The Parkland Students Are Making a Fool of Trump, and He Hates It

Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 23, 2018

Donald Trump did his thing this morning and tried to set the narrative for the daily news cycle, as he often does. Mostly, I think, he wants the news media to move on from Parkland, because — for Trump — it’s just been one bad news cycle after another. A few days ago, a White House official characterized the Parkland shooting in completely different terms:

“For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” said the White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reflect internal conversations. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.”

How’s that reprieve going now, Donald? After the shooting last week, Trump had privately hoped that the news media would eventually move on from this mass shooting after a few days — like so many others before it — and get back to the business of being narrated by Trump’s morning tweet dump.

This is exactly what this tweet is all about.

This is Trump’s way of saying, “Please for the Love of God, can we talk about anything other than Parkland?” Trump’s proposal to arm school teachers has been met largely with ridicule. As Stephen Colbert noted last night, Trump’s idea didn’t go over well “with teachers, police officers, or people with children.” Four of my closest friends locally are school teachers in the best school district in the state. They’re amazing teachers, and I don’t want a damn one of them bringing a gun to school, and I doubt very seriously that any of the four would want to bring a gun to school. It’s an idiotic idea backed by the NRA, and I think even Trump understands it’s an idiotic idea, but he has to appease his campaign financiers, so rather than be forced to support his own idiotic ideas, he’d rather we move on to DACA or anything else.

But the media won’t, mostly because those Parkland students are amazing and the media loves them. Donald Trump is being outclassed and outshined by high school students, and it’s probably killing him.

The survivors of that school shooting are also very quick with a burn.

And people of all ages are in awe of them.

And they’re not only outclassing our President, but they are ridiculing him, and those insults are reverberating all around social media and cable news, the two places that Donald Trump likes to think that he owns.

How small does the President feel, for instance, after seeing this clip on his DVR/Intelligence briefing?

This student, meanwhile, was shot in both legs and was visited by the President. She was unimpressed.

Back during the GOP debates, I remember one Republican contender after another trying to take Trump down a notch, thinking they could engage with him on his level, but they were ill-suited for Trump’s lame little nicknames. These kids, though? They know social media. They’re smart. They’re witty. And they’re better at this than Donald Trump, which is exactly why Donald Trump wants to talk about anything else other than the shooting right now. He’s probably wishing that we could all go back to talking about Rob Porter or Russia, because he’s being made a fool of on a daily goddamn basis, and it is driving him mad.

He’s attacking them at the fringes right now, but it won’t be too long before he starts attacking them directly. I’m not worried, though: Those survivors are going to make mincemeat of him.


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