President Donald Trump is looking to influence the 2016 elections with a strategy he knows well: dominating the news.
With less than a month until the first midterms of his presidency, Trump has been ramping up media appearances, hosting more campaign-style rallies to stump for congressional candidates and using every trick he knows to tap the 24-hour cable news cycle.
On Thursday, that meant hosting rapper Kanye West at the White House, who gave a passionate but disorganized 10-minute soliloquy about Trump’s “male energy,” relations with North Korea and his belief he was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“Let’s stop worrying about the future; all we have is today,” West said, in a speech that was broadcast on TV. “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. He might not have thought he’d have a crazy mother-fucker like (me).”
Earlier in the day, Trump himself gave an extended 45-minute interview with “Fox & Friends” that touched on financier George Soros, former Attorney General Eric Holder and a theory offered, without evidence, that Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia in 2016, among other things.
In addition to these off-the-cuff remarks, Trump has also been hitting the campaign trail to boost Republican candidates. In just the past week and a half, Trump has traveled to Tennessee, Mississippi, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa and Pennsylvania.
In each of these settings, Trump makes news and changes the narrative, engaging in the hand-to-hand combat style of politics he enjoys. On Oct. 2 in Mississippi, Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who had accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, for gaps in her memory. On Oct. 9 in Iowa, he indulged his crowd in a “lock her up” chant with a new target: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California and the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. On “Fox & Friends,” …read more
Source:: Time – Politics