December 6, 2018
Well, folks, our friend David Rutz over at the Washington Free Beacon flagged down quite the case of Trump Derangment Syndrome on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House.
It was a funeral for former President George H.W. Bush but all the show’s panel could focus on Wednesday aftenroon was Trump, Trump, Trump. Any mention of the recently deceased was only in relation to President Donald Trump. So what did Trump do at the funeral that caused such obsession over him?
Actually, as they admit, nothing. He just quietly sat there but that was enough for host Nicole Wallace and her panelists Peter Baker, Michael Beschloss, and Eugene Robinson to analyze what they supposed was going on in Trump’s mind:
BAKER: Well, it was a moving ceremony. You described it correctly, it was a celebration of an extraordinary life. It was a celebration of a time that seems past, right? A time of — as you point out, bipartisan legislation on the environment, on civil rights, on disabilities, protections. And it was a celebration of a style of leadership, one that was very human in its orientation. A style of friends rather than enemies. A style of conciliation, rather than anger. And it was, I think, a moment for Washington to pause and reflect on the way things have gone lately. You saw the President of the United States, President Trump, sitting there watching all of this. Not given a role to speak. Pretty unusual for an incumbent President. At times seemed to be a little defiant. He held his hands up, arms up like this, as if he wasn’t quite happy with what he was hearing but otherwise kept quiet. Decided not to make any outward remarks to spoil the occasion. So it was a coming together for Washington, I think.
So President Trump didn’t say anything but from the way he moved his hands and arms we could assume he was “defiant” and not “quite happy.” Thus did Baker of the New York Times conclude in his role as body language expert.
This article was posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 9:04 am