We all know Donald Trump likes to indulge in hyperbolic bragging from time to time. He knows more than anyone about ISIS, more than anyone about renewable energy, more than anyone about the Israel-Palestine situation, and so on. Whether you find these claims tiresome or endearing probably has a lot to do with how you feel about Trump in general, but it’s safe to say that no one takes them that seriously – including the president himself.
But if Trump were to say that he presided over the greatest White House press conference of all time on Thursday, we’d have to seriously think it over. It might well be the truth.
Certainly, conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh thought so. On his show Thursday, Limbaugh was positively giddy with Trump’s performance.
“This was one of the most effective press conferences I have ever seen,” Limbaugh said. “The press is going to hate him even more after this. Don’t misunderstand. When I say effective, I’m talking about rallying people who voted for him to stay with him.”
Limbaugh surmised that the entire point of the press conference was to jump past the media’s incessant negativity and reach out to those supporters who may be losing faith.
“He rattled off the achievements they’ve had here that the media is not reporting because they’re so focused on whether or not Trump worked with Russia to screw Hillary out of the presidency,” Limbaugh said. “And he was reassuring the people he’s on top of everything. Nothing has changed. Everything he campaigned on, he is doing. All he is doing is fulfilling campaign promises. And of course, the Democrats don’t like him. Of course, the media don’t like him. It isn’t going to stop him.”
Indeed, the president said as much in his opening remarks.
“I’m here today to update the American people on the incredible progress that has been made in the last four weeks since my inauguration,” Trump said. “We have made incredible progress. I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done.”
For the next hour, Trump took questions from the mainstream media while simultaneously taking direct shots at their credibility.
“I have never seen more dishonest media, frankly than the political media,” Trump said. “Tomorrow, they will say: ‘Donald Trump rants and raves at the press.’ I’m not ranting and raving. I’m just telling you. You know, you’re dishonest people. But I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it.”
The headlines were predictably negative and narrow-minded, but it barely matters. Haters are gonna hate, as they say, and Trump has more haters in the media than any president in history. They hate him because he made them all look like fools. They hate him because he defeated them on election day, just as he defeated Hillary Clinton. They hate him most of all because he is waking the country up to the reality of liberal news bias, and they know there’s no way to put that particular genie back in the bottle.
By exposing them, Trump has begun to make them irrelevant. If that’s not the very definition of “making America great again,” we don’t know what is.