It's times like this that I'm reminded of a quote by conservative columnist P.J. O'Rourke during the election season:
"I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises," O'Rourke continued. "It's the second-worst thing that can happen to this country, but she's way behind in second place. She's wrong about absolutely everything, but she's wrong within normal parameters."Emphasis added. I really can't wrap my head around the childish behavior of this Administration, this morning demonstrated with a wrestling video of Trump tackling CNN. What makes it worse, in my opinion, is that this isn't just another one of Trump's ill-advised tweets:
The theory behind "speak softly and carry a big stick" is that you're thoughtful and circumspect, but willing to take action if necessary. Trump's contra-theory is to swing wildly and let the chips fall where they may.
Extra - Everybody over at Instapundit thinks this is great because screw the media. I can sympathize: yes, the media maintains a double-standard for Republicans and they overreact to everything and they deserve every bit of criticism. But is this juvenile display is not the way to do it. The White House, as an institution, should be held to a higher standard.
Or maybe it is. I've been so consistently wrong about Trump that maybe this is the way things are now.
Update - It looks like the video was not prepared by somebody in the White House but instead some anonymous Redditor, which means the President of the United States is scrolling through r/The_Donald for material. Great.