White House Issues Very ‘Wrong!’ Statement Kissing Dear Leader Trump’s Butt as Top Spin Dr. Quits
White House Statement Sounds Like North Korean Propaganda
So this is pretty unhinged. The White House issued a statement Tuesday, extolling Donald Trump’s extraordinary personality, and his remarkable abilities and talents, the Washington Post reported.
“President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him. He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people, whether he is speaking to a room of three or an arena of 30,000. He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor … and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.”
This statement was not a complete non-sequitur. White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks gave this statement in response to a report by the Washington Post that White House staff endure a constant stream of snubs, slights, backhanded compliments, cruel nicknames and insults from the president. One example the Post cited was the fact that Trump didn’t allow devoutly Catholic Press Secretary Sean Spicer to meet Pope Francis. There was no reason given, despite the fact that this would have been an easy gift for the president to give a loyal underling who has seemingly done his best to spin reality for Trump with a losing hand.
This statement was released the day before it was revealed that the White House Communications Director Michael Dubke resigned after only 3 months on the job. That may be significant, because this statement sounds an awful lot like Trump dictated it himself.
This is not simply an exaggeration, it is the opposite of what all the available evidence would tell us is true. Trump does not exude “positive energy.” He exudes a brooding anger and an unbending devotion to himself alone that pushes people away from him. He does not have “an unparalleled ability to communicate.” He can barely string a coherent sentence of more than five monosyllabic words together without mangling syntax. He can whip up a crowd, but only of his most diehard loyalists; almost everyone else is wary of him. In a room of a handful of other world leaders, he looks like a fish out of water. His relationships are objectively not great. His family relations seem to be based on business interests and complicity and little else. He is on his third marriage, and at the risk of being catty, when was the last time a president’s wife didn’t live in the White House with him? Trump’s sense of “humor” invariably involves mocking the weakest people in a sadistic way. Are there any photographs of him laughing, smiling or mirthfully enjoying life and serving the American people? He may inspire some who share his cynicism and isolation, but for most, he seems like the death knell of America’s once-lofty aspirations.
This may not be as ridiculous as the propaganda of a truly authoritarian regime, but its aggressive departure from reality is in the same genre as the incessant propaganda in North Korea extolling the magical virtues of the Dear Leader. In 2011, The Telegraph listed some of the most absurd claims made by North Korean media about the now deceased dictator, Kim Jong Il.
* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea’s only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
* Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.
* The fledgling leader was a genius as an infant, with official North Korean biographies stating that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
This kind of nonsensical hagiography is where authoritarian media arrives if totally unchecked. This White House missive is not as extreme, obviously, but it serves the same kind of Orwellian function. It doesn’t attempt to re-interpret reality. It offers an alternative reality, which is more ‘true’ than the observable reality, because the authority of the Dear Leader is unquestionable. Who are you going to believe, the dictator who can throw your whole family in a labor camp on a whim, or your lyin’ eyes? Trump does not have that kind of power in America, but this kind of propaganda, forcing you to conduct a loyalty test on your own mind, is a powerful suggestion that he wouldn’t mind it if he did.
It’s important to assert objective reality in the face of Trump’s onslaught of alternative facts. As Trump himself would say, this statement is “Wrong!”
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