Trump is get­ting it done

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE - MARK DAVIS Mark Davis is a ra­dio host in Texas and a colum­nist for The Dal­las Morn­ing News.

As Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ma­neu­vers through fast-paced meet­ings with fel­low world lead­ers in Europe, the most ur­gent mat­ter be­fore him is how to ad­dress a grow­ing threat from a nu­clear North Korea.

Yet as Trump meets with Vladimir Putin and pon­ders the best re­sponse to Kim Jong Un, we re­main steeped in wildly ir­rel­e­vant ob­ses­sions about his so­cial me­dia habits.

There is noth­ing fun­nier than watch­ing me­dia re­ports an­nounc­ing that the “firestorms” over Trump tweets “have not sub­sided.” Well, here’s a way for them to sub­side: Stop the sat­u­ra­tion cov­er­age of them.

For days, we were treated to breath­less, repet­i­tive news cy­cles over an inane video fea­tur­ing Trump in a 2007 stunt skir­mish with WWE owner Vince McMa­hon. A ran­dom Red­dit user re­placed McMa­hon’s face with a float­ing CNN logo, yield­ing a post of a sym­bolic Trump body slam of the net­work, which has wasted count­less hours on Rus­sia col­lu­sion fan­tasies.

Trump, be­ing Trump, saw it, loved it and tweeted it. CNN, be­ing CNN, launched into an ab­surd fit of hand-wring­ing as if the pres­i­dent were lit­er­ally ad­vo­cat­ing vi­o­lence against re­porters.

I would pre­fer a man­nerly, philo­soph­i­cal, elo­quent pres­i­dent. But if a few un­seemly tweets are the price of ad­mis­sion to an ad­min­is­tra­tion that will strengthen our bor­ders, re­vi­tal­ize the econ­omy, ditch Oba­macare, re­build the mil­i­tary, beat ISIS, re­dis­cover cli­mate san­ity and re­store a con­sti­tu­tion­al­ist Supreme Court, I’ll cut that deal ev­ery day.

I be­lieve firmly that I am joined in that sen­ti­ment by nearly all Trump vot­ers, who are far more in­ter­ested in pol­icy vic­to­ries than Twit­ter sideshows. To the de­gree that his most con­tro­ver­sial tweets may dis­tract from ac­tual agenda progress, I count my­self among sup­port­ers who would like to see him dial back some of the tweets and put some leg­isla­tive points on the board.

But the no­tions that his posts are crip­pling or po­lit­i­cally sui­ci­dal, or my fa­vorite, ev­i­dence of psy­cho­log­i­cal un­fit­ness for of­fice, are the prat­tling of people who don’t like him, in­clud­ing some Repub­li­cans still un­nerved that he won in the first place.

But, funny thing: Neil Gor­such is on the Supreme Court, the job-crush­ing reg­u­la­tory state is be­ing drawn down, we are speak­ing truth to the evils of global ji­had, the White House has made clear its de­vo­tion to pro­tect­ing re­li­gious free­dom, gun rights and the un­born, and we have re­versed the pan­der­ing to Cuba and the junk sci­ence of man-made global warm­ing.

The alarm bells are sound­ing not be­cause Trump is wob­bly, un­re­li­able and er­ratic, but be­cause he knows ex­actly what he is do­ing and he is do­ing it. Gen­uine con­ser­va­tives re­main thrilled at the re­sults so far, and ea­ger to see more.

Do we have a feel­ing that there may more tweets we wish he would have thought twice about? Sure. But for ev­ery such mo­ment, there are count­less ex­am­ples of Trump us­ing Twit­ter to do what no pres­i­dent ever has: con­nect with Amer­i­cans in an un­fil­tered, in­stan­ta­neous way, go­ing right over the heads of a me­dia cul­ture burned by its re­sult­ing loss of in­flu­ence.

On his Europe trip, much is made of Trump’s “un­pop­u­lar­ity.” In a might­ily screwed up world, it can be ex­pected that a leader look­ing to wres­tle in­flu­ence away from those who have cre­ated the prob­lems might be viewed dimly. Sim­i­larly, Trump’s slug­gish poll num­bers at home prove that the change is real. Gen­uine re­forms were al­ways go­ing to be jar­ring. Add in the ad­ven­ture of a pres­i­dent who en­joys fir­ing off tweets like a teenager, and the ride ex­erts even more G-forces.

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