Liberal world tries to help: Donald J. Trump donnt sppel reel gud. Plus, his use of capital letters can sometimes seem eccentric.
That's all it takes for us the liberals to find new ways to lose votes. The most recent episode started with some unsolicited instruction from a retired English teacher, then jumped to the New York Times.
The teacher had written a letter to Trump—and she'd received a reply! Inevitably, she decided to correct the letter's perceived grammatical errors, then return it to Trump, insults and snark appended.
Over at the New York Times, this somehow seemed like news. The excitement led to this sad "news" report in yesterday's editions.
All too often, we modern liberals can't seem to grasp the way we look to Others. As a courtesy, we'll tell you how this episode looks:
To many people, it looks like the latest reason to vote for Donald J. Trump!
In fairness, this smarty-pants instinct didn't begin with that retired teacher. On our favorite corporate cable news channel, our favorite millionaire liberal stars keep schooling us in this game.
Brian loves to play! On May 11, he read one of Trump's tweets on the air. We'll highlight just a couple of words. Everyone knew what they meant:
WILLIAMS (5/11/18): Allow me to read the President's tweet of this evening. Along these same lines, he says, "Why doesn't the fake news media"—capitalized—"state that the Trump administration's antitrust division has been and is opposed to the AT&T purchase of Time Warner in a currently ongoing"—capital T—"trial? Such a disgrace in reporting."Everyone knew what Brian meant! Four nights earlier, on May 7, he'd read another Trump tweet, saying this:
"Again, the capitalizing remains a mystery."
The key word there would be "again." He does this all the time.
Nor is Brian alone in this practice. Last Thursday night, Chris Hayes displayed his superior learning as he discussed that Korean summit commemorative coin:
HAYES (5/24/18): When news broke today that President Trump had canceled the summit with Kim Jong-un, there was a mad rush to a White House website, not for more information of Trump's decision, but of course, to the gift shop for the commemorative summit coins where, lo and behold, the coin that had been designated the deal of the day, selling for the low, low price of just $19.95.To enjoy all the fun, just click here.
And thank goodness, the shop had posted a disclaimer to dispel any concerns about the fate of the coins. In true Trump fashion, written with almost but not quite all the words unnecessarily capitalized and missing some punctuation, saying the coin will be made whether or not the summit occurs as scheduled, because the theme is coming closer to peace and celebrates the act of communication among countries.
Wonderfully, Hayes put his superior education on display. Three nights earlier, Our Own Rhodes Scholar had of course done the same thing.
As she started the show, she engaged in her favorite pastime—talking about herself. Then, she dropped the misspelling bomb:
MADDOW (5/21/18): You know, Susan has long threatened that if I ever really start taking this show for granted, if I start taking this job for granted, if I stop appreciating it, she's going to come in one day and bigfoot it and she's going to take a burner cell phone, she's going to put it here on the desk and she's going to take on-air gardening calls for an hour to make me appreciate how good it is to have this job.So cool! First, we got to hear Rachel talking about herself. Then, we got to hear her talk about Donald J. Trump's
HAYES: That's good of her. You can lose sight sometimes. I'm happy to hear that.
MADDOW: Well done, my friend. Thank you.
And thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. If you'd like to vote for Susan to host the next Rachel Maddow Show, taking your calls live on the air about gardening tips, you can vote—you can't!
All right. Happy Monday! You know, there's been a lot of complaining, public complaining by the president. There's been a lot of all-capital-letters misspelled tweeting by the president...
Back in April 2009, Rachel's two weeks of "tea-bagger" dick jokes helped establish this general culture at The One True Channel. That said, we liberals frequently can't seem to understand 1) the ways we appear to Others, and 2) how amazingly dumb our sense of superiority is.
We just can't seem to get over ourselves. We can't see the ways we convince many people to reject every word we say.
(Obvious Mandated Lizard Response: That just shows how amazingly dumb The Others actually are!)
By the way, according to the Times report, the English teacher was actually wrong in some of her corrections. This doesn't explain why the Times ever thought this bullshit was worth reporting in the first place. Maybe Caroline Ryan came leaping over her desk at one of those rollicking brainstorming sessions!
In closing, we'll float a conspiracy theory:
Maybe Donald J. Trump is right! Maybe the big news orgs want to keep him in office because his constant disordered behavior is making them oodles of cash!
Nobody's perfect: In fairness, Brian has superb grammatical skills. On the other hand, he got himself fired from NBC Nightly News for inventing various crackpot stories about his own heroic deeds.
Before that, he spent two years complaining about Candidate Gore's troubling wardrobe and the possible psychiatric problems the wardrobe seemed to suggest. We liberals just sat there and took it. Oh, what bright children are we!