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Fri Jul 5, 2019, 12:58 AM

Trump's Not-Crazy Speech Just Highlighted Norms He's Crushed

Trump’s Not-Crazy Speech Just Highlighted Norms He’s Crushed

Molly Jong-Fast at the Daily Beast



The problem is that not-so-insane Trump—much like his ultra-sanitized, faux-feminist daughter—doesn’t have the oratorical skills to stir a crowd without the crazy. The other problem is that when Trump tries to speak on American values he inadvertently highlights all the norms he’s crushed with his explosive rhetoric and banana republic-style presidenting.    

There was the irony of the president with all the sexual assault allegations bringing up women’s suffrage. The strangeness of the president who called for the now-exonerated Central Park Five to get the death penalty bringing up the late Dr. Martin Luther King. And how about that name-check of Harriet Tubman, who was supposed to be on the $20 bill until Trump called the move to have her replace seventh president Andrew Jackson “pure political correctness.”


Let’s be real, the whole thing was TOTALLY political. Look no further than the supposedly “free” fireworks on display. Phantom Fireworks donated $750,000 worth of fireworks on the very same day the president decided to forgo “$300 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, which include fireworks.” And of course nothing says bipartisanship like reserving VIP seating for GOP heavies and rewarding RNC donors with a view of the tanks. 

Still, it was one of Trump’s least bonkers speeches. It didn’t encourage violence! He didn’t lead chants of “CNN sucks.” He didn’t talk about how much he loves Robert E. Lee. There were some gaffes—like his mention of airports during the war of 1812—but maybe that was just to let us know we weren’t in some alternate reality.


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Fri Jul 5, 2019, 01:03 AM

1. I think Trump realized after Japan and NK that he and his family were jumping the shark.

That if he didn't kiss diversity in the ass they could not make african americans apathetic this time or tamp down liberal anger and disgust at the dynastic and Mussolini-ish presidency.

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