I’m really disgusted with the Republicans who are attacking White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for what he said at his press conference last week.
As I wrote Thursday, Mulvaney held a “masterful presser [press conference]” at which he fought back against the “opposition party” known as the Fake News Media.
Mulvaney basically told the mob “We know you are not going to like this decision, but we are doing it anyway … so go suck an egg!”
That was said in regard specifically to the press’s hostile reaction to the decision to hold the G7 summit at Trump Doral (later revoked), but it could well be said to the press about every decision made by this president.
In my mind, Mulvaney had the right instincts at the press conference. Fight back against the press. Fight for the president. Tell the truth and be done with it.
Of course, that got Mulvaney in trouble because the shock-prone media had no idea that U.S. foreign policy is based on U.S. national interest, and that negotiations between heads of states inevitably and correctly contain quid pro quos.
Is there anything wrong with the president telling Ukraine that he expects them to cooperate with the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into Democratic fraud in the 2016 election. Hell, no! And Mulvaney tried to tell the world that, but of course that meant that now he has become the target of the hateful media, maybe because he told them to “Get over it!” They started attacking Mulvaney and trying to put a wedge between him and the president, probably because Mulvaney is the most effective chief of staff that President Trump has had yet. Some Republicans joined the pile-on because that is what self-hating Republicans do.
So now we have to go back to pretending that presidents don’t wield political power and that they don’t use foreign policy to win the objectives they set out when they were running for president. It’s like we are living in a pretend world.
I guess if Mulvaney’s press conference proved anything, it was (as I have written before) that there is no reason for this president to have anyone besides himself talk directly to the Resistance Media.
And that goes for appearances on hostile television shows as well. When Mick Mulvaney agreed to appear on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace today, he was just adding fuel to the fire. There is no way he is going to get a fair hearing from Wallace or from anyone on NBC, CBS or ABC.
When will conservatives learn? If you are going to do a press conference or go on a television news show, you had better be prepared for hand-to-hand combat. You should fight back against the Democratic Fake News Propaganda Media and fight FOR the president. If you can’t do that, just stay home.
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