE TIME! I think he lost a golden opportunity to really put Charlottesville debacle to rest by going "off script" and rehashing the media's coverage of his response and then his own terrible new conference on Tuesday. He is so unpredictable and clearly does not follow the advice of his staff. He should have been a statesman who made it absolutely CLEAR he does have any affiliation with or condone ANY hate group, and that the DOJ is/will go after such groups vigorously when they clearly break laws. His tone and sarcasm makes him looks small, petulant and non-believable. Then today and completely different tone and attitude about healing this country! He needs desperately to get control of his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality. Personally, I doubt he can or has the desire to...which is quite sad and I believe it will end his presidency and he can blame no one but himself. By the way, I voted for him, but he's losing my support mostly because of his impulsive, "mean" tweets; but also because he just can't stop stepping on his own message and follow the lead of his outstanding team, and handle things like adults...privately!

Trump's Phoenix rally

August 23, 2017

At his rally in Phoenix last night, President Trump was back in full-on campaign mode, serving up more red meat than a Texas barbecue joint. He strongly defended his love for all Americans of all backgrounds, and went after the media tooth-and-tong for its attempts to depict him as a racist and KKK sympathizer. He recounted his exact words in response to the violence in Charlottesville and smacked down his critics by name, including dismissing the Washington Post as a lobbying tool for Amazon.com (it’s now owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a major Trump opponent.) He said there are bad people in the media who don’t like America and are more interested in ratings than the truth, blamed them for stirring up divisions in the country, and mocked them for turning off the cameras as he called them out.

It will be claimed that it’s unpresidential or counter-productive to attack the media so vociferously. But Trump obviously believes that the media are so biased against him that nothing will ever change it, so he might as well not even try to curry their favor. Instead, he’s doing what he did during the campaign: using Twitter and rallies to go around them and take his case directly to the people. You can be skeptical of whether that will work, but as he pointed out last night, he’s living in the White House. That was something the media thought they had the power to prevent.


Commentary continues below advertisement


Trump’s speech was so long that if you don’t have time for the whole thing, Independent Journal Review has edited some of the highlights by topic. I've broken them out by category here:

READ MORE

Naturally, outside the Trump event, there were protesters. They made their intellectual point that Trump must go by throwing bottles at police, who offered a response involving tear gas canisters. See the video here.

WATCH HERE

Anchor/opinionator Don Lemon was described as “quietly losing his mind after the Trump rally” (I might argue with both the adverb and the timing mentioned in that description) over Trump’s attacks on his employer, CNN. Trump bashed the media for misrepresenting his comments about Charlottesville to paint him as being soft on white supremacists,which he refuted by reading back his exact statements as part of a timelime. Lemon accused him of attempting to “rewrite history.”

We have reached a strange place in history, indeed, when someone who reads exact quotes in chronological order is accused of rewriting history by a media outlet that makes excuses for people who smash monuments to historical figures they don’t like. Liberals, please make up your mind: is rewriting history a good thing or a bad thing? Or is it only good when you do it?


FOR MY EXTENDED THOUGHTS ON CHARLOTTESVILLE I HOPE YOU WILL READ THIS.

"Charlottesville"


I hope you will leave me a comment below. I read them!

Comments 6-10 of 14

  • sharon ruetz

    08/24/2017 10:52 AM

    On Palm Sunday the people were praising Jesus as the very good leader they wanted and needed. One week later their "leaders", feeling threatened, had whipped the people into a frenzied mob yelling "Crucify Him." They did it to Jesus, they won't hesitate to do it again to anyone who threatens their position.

  • Kim Parrish

    08/24/2017 05:49 AM

    Thank you for sharing. God bless your family.

  • Connie L. Bickel

    08/23/2017 10:51 PM

    I certainly agree with you, Mike. You have my support on anything you do.

  • Barbara Fenkner

    08/23/2017 08:07 PM

    Did you hear Wolf Blitzer say, regarding Trump's speech last night, " Many are calling it a very divisive speech." How is that straight news? And what does "many" mean? And what does it imply? If many thought it was, then many also thought it wasn't. Right?
    Thanks for continuing to right the wrongs. I am missing Sarah.

  • Linda Ward

    08/23/2017 07:00 PM

    While I agree with the fact the media loves roasting Pres. Trump, he gives them so much red meat to roast. Just the night before, he made an outstanding speech on why he has faith in and trusts his generals on Afghanistan, then he shows us the exact opposite statesman who is loud, name calling, and out of control. He has not self control when he gets in front of a rally crowd and turns into someone I do not like. He's won the election, he does not need to relentlessly go after his "enemies." HE STEPS ON HIS OWN POSITIVE MESSAGING EVERY SINGLE TIME! I think he lost a golden opportunity to really put Charlottesville debacle to rest by going "off script" and rehashing the media's coverage of his response and then his own terrible new conference on Tuesday. He is so unpredictable and clearly does not follow the advice of his staff. He should have been a statesman who made it absolutely CLEAR he does have any affiliation with or condone ANY hate group, and that the DOJ is/will go after such groups vigorously when they clearly break laws. His tone and sarcasm makes him looks small, petulant and non-believable. Then today and completely different tone and attitude about healing this country! He needs desperately to get control of his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality. Personally, I doubt he can or has the desire to...which is quite sad and I believe it will end his presidency and he can blame no one but himself. By the way, I voted for him, but he's losing my support mostly because of his impulsive, "mean" tweets; but also because he just can't stop stepping on his own message and follow the lead of his outstanding team, and handle things like adults...privately!

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