Trump's performance with Putin was so bad ... that it earned praise from Rand Paul and David Duke
Donald Trump’s on-stage performance with Vladimir Putin wasn’t without some benefit. Jellyfish, slime molds, and limp dishrags around the world are feeling better about themselves after the man currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue vividly illustrated that neither backbone nor intellect is required to hold high office. And among the mindless organisms cheered by Trump’s performance, include this one: Donald Trump.
Arriving back in DC, Trump seems upset that he’s not getting the hero’s welcome he so deserves after a whirlwind week of destroying alliances, blowing up special relationships, and selling out the nation. And, as the Washington Post reports, he knows just where to cast the blame for the lack of cheering throngs to greet Air Force One.
In a morning tweet, the president blamed the media for negative coverage of his joint news conference Monday with Putin in Helsinki — a performance by Trump that was widely panned by members of both poltical parties.
“Widely panned” may be the only part of that phrase that will stick with the ratings-obsessed Trump. To date, he’s loved bad coverage … because it’s coverage. And because it gives him the chance to tee-off on his favorite “fake news” back nine. And so far Trump’s party and fans have rewarded him, no matter how egregious his action, by keeping his poll numbers amazingly robust and his backing up every moment of his shtick, even when he contradicts himself within a few hours.
But while Trump’s televised capitulation to Russia isn’t generating the reaction that it should produce from his fellow Republicans, it isn’t exactly drawing huzzahs, Multiple Republicans are not exactly distancing themselves from Trump, and not exactly condemning his actions, but … edging slightly away while urging him to quickly make up with US intelligence agencies and walk back some of his buy-in to Putin’s claims.
And of course, there were some who were standing by to join Trump on the Putin team.
[Trump] thanked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the few prominent Republicans who have defended his performance at Monday’s remarkable 46-minute joint news conference.