Wrong again, MSM: Trump’s not lazy

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JOSEPH CURL Joseph Curl has cov­ered pol­i­tics for 25 years, in­clud­ing 12 years as White House cor­re­spon­dent at The Wash­ing­ton Times. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twit­ter @josephcurl.

The minute you take your hand off that Bi­ble at noon on Jan. 20, the weight of the world falls on your shoul­ders. And it stays there un­til some­one else takes that same 35-word oath four or eight years later — the oath of the pres­i­dency.

Here’s some­thing that won’t shock you read­ers but seems to have the main­stream me­dia be­fud­dled: Pres­i­dents are never “off.” They can never call in “sick.” They are pres­i­dent for ev­ery minute of ev­ery day un­til they’re not. It re­ally is a 24/7/365 job, un­like any other.

And it’s a game the two sides play: Repub­li­cans bashed for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama for play­ing 333 rounds of golf dur­ing his pres­i­dency and va­ca­tion­ing in Hawaii over Christ­mas, so now it’s the Democrats’ turn to be­rate Pres­i­dent Trump for play­ing golf and “va­ca­tion­ing” at one of his many lux­ury re­sorts.

So, true to the script, that’s just what the Democrats are do­ing. And per­haps not sur­pris­ingly, the main­stream me­dia is glee­fully join­ing in on the tired old saw.

Newsweek went all in last week with a cover show­ing Trump splayed out in a re­cliner, bag of Chee­tos in one hand, TV re­mote con­trol in the other. “LAZY BOY: Don­ald Trump is bored and tired. Imag­ine how bad he’d feel if he did any work,” says the cover text. “Trump, Amer­ica’s Boy King: Golf and Tele­vi­sion Won’t Make Amer­ica Great Again,” reads the story head­line.

One para­graph says Trump “sits and stews, like Al Bundy, the shoe­selling pro­tag­o­nist of ‘Mar­ried … With Chil­dren’, the sit­com of roil­ing white dis­con­tent that pre­dicted Trump bet­ter than any po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist or pun­dit. Un­sat­is­fy­ing job, un­grate­ful chil­dren, all around him a na­tion in de­cline. Bundy dreams of the days when he was a high school foot­ball star; Trump, of his elec­tion-night romp through the Up­per Mid­west.”

“Don­ald Trump’s over­com­pen­sa­tion va­ca­tion,” CNN’s Chris Cil­lizza wrote on Mon­day. And the “jour­nal­ist” mocked Trump for say­ing he was hard at work up at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

“Work­ing hard or hardly work­ing, amirite?” he snarked on Twit­ter. Ha ha, hi­lar­i­ous.

So, the meme is Mr. Trump is lazy. There’s a lot of things peo­ple can say about Mr. Trump — some of them quite ac­cu­rate — but “lazy” just isn’t one of them.

At 70 years old, Mr. Trump is al­most in­de­fati­ga­ble. He seems hardly to sleep: Tweet­ing out mes­sages at 1, 2 a.m., then back up and at it again at 6 or 7 a.m. Un­like other pres­i­dents — who claimed never to watch TV or fol­low the polls — Mr. Trump not only does both those things, he rev­els in them, re­act­ing quickly, fir­ing out posts on Twit­ter.

On Mon­day, Mr. Trump sent out 13 tweets, re­spond­ing to ev­ery­thing from Demo­cratic Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal’s ap­pear­ance on CNN (he evis­cer­ated the phony valor thief) to the fake news me­dia to the cel­e­bra­tion of Pur­ple Heart Day.

His first tweet was at 6:38 a.m. His last tweet from the night be­fore, right af­ter a phone call with the South Korean pres­i­dent, was at 9:22 p.m. So, do­ing a lit­tle math, that’s roughly a 15-hour day. A lit­tle din­ner, a quick six­hour sleep and he was right back at it.

While some crit­ics de­mand Mr. Trump stop tweet­ing, he does so to get past the end­less fake news from the pseudo-jour­nal­ists cover­ing his pres­i­dency. With the new meme that Mr. Trump is “lazy,” the pres­i­dent is mak­ing sure to de­tail all of his work, from phone calls to meet­ings.

“Work­ing in Bedminster, N.J., as long planned con­struc­tion is be­ing done at the White House. This is not a va­ca­tion - meet­ings and calls!” he wrote on Sat­ur­day. “Just com­pleted call with Pres­i­dent Moon of South Korea. Very happy and im­pressed with 15-0 United Na­tions vote on North Korea sanc­tions,” he tweeted Sun­day. “Work­ing hard from New Jer­sey while White House goes through long planned ren­o­va­tion. Go­ing to New York next week for more meet­ings,” he said Mon­day.

And on Tues­day at 7:11 a.m. — on his so-called golf “va­ca­tion,” Trump tweeted: “I will be hold­ing a ma­jor briefing on the Opi­oid cri­sis, a ma­jor prob­lem for our coun­try, to­day at 3:00 P.M. in Bedminster, N.J.”

By 8 a.m., Trump had al­ready sent out five tweets, on top­ics rang­ing from the opi­oid cri­sis to North Korea mov­ing anti-ship cruise mis­siles to the fail­ing Oba­macare.

Of course, the MSM knows Mr. Trump isn’t lazy, but they’re run­ning out of weapons to take him down, so they’re giv­ing it a try, any­way. They’ve tried ev­ery­thing else.

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