All you have to do is read the headline of Marc Thiessen’s newest column in the Washington Post to know where it’s going: “Trump’s speech wasn’t divisive. He said he’d fight for all Americans.”
See, Thiessen is playing a favorite game of conservatives called “Context Don’t Real,” in which the participants ignore all the past actions and words of someone on their side in favor of something the certain someone did or said five minutes ago. In this case, Thiessen pulls a few quotes from Trump’s speech about inner-city poverty to show that he has nothing in common with the candidate who encouraged his supporters to get violent at rallies. In this case, we’re meant to forget he attacked the Khan family, or called Mexicans rapists, or told blacks they had no jobs, terrible schools, and nothing to lose for voting Trump. In this case, we’re meant to forget that this is the guy who candidly bragged he enjoyed sexually assaulting women by “grab[bing] them by the pussy”. We’re meant to forget that this is the guy who won’t release his tax returns as speculation grows about his financial ties to Russia. Almost by design, there are too many egregious statements and actions to illustrate how he doesn’t have the best interests of all Americans in mind to run through here. I mean, the above is barely a handful of examples from an endless well of offenses.
Commentators have been buzzing about a ‘pivot’ for nearly a year now, if not longer. There’s no reason to expect him to be able to have the interests of Americans who didn’t vote for him in mind if his press secretary can’t even acknowledge that Trump was in large part the impetus for this past weekend’s women’s protests across the country. I’d call Thiessen an idiot for expecting a pivot now, only I know he doesn’t; this is pandering to the Breitbartians of the world who might have somehow wandered into the liberal, progressive pigsty that is the Washington Post.