Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He spent the morning watching the Today show and subtweeting an NBC reporter.

Trump had what, for him, was a relatively busy schedule today, but the morning was wide open for some leisurely hate-watching. Trump apparently tuned in to NBC's Today to catch Katy Tur promoting her new book. Tur was frequently singled out for abuse by Trump at his campaign rallies, in one case needing a Secret Service escort to return to her car after Trump pointed her out and encouraged supporters to boo her. Within minutes of her appearance, Trump was grousing on Twitter about people who write "#FAKENEWS" books about him yet "know nothing and have zero access."

The book also reveals that during a backstage encounter at a November 2015 taping of the MSNBC show Morning Joe, Trump grabbed Tur by the shoulders, and kissed her on the cheek. The incident was reminiscent of Trump's 2005 brag to Access Hollywood star Billy Bush: "You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you're a star, they let you do it." 

Trump's "stardom" did indeed factor into it: Tur writes that her first reaction was panic that a camera had caught the kiss, because it could hurt her professionally if she became "part of the story" where Trump was concerned. On camera, Trump immediately bragged to the Morning Joe hosts that he'd just kissed Tur.

Why is this bad?

  • Strictly speaking, a woman who attends two years' of your campaign events, interviews you, and on whom you force a kiss without her consent doesn't have "zero access" and doesn't "know nothing" about you.
  •  It's bad to sneak up on women and force a kiss on them.
  • A president who is this focused on monitoring what people are saying about him is not focused on things that actually matter.