This is so weird that it simply has to be a Dan Scavino production.
No career GOP operative like Kellyanne Conway would pair music this bombastic with an occasion as solemn as the president visiting the victims of two mass shootings, knowing how discordant it is. It would take someone who came to the White House from outside politics, who’s more in tune with Trump’s own mindset of self-promotion at every waking moment.
It has the feel of an action-movie trailer, even though the movie in this case happens to be a somber drama about people recovering from a massacre.. “In a world where a game-show host is president…”
“‘Member the righty outrage when Obama posted photos of himself to commemorate historical events? I ‘member,” said Drew McCoy after watching that. Another reason to believe that Scavino is the culprit is that the clip is perfectly in sync with this tweet from yesterday afternoon:
..The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital, which was all caught on video. They all loved seeing their great President!
— Dan Scavino Jr. Archived (@Scavino45) August 7, 2019
“The President was treated like a Rock Star inside the hospital” should be engraved in marble inside the Trump Presidential Library.
In fairness, Trump posted two other videos yesterday of his visits to Dayton and El Paso with more mood-appropriate music — but, curiously, without any audio of him chatting with the people he met or addressing any crowds. Here’s a bit of audio that was captured by others. He was well received by staff, it seems, notwithstanding the moment when he couldn’t resist comparing his crowd size to Beto O’Rourke’s…
This is viewer video of President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS at @umcelpaso meeting with victims and medical staff. Send us any photos/videos of president Trump's visit to #ElPaso and we may show it on TV. Upload here: https://t.co/UHa4MdGOH4 pic.twitter.com/DD5otJtYEg
— CBS4Local (@CBS4Local) August 8, 2019
…but the reception among patients was chillier:
None of the eight victims of the El Paso mass shooting still being treated at University Medical Center agreed to meet with President Trump when he visited on Wednesday, the hospital’s spokesman said.
“This is a very sensitive time in their lives. Some of them said they didn’t want to meet with the president, some of them didn’t want any visitors,” UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke said…
Before Trump’s visit Wednesday, a number of city and county elected officials met with some of the hospitalized victims, as did Reps. Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.) and Jesús “Chuy” Garcia (D-Ill.)
Escobar has been visiting victims and their families at UMC each day since Sunday. She said she’s met with six patients and the families of three others who aren’t able to communicate because of medical treatment.
It may not have been a snub of Trump specifically, as they also refused to meet with Ted Cruz. Republican well-wishers aren’t welcome, it seems.
The weirdest thing about yesterday wasn’t anything that happened at the hospitals, where his visits went off uneventfully, but the fact that he somehow shoehorned in a full day of sh*tposting about his political enemies while flying around the country on a post-massacre goodwill tour. Watch John Berman rattle off the names of everyone he jabbed at on Twitter, from Joe Biden to the mayor of Dayton to Shepard Smith. It was reminiscent of his teleprompter remarks on Monday about the shootings and white nationalism: He did his duty, but you could tell his mind was elsewhere.
JUST NOW: WH insiders “will privately admit this was something of a debacle, these are not the headlines they wanted to see.”@maggieNYT on insider reaction to @realDonaldTrump trip to Dayton and El Paso.@NewDay pic.twitter.com/WxVTo6HGRv
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) August 8, 2019