Trump is a target-rich environment. In the past couple weeks (and this is just off the top of my head, I’m sure I’m forgetting many outrages), he has:
–retweeted a video of a guy quite clearly yelling “WHITE POWER!” multiple times;
–accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating a “hoax” regarding the noose incident, while criticizing NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag;
–also used the word “hoax” to describe the intelligence in his PDB about Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers (his inaction on which looks literally like treason, no hyperbole there);
–lied about the U.S. supposedly having the lowest Covid death rate in the world, when we have one of the highest;
–falsely claimed that 99% of diagnosed Covid cases (the small percentage of people who actually go to be tested, at that!) are “totally harmless”;
–put out a scurrilous ad against Joe Biden (who was clear from the jump that he is against defunding the police) making it appear as though under a President Biden, you’ll have a five-day wait for police response if you call 911 to report a home invasion;
–and of course he continues to make baseless allegations of coming election fraud, to try to set up some kind of constitutional crisis in the likely event that he gets his ass beat badly by Biden this November.
More quietly, he has been firing inspectors-general, slashing environmental regulations, etc., while people are more occupied with higher-profile concerns.
In the midst of all this, Trump did something he only occasionally does, which is to read a speech someone wrote for him, off a teleprompter, without freelancing. And if you read it, it’s a standard Republican speech: https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-speech-transcript-at-mount-rushmore-4th-of-july-event
Do I love this speech? No. I’m a Democrat: I prefer Democratic speeches. And this is definitely not a speech I can imagine a Democratic president giving. It would be shocking and horrifying if s/he did! But when I read this, I can easily imagine Dubya, McCain, or Romney giving the same speech. It’s just a boilerplate, jingoistic, rah-rah-America-mom-and-apple-pie Republican speech. There was nothing in there defending the Confederacy.
He did speak approvingly of Andrew Jackson, who is an absolutely appalling historical figure. I have refused to use twenties for years because of how awful he was. But until a couple years ago, Democratic fundraising dinners were called “Jefferson-Jackson dinners”, and Jackson has unfortunately been considered a towering figure in our history–so it’s silly to act as though an old white conservative president speaking warmly about him is some kind of shocking breaking news.
So why the hell can’t the media just report, as they have in the past, “President Trump stuck to the script on Friday, faithfully delivering a teleprompter speech about patriotism and the figures on Mt. Rushmore”, leave that at that, and go back to reporting on all the other horrendous shit he has gotten up to? They so drastically undermine their credibility by doing this, to where persuadable voters (and yes, there are some–that’s why his poll numbers are down!) can more easily be persuaded by the right that “the media just lies about everything, so disregard anything you hear about John Bolton’s book or Mary Trump’s book”. FFS!