Trump's X-Factor in 2024
The Establishment Reaction vs. a Newfound Perception of Media
Donald Trump didn’t surprise many people when he officially announced his candidacy for president on Tuesday night.
As also expected, the establishment media immediately attacked the 45th president while secretly rejoicing as they harvested fresh nectar from the Trump tree, which is the lifeblood of their careers.
Still, many loyal Trump supporters celebrated nationwide, some popping bottles on beachfront properties while others just as happily cracked open Coors in the trailer parks.
And just like that, we’re back in the good ol’ days.
But things are different this time.
This week we saw Trump in a reserved tone, noting he would keep the event “elegant,” but not without a quick jab at the “fake news media.”
Yet there’s more to the story.
In Trump’s initial presidential run and ultimate victory, many Americans passively supported or despised “The Donald,” as fewer people involved themselves in politics.
But in recent years, politics and the government forced their way into everyone’s lives.
For that, people might look at Trump differently this time around.
The Establishment Reaction
All hands were on-deck Tuesday evening as the establishment fact-checkers eagerly awaited the special announcement.
These people were so excited they couldn’t even let the man speak.
If you notice the time stamp in the above snip, that’s about the time that CNN cut the audio of Trump’s speech, which was just shy of halfway through.
Yet MSNBC ignored the broadcast altogether.
Is it possible the media elites were afraid Trump would speak the truth and potentially relate to the typical American?
Maybe they were upset by what Trump didn’t say.
“He didn’t really into depth about the 2020 election, but it’s looming over all of this,” Kaitlan Collin
Others concluded that the former president gave a poor speech before allowing him to finish:
It surprised me that, given the amount of time he’s been thinking about this that this was the best product he could put out. Tim Naftali
And, of course, talking heads denied Trump’s candidacy by repeating typical anti-trump narratives.
We can’t forget that this is a man in my estimation, that’s wholly unfit to run for office again. Alyssa Farah Griffin
Anchors also criticized Trump’s comments regarding how many of the candidates he endorsed won in the midterms and the historical success rate of non-consecutive serving presidents.
As the broadcast went on, biased headlines popped up, and social media ran wild.
The next day, untrusted news source Daniel Dale took to the airwaves to tell the American people of Trump’s false claims.
Trump said the media was worried about sea levels rising 1/8th of an inch in the next 200 to 300 years, yet says nothing about nuclear war that would destroy the planet.
The Green New Deal and the environment, which they say may affect us in 300 years is all that is talked about, and yet nuclear weapons that would destroy the world immediately are never even discussed as a major threat. Can you imagine? They say the ocean will rise 1/8th of an inch over the next 200 to 300 years but dont worry about nuclear weapons that can take out entire countries with one shot -Donald Trump
Dale quickly noted that sea levels would likely rise 12 inches in the next 30 years, according to the Department of Defense Climate Risk Analysis, completely missing Trump’s point.
Trump then commented on holiday costs by saying Americans will have a tough time finding a turkey for Thanksgiving this year, and if they found one, they’d likely pay 300% more for the birds.
Dale came to our rescue and pointed out that turkeys are absolutely available, yet people may pay 7% to 10% more due to inflation, clearly a far stretch from 300%.
Then, the propagandist fact-checked Trump’s claims that his administration completed the wall yet left 280 miles unfinished.
Finally, the “expert” also touched on Trump’s comments about the Mar-a-Lago FBI raid, saying Trump’s claims that Obama took sensitive documents home after he left office was debunked by the National Archives Records Administration and that the files were taken to a records facility in Chicago.
Maybe Trump wasn’t 100% accurate in everything he said, and perhaps people disagreed with parts of the announcement.
But the question is, what really matters?
Newfound Media Perception
The mainstream coverage of Trump’s announcement illustrated everything wrong with the establishment media.
Here we are, bleeding at the gas pump, grocery store, and everywhere else that requires a US dollar.
We take public transportation at our own risk of a lunatic pushing us onto the tracks, and the homeless are taking over cities like San Fransisco.
Government and woke policies threaten our children, and unknown people with fentanyl freely cross the border as we stand on the edge of nuclear war.
Regardless of where you stand politically, we can all agree the country is in decline.
And the establishment media wants to nitpick the inflation rate of turkey?
Or argue the footage of the completed wall at the border?
Newsflash for CNN, we regular folk understand Trump’s comment about 300% inflation on Thanksgiving birds was an exaggeration.
And frankly, we don’t really care what the sea level may or may not be in ten or 300 years.
Those will be moot issues if we continue on a path to WW3.
And it’s clear the Mar-a-Lago raid was purely political, and we don’t care if a president has some random secret document in their possession after they leave office.
I mean, the Secret Service watches over ex-presidents and their homes for life.
But hate or love Trump, the United States was in better shape under his leadership, period.
And we know Trump wasn’t perfect.
Many times, he was crass, rude, or unprofessional.
We get it.
But since Trump left office, the US has gone downhill.
Gas was far cheaper under Trump, then Biden’s machine destroyed the economy.
So I think the man at least earned the right to speak.
And the media’s reaction to Trump shows us they don’t have the interests of the everyday American in mind.
The mainstream headlines and internet search results are biased, and people just want a way out of this mess.
And at this point, many people critical of Trump in his first term might be willing to overlook his shortcomings if it means we can scale back the chance of nuclear war, fix the economy, and clean up the crime problem.
The media said Trump was overly-animated and unpresidential while in office.
Now he’s calmed down, and now they claim he’s low-energy, unfit for office.
He can’t win with these people, and this time around, nobody can deny the media’s unchecked bias.
The establishment did a great job misleading people during Trump’s first term.
And they’ll try to stop Trump with tactics such as invoking the 14th amendment or doing whatever they can muster.
But they won’t fool us twice as the corporate media simply doesn’t hold as many people under its spell as it once did.
Whatever happens, the next two years won’t be short of memes.