Newsweek just released the cover to their latest issue, and it features a new line of attack on the President.
Don’t be surprised if you begin to see a coordinated talking point among the media and Democrats that President Trump is lazy. The Newsweek cover (featured below) depicts the President watching TV in a reclining chair with a Diet Coke and Cheetos with the words “Lazy Boy” plastered around his knees.
The cover lists three points:
- Six Months In Office
- 4o Days at Golf Clubs
- Zero Pieces of Major Legislation
While all three points are true, like the media was quick to do with President Obama, the facts must be taken into context. If you think Newsweek is going to pay devil’s advocate in Trump’s favor, however, think again.
The Newsweek cover story is titled “Trump: America’s Boy King: Golf and Television Won’t Make America Great Again.” Writer Alexander Nazaryan makes the case that Trump is lazy, ineffectual, and uninterested in his job as President. He does so using perception, and not much in the way of first-hand knowledge.
Although Nazaryan does quote people who have worked with Trump and describe him as a tireless worker, he then resorts to a dubious source to describe him as lazy and ignorant: MCNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.
His many detractors see it differently. If the golf bothers them—and, judging by the number of websites devoted to chronicling Trump’s excursions, it does—it is only because they see it as symbolic of a lackadaisical approach to the presidency. “This is the laziest, most ignorant president in history,” says MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell. Sure, take MSNBC with a grain of nonpartisan salt, but all those who believe, as O’Donnell does, that Trump is the most ineffectual occupant of the Oval Office in the nation’s history cite, for one, his well-reported lack of involvement in congressional legislative efforts. They point to the numbers like doctors surveying grim lab results: only one solo press conference since his inauguration (he has held joint press conferences with foreign heads of state, after which he usually entertains questions from the press), and just a single foray west of the Mississippi since taking office (and that for a campaign rally). He’s visited neither Iraq nor Afghanistan.
In the first six months of his presidency, Trump found the time to send 1,029 tweets. They include accusations of Obama “tapping” Trump Tower, juvenile taunts hurled at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warmed-over insinuations about the Clintons cribbed from Fox News, complaints about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, complaints about “the Republicans” and endless laments about “fake news,” many of them followed by assertions that are comically untrue.
Nazaryan then ridicules Trump’s demeanor as proof that he is lazy.
Instead, he is playing golf and tweeting anti-CNN wrestling memes. When the weekend concludes, Trump returns to the D.C. swamp with all the enthusiasm of an office lackey slouching toward his cubicle on Monday morning. Only six months in, he seems “a most unhappy warrior,” in the words of Trump biographer and CNN commentator Michael D’Antonio. The scowl that haunts his face, the monotone he uses to deliver official pronouncements: These suggest a second-term lame duck dreaming of a lucrative post-Washington book deal.
These should have been sunnier times. Trump got the biggest political victory imaginable last November, stopping Hillary Clinton’s “inevitable” coronation. Only he didn’t quite realize that the campaign was the beginning of the hard work, not the end. That his supporters would repeat back something he’d said in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, two years ago, and ask him if he’d meant it about prosecuting Clinton or making Mexico pay for a border wall.
So he sits and stews, like Al Bundy, the shoe-selling 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.
Here is the Newsweek cover.
And so it goes.