Contrary to the disapproval Democrats and mainstream media outlets have for the way President Donald Trump addresses his opponents, Trump supporters appear to love the way he talks.
During his speech at a Tuesday rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump spent the majority of his time bashing the mainstream media over their coverage of his response to the violence that occurred in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.
He donned several outlets with unattractive nicknames, such as “the failing New York Times,” while also referring to “little George Stephanopoulos.” Trump also accused The Washington Post of being a lobbying tool for Amazon, and called CNN “fake news.”
Trump’s rally was viewed by many in the media as bitter and spiteful.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post said Trump “ranted” and “rambled” throughout his address, and suggested attendees began to file out due to boredom. CNN anchor Don Lemon described the president’s demeanor in Phoenix as “petty,” saying his speech was “without thought” and “without reason.”
In one of the strongest rebukes by a member of the media, Axios and Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei expressed his grievances via Twitter.
To family/friends who support Trump: what he said last night about reporters was despicable, extremely deceptive, dangerous…
— Jim VandeHei (@JimVandeHei) August 23, 2017
VandeHei took particular umbrage with Trump’s accusation that the media do not love America and attempt to erase the country’s heritage.
But that sentiment runs in complete contradiction to the many of the people who attended Trump’s rally.
The Trump supporters who filled the convention center Tuesday may be the ones Hillary Clinton was referring to when she described many of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”
But to them, Trump speaking his mind and talking tough about his opponents is one of the defining features that they adore about him.
“I’m a Trump supporter — have been since the campaign. I like what he says,” one woman who attended the rally told Western Journalism. She outlined her support for the president’s stance on taxes and foreign policy.
Her friend standing close by spoke more ardently of her support for Trump.
“One thing our president is able to do is be more of a Winston Churchill than a Neville Chamberlain,” she said, making a connection between the World War II-era U.K. prime ministers and Trump.
“I am glad that the man is not weak and will stand up to the person in North Korea and understand you can’t negotiate with a madman. What this man is doing is he’s standing up,” she added, using her hands to express emotion. “He’s not being a wimp.”
An appreciation for tough talk has been a cornerstone of Trump’s popularity since he entered the political stage.
During his presidential announcement speech in June 2015, Trump touched on many issues facing the nation, including illegal immigration from Mexico.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” then-candidate Trump said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
The line drew immediate condemnation from progressive outlets and liberal pundits.
The backlash, however, kept Trump stuck in the 24-hour news cycle and propelled him to a lead in the GOP polls — where he stayed for the remainder of the Republican primary.
The initial benefit he received by the non-stop media coverage of his remarks proved to be indicative of his entire campaign strategy.
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source: Western Journalism