My bad. That was President Donald Trump.
Wednesday’s Cabinet Room gun control roundtable left gun-rights advocates, NRA members and rank-and-file conservatives (the few of us left, anyway) horrified that Trump not usually isn’t who he claimed to be on a debate route – we already knew he binds roughly no organisation domestic truth – though that what passes for a Republican process offer in his administration is adult for grabs and that his many constant supporters don’t unequivocally seem to care. The whole thing stirred routinely Trumpist Breitbart News to run a “Trump The Gun Grabber” headline, though that handwringing is too little, too late, and doubtful to serve cold Trump’s lukewarm capitulation ratings. Trump’s underwater altogether though still enjoying strong support among “Republicans.”
It’s a same whiplash old-school Republicans felt during final year’s Obamacare dissolution fight: You know, when a boss described one chronicle of a congressional GOP dissolution devise as “mean” while berating Republican members of a Senate and House around Twitter and job legislative audibles during accurately a wrong moments.
Ditto new domestic wrangling over DACA: Build-the-wall-and-ship-’dreamers’-home-Trump contingency have called out ill a day that bill-of-love Trump sat in a room full of legislators and pronounced he’d support a “clean DACA bill,” sans limit confidence provisions, on Democrats’ wish list. White House confidant and immigration hawk Stephen Miller substantially dry-heaved when he listened that one. For a minute, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi substantially couldn’t trust their good happening – until Republicans grabbed Trump by a lapels and done him snap out of it.
Trump is a quadruped roughly preternaturally attuned to a changeable moods of a open and deeply shabby by what he sees on television. For him, beliefs and truth do not intercede politics, politics is mediated by TV; specifically, how he is privately portrayed on TV. He thinks he is, or should be, a star of each story. A hypothesis that’s been challenged in new weeks.
Since mid- to late 2015, with usually a few brief interruptions, he has, indeed, been a media’s focus. Coverage hasn’t always been favorable, though to him, all courtesy is good. For a final dual weeks, however, a Parkland, Florida, propagandize sharpened has been pushing a news, and a wire talk-show programming he claims not to watch has been wall to wall Parkland and gun control.
Trump has seen a fresh-faced, decorous Parkland kids, with stories of a genuine fear they witnessed, their pull for despotic gun control, including a banning of semi-automatic rifles, quite AR-15s, and for a ubiquitous rollback of Second Amendment liberties. Creature of tension and instinct that he is, he’s been (fairly easily) assured by a fake-news-liberal-media (read: the-folks-I-want-so-badly-to-like-me) that gun control’s impulse has arrived.
So – fervent to demeanour like a advanced dealmaker that he clearly is not and will never be – he sat down and told Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that she should hurl her attack weapons anathema into a grieving center-right Manchin-Toomey gun remodel bill, and she could hardly enclose her glee.
The problem, during slightest in this case, is that on tip of a long-standing narrow-minded corner over Second Amendment rights, you’ve got Trump’s long-standing settlement of changeable underneath a change of a news cycle and whatever he perceives as a renouned perspective – a yarn strongman whose thought of being a people’s champion is to mold himself, Play-Doh-like, to heed to whatever pleases a assembly immediately in front of him. He believes in nothing, though has gigantic moods.
As a longtime GOP consultant, I’ve always had a half-joking, half-serious order about domestic possibilities and inaugurated officials: They can be tough, smart, decent or talented, though of those traits, they practically usually get to select two. Trump, wholly sui generis in a politics, is a successful politician embodying zero of those. He’s feeble briefed, malleable, pretentious and dishonest, and all he cares about is how he comes opposite in a press. Which creates it damn-near unfit for any self-respecting regressive to know him, expect his positions or trust him on policy.
In each legislative fight, a boss is a diseased fan and an dangerous narrator. Except for taxation cuts – a easiest thing in a universe to sell (who doesn’t wish a bigger paycheck?) – he can’t sell what he doesn’t understand, and that’s a lot.
Over a march of his life and career, from guns, to health care, to abortion, to a Iraq War, to either a sovereign government’s monthly practice numbers are “phony,” Trump hasn’t been even tighten to a get-it-done, never-back-down, super adjudicator of his possess daydreams. As nearby as we can tell, his deepest truth are that a best beef is an overcooked one and that there’s zero that doesn’t demeanour improved with his name, in all-caps, appended to it.
He’s a gun-grabber today. Give him a day or two, and he competence consider about grabbing something else.
Rick Wilson is a Republican consultant and a Daily Beast columnist.