Yeah, and it works.
I don't like it either. But remove emotion from the situation. I know that's hard for a lot of people here as they spend a lot of time venting on here about how much they hate him, how terrible he is. But step back and look at it.
It works for him.
It wouldn't work for you, it wouldn't work for me. Probably wouldn't work for anyone on this board. Probably wouldn't work for anyone you or I know.
Scratch that, it did work for someone I used to work with. Not on a wavelength that Trump uses, but it wasn't too far from it. But there are manipulators, there are people out there that get by on conning and making people feel good, lying to their faces with a smile and getting away with it. This guy I used to work with had the whole package. Great looking guy, handsome, the ultra trendy 5 day beard, perfectly tailored clothes, great hair, drove a high end luxury car, lived in the city, successful at his job...painted a very great picture of being successful, funny, etc. People were drawn to it. I was drawn to it. But underneath it, it was a coverup for massive insecurities, boldfaced lies, lies by omission and just constant manipulations. He'd lived his entire life that way, it was second nature to him. It was pure narcissism. As a matter of fact he recollected a story for us one day that as a punishment when he was a kid, his dad made him write out 100 times "I will not manipulate my mother." You know, Bart Simpson style.
But it works. He'd gotten so far ahead in life by living that way. So did Trump. There are people in this world that get ahead by taking the wrong path, saying the wrong things and it sucks for people like you and me who recognize it and don't like it.
The article isn't bad, but it's also not new, his use of language has been covered by a lot of outlets throughout the campaign and into his presidency. It makes some good suggestions at the end:
We all know that the press (all of it, not just Fox News) has no interest in doing any of that. They want to break the story first, they don't 100% care about accuracy and we're now living in a world of infotainment where the hot take and the snarky jab reigns supreme. Journalists only care how propaganda works for them so they can get clicks.
Trump controlling the news cycle? Too ****ing late.