Monday, October 10, 2016
The Silence of the Lambs
Well, guess what. He did not. In fact, he continued to call his comments merely "locker room talk" and pivoted, in the same answer, to how he would move like a bitch on Isis! Yet few focused on that at all. It was as if they had never made such predictions. They had even been closely covering chances of the GOP booting him off the ticket and what would happen next. Again: little on this afterward.
Similarly, many had, for two days, warned that Trump would surely lose if he "went nuclear" and mentioned Bill Clinton's affairs and Hillary's alleged actions in relation to them. So: not only did Trump go there--he also held a presser with three of Bill's alleged victims AND outrageously gave them front-row seats at the debate AND then blasted Bill and Hillary over this during the debate. Yet after: most of the TV pundits did not score this much against him. Again: suffering from amnesia, or was it temporary insanity?
Chuck Todd even claimed Hillary looked "rattled." Trump, he argued, seemed more "in control."
I flipped continually between CNN and MSNBC and it was astounding how little attention was paid, for many minutes, to Trump's jaw-dropping promise to prosecute and jail Hillary (in a Nixon-like abuse of power) as they continued to give him high marks in the debate. I was watching what seemed to be turning points at both cable channels when Van Jones and James Carville finally went ballistic on this. Almost in shame, some of the others starting talking about it. Or perhaps they had checked their Twitter feeds and saw what so many others were saying about this. (Jesus, even children around the country probably responded quicker, asking their parents, "Why does that horrible man want to lock up that nice lady?") This morning the Trump display of fascism made the top of newspaper front pages all over Europe. Yet most of our own TV commentators shrugged it off for too long.
Other Trump actions or comments that apparently did not bother most of them: His dozens of outright lies; his interruptions and snorting that were sure to alienate many watchers; his zombie-like lurking, as if sizing up Hillary's brains; his proud admission that he had, indeed, not paid federal taxes for many, many years; and on and on. Yet: a wash! a draw! And then as the first poll result came in--a landslide for Hillary via CNN--they began to temper that. But only then. Then the YouGov poll also gave it to HRC. Update Tuesday: And now Politico/Morning Consult scientific poll gives debate to Clinton by whopping 42%-28%.
And few even mentioned that Trump had claimed early in the debate that the moderators were against him, shouting bitterly that it was "three against one." He seemed ready for a strait jacket at that point. Every time he closed his eyes: lies....lies.
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