Absurd work from major Rhodes Scholar: We humans simply aren't up to this task. Consider last night's absurd performance by cable star Rachel Maddow.
Maddow opened her program on a rare note of concern. She said that something seems to be wrong with President Donald J. Trump.
Stating the obvious, something has seemed to be wrong with Trump for a very long time. Apparently, Maddow has just noticed.
"What is wrong with the president today?" she actually asked at one point.
Justin Baragona described Maddow's short monologue concerning this topic at The Daily Beast. This is the way he started:
BARAGONA (5/12/20): MSNBC host Rachel Maddow expressed concern for President Donald Trump’s emotional well-being on Monday night, claiming the president was “visibly struggling” and unable to “keep it together” after he stormed out of a press briefing earlier in the day amid tough questioning by female reporters.She thinks it's worth knowing, in all seriousness!
At the tail end of a Monday afternoon press conference in which the president misleadingly boasted about the nation’s coronavirus testing capacity, Trump fumed after Asian-American CBS reporter Weijia Jiang confronted him over his answer to her question about America’s rising death toll, wondering aloud why he told her to go “ask China.” He then huffed off after CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, whom he had just called on, attempted to ask him a question.
Maddow, kicking off her primetime broadcast by noting that she typically follows a “general rule” of concentrating on what the administration does and not what the president says due to his propensity for falsehoods, told her audience she was “going to make a little bit of an exception” this time.
“Because I think this is something we should all see,” the progressive anchor declared. “Just because I think it is worth knowing, in all seriousness, that the president, right now, in the midst of this crisis, is visibly struggling.”
Stating the obvious, the president has been "visibly struggling" for a very long time. He has stormed out of press briefings before.
He has insulted many reporters, men and women alike. Last month, he even started telling male reporters that their questions were "nasty."
Apparently, Maddow has just noticed this disordered behavior, or she feels that she has to pretend. She offered a thousand heartfelt disclaimers, suggesting that the president may simply have had a bad day. Or maybe it's just the pandemic!
BARAGONA (continuing directly): Adding that there is “something wrong or he’s just not doing OK,” Maddow said that “the president apparently just is not able to keep it together right now in his public appearances” before playing a clip of him leaving the presser.It could possibly just be stress? Stress has been getting to Trump, in disturbing ways, for a very long time.
“What is wrong with the president today?” Maddow later asked. “We don’t know. Something is wrong.”
After saying it could possibly just be stress getting to the president, Maddow concluded by pointing out that even though Trump and his administration have been pushing the narrative that the pandemic is in the past, there’s now an outbreak of the coronavirus in the White House itself.
Something has been visibly wrong with Trump for a very long time. People more honest than Maddow tried to start a discussion of this topic in 2017. She still won't directly cite their concerns, not even today.
Is Donald Trump psychiatrically or cognitively impaired? Maddow still isn't willing to ask such questions in a simple, straightforward way.
Lawrence O'Donnell has often done so during MSNBC's 10 PM Eastern hour. One hour earlier, Maddow is still playing it safe.
Last night's presentation was corporatized soft soap at its silliest and its most plain. We advise you to read the full Daily Beast account, then watch the ridiculous tape at the Maddow site.
(Headline: "Something appears to be wrong with Donald Trump.")
Simply put, we humans weren't built for tasks of this type. Anthropologically speaking, multimillionaire TV stars play their games; we rubes can't see through the con.