MSNBC’s Chuck Todd believes he knows why people who unhealthily obsess over President Donald Trump’s every word and action — including his jokes — feel so “fatigued” all the time. According to his logic, it’s all part of the president’s grand plan to “wear down his critics.”
If you believe this sounds like a conspiracy theory — one of many from MSNBC — you’re not alone.
Fatigue is a common symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome. You can only be intellectually dishonest for so long before your body starts breaking down. Some are at an advanced stage where a single Maddow conspiracy theory could send them over the edge.
— Nikl (@Niklbag) August 28, 2019
“We begin with one of the most confounding issues in American politics — that President Trump is still trying to use the office to enrich himself, still embracing Putin, still undermining democratic institutions here and abroad, still misleading us daily and still skirting accountability for all of it,” the MSNBC host bemoaned.
“And as the dust settles on the president’s erratic performance on the world stage over these past 72 hours, particularly at the G7 but really in a couple of days before then as well, it’s remarkable just how little dust gets kicked up anymore over behavior that in any other presidency in modern times would be considered unthinkable and perhaps to some impeachable.”
After citing a couple more complaints, the host then got to the crux of his point.
“If you’re left feeling worn down, you’re not alone,” he said. “Perhaps that’s the president’s goal — to wear down his critics. It’s worked well for him in real estate. He just wears people down. That’s the art of the deal. Whatever, just let Trump have it.”
“But it also might be a goal to rile up his critics as well. And that is what you might call the riddle of Trump fatigue, and it speaks to the single biggest question overshadowing everything in politics — is the American public tiring of it?”
Listen to his rant below:
According to The New York Times, the answer to his latter question is no.
“Donald J. Trump doesn’t always seem like a candidate focused on expanding his base of support. He may have done so anyway,” the outlet reported earlier this month. “The share of Americans who say they have a favorable view of him has increased significantly since the 2016 election.”
“And over the last few months, some of the highest-quality public opinion polls, though not all, showed the president’s job approval rating — a different measure from personal favorability — had inched up to essentially match the highest level of his term.”
Conversely, the media’s favorability rating is at an all-time low. Why is that? While Todd may not want to hear the answer, the president tried explaining why in an interview last year.
“A lot of the animosity that we have in our country is because of fake news,” he said at the time to The Daily Caller. “They’re so angry at the news. They get it. You guys are at my rallies all the time, you see the anger when I mention the words ‘fake news’ and they turn around. And they use CNN because they — it just sort of works for them I guess.”
“But it’s ABC, it’s — NBC is maybe worse than anybody. I mean, NBC’s a total fraud as far as I’m concerned. Their news is disgusting. But I think NBC is as bad as anybody. You look at — and CBS — you look at what’s going on with the fake news and the people get it.”
“Now they get it — you know they had a very high approval rating before I became president and I think it’s actually a great achievement of mine. Their approval rating now is down as low as just about anybody. And much lower than your president. I actually have good approval ratings, which nobody ever writes. I was at 51, I guess, with Rasmussen the other day.”
But why does the public appear to like the president more than the media? Could it be because the media have obsessively been attacking him since the day he rode down the Trump Tower escalator in 2015? Could it be because The New York Times has openly admitted that its core mission has and continues to be #OrangeManBad? Could it be because the American people can see for themselves how the media relentlessly attack Trump but then turn around and cater to Democrats?
While there’s no way to know for certain why so many Americans feel the way they do, the following replies to Todd and his peers at “Meet the Press” do seem to suggest that they are indeed fatigued — but not because of the president:
It’s your #FakeNews that fatigues us.
— Farrel Vincent (@BigVTN) August 27, 2019
Ummm it’s the media’s obsession with turning the volume to 11 on everything that is wearing us down. There is no nuance. No dynamic approach.
— Jake Szetela (@Jake_Szetela) August 28, 2019
Trump supporters aren’t worn down. But I could see where the haters would be. Not just the Russian collusion hoax, but every week there was a new crisis that was gong to take him out. Instead, he’s stronger than ever. The constant be disappointment must be depressing.?
— Jim B (@JimChi78) August 28, 2019
He’s just toying with his critics. In reality, trump is a giant whale in an ocean of macro fish trying to take him down. He’s way too big to be touched. When he moves, everyone notices. When he speaks, everyone listens. & if he gets angry, his enemies will feel his wrath. Beware!
— Nick (@Anarchyxvii) August 27, 2019
Seriously Chuck Todd did an actual story about Trump Fatigue? That’s hilarious The President has him wrapped around his finger and he doesn’t even know it.
— Mark Tognazzini (@MarkTognazzini) August 27, 2019
the only ones with fatigue are the fake news that can’t keep up with the president, He has the media right where he wants them lying and attacking for full time now. Fake news ratings keep going down with each lie they tell
— Louie George (@LouieGe51467728) August 27, 2019
Are you kidding. The media attacks this guy for years on end from every front and he’s wearing you down. You people in the media are sick and sad. When is the media going to be reformed. People need to get fired! And quick!
— Jeffrey Morfit (@JeffreyJmorfit) August 28, 2019
Ha. The msm has exhausted itself trying to defeat President Trump. None of their schemes and hoaxes work. They don’t know what to do, have never faced a republican that fights back. The msm is the coyote and Trump is the roadrunner.
— Joe (@jf5048) August 27, 2019
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