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How Many Times Will Media Say Donald Trump ‘Became President Tonight’ Before They Realize He Didn’t?


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Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, emotional volatility has taken hold of media pundits. The president’s early blunders, from the botched travel ban to his claim that the media is the ‘enemy of the American people’, caused widespread consternation, even among conservative commentators. However, some political analysts have been willing to ‘normalize’ Trump whenever he has acted less insanely than usual.

On February 28, after Trump delivered his first address to Congress, Fox anchor Chris Wallace said: “I feel like tonight Donald Trump became the president of the United States.”

Wallace’s view was echoed by CNN commentator Van Jones, who famously stated: “”He became President of the United States in that moment, period.”


CNN reporter Stephen Collinson wrote that “Trump adopted a statesmanlike cadence, hitting notes of inspiration” and “struck a conventional presidential posture as he sought to stabilize his administration.”

On April 7, after Trump launched an air strike against Syria’s Assad regime, once again pundits heaped praise on the president. CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria (the same Fareed Zakaria who had accused Trump of “bulls**tting” his way to the presidency) said: “I think Donald Trump became President of the United States.”


How many times will Donald Trump ‘become president’? And what does this sentence mean in the first place? If by ‘becoming President’ media analysts mean that he has become a responsible, reliable and trustworthy politician, then they had better think twice.

Trump’s birther controversy, his appeal to the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, his lies about Mexico paying for the wall, the size of the inauguration crowd, and Obama’s ‘wiretapping’ Trump Tower, are just a few examples of the way Donald Trump has discredited himself and his presidency. The damage he has done is beyond repair. It will take him more than bombing a country (after he said for years that the US should not attack Syria) to make Trump ‘presidential’.

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The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

Trump Revealed: The Definitive Biography of the 45th President by Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher


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