No longer will the media wait for President Trump to say something it can label as racist. It has taken to reading his mind and divining racial thoughts he’s never expressed.
Last Thursday, after recording artist Kanye West visited the White House, CNN’s Chris Cuomo discussed the visit. Cuomo suggested that West’s views stem from mental illness, then turned the spotlight on the president.
“And making the decision to put him in this position [of commenting on national and world affairs] … that falls on Trump because he knows or has reason to know what I just told you [that West is mentally unstable]. But clearly, [Trump’s] sensitivity is triggered by other concerns – attention, praise and some jaundiced notion of how to get black approval above the pathetic 10 percent it tends to track at for him.”
More than a third of black voters support Trump, according to an August poll.
Cuomo then said he doesn’t think it’s “kind or warranted” to delve into the thoughts West expressed.
“But listen to this,” he said, playing a clip from the photo opportunity, in which West said, “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. And he might not have expected to have a crazy mother-f—er like Kanye West run up and support …”
“My curiosity wasn’t what came out of Kanye’s mouth,” Cuomo said. “My wonder was what was going on in Trump’s head. Let’s take a look at him. Here’s my educated guess, OK? Other than a warm, serotonin flush of happy hormone, imaginary headlines: ‘Blacks love Trump; he’s blacker than Obama.’ Then came this.”
He then played another clip in which West says, “There was something about when I put this hat on … it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman. That’s my favorite superhero. And you made a cape for me.”
This prompted another imagined journey inside the president’s head.
“I certainly agree this is a cartoonish situation,” Cuomo said. “But look at Trump here yet again. ‘Yeah, Superman. Sure I am. I can do anything. I can save people.’ I wonder if images of Hurricane Michael came into his head then … the people that do need saving. And here he is doing this. He was at a rally wen the storm was going on in Pennsylvania. And now he’s with Kanye West as people plod through the ruins of their former life.”
Cuomo contended the press should not have covered the meeting between Trump and West.
He opened the segment by calling it a “traveshmockery,” which he defined as “a travesty inside of a sham inside of a mockery.”
That was “an apt description of the Donald and Kanye Show,” Cuomo said. “My argument isn’t merely to mock. It’s about compassion, credibility and timing for all three major parties in this. Three? Who is the third? The media. Take a look at the phalanx of photographers here. What is this? A summit? Are they launching an initiative for inner-city education grants? No? Then why give it all this hype? Why fan the flames of the foolish?
“And it’s not OK what happened here for two big reasons: First, how is it OK to put Kanye on display like this? He’s not elected or appointed or recognized leader of any community on this planet? Is he popular? Yes. For his music, not his politics.”
After a clip of West hugging Trump, Cuomo held up his hands in picture-taking position, and said, “Click, click, click, click, click, click. Unqualified and untethered adulation. Listen, I’m fine with the president getting praise when he deserves it.
“This is not that. This is manufactured, media-motivated traveshmockery. And the timing alone tells the story of truly messed up priorities. The president does not need fake praise when we have real problems.”