While much of the country is nervous that Donald Trump is tweeting us to the brink of a nuclear war with North Korea, his propaganda outlets are celebrating his "win."
Donald Trump’s bombastic verbal escalation with North Korea does not have much support from anyone, even from his own advisers who are desperately trying to turn down the rhetoric.
But at the feverishly pro-Trump site Breitbart — the very site that White House strategist Steve Bannon continues to run, thanks to a special dispensation — Trump’s reckless war of words is a victory.
“Donald Trump Wins Round One with North Korea,” a headline laughably proclaims. According to Joel B. Pollack, senior editor-at-large at Breitbart News, Trump has demonstrated “rhetorical genius” in recent days, even if the “political elite, and the foreign policy establishment” are reluctant to give Trump the credit he apparently deserves.
Trump’s so-called genius includes the terrifying insistence earlier this week that North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” if it dared to threaten the United States ever again — which it did later that same day, calling Trump’s bluff and all but daring him to prove it.
Trump did no such thing, instead enjoying yet another secret round of golf.
This, according to the Trump propaganda outlet, “shifted the costs of a war radically in our favor and against theirs.”
On Thursday, when a reporter asked Trump about North Korea’s dismissal of his tough talk as “nonsense,” Trump said, “I don’t think they mean that.” He added that maybe his original “fire and fury” threat “wasn’t tough enough.”
While this elicited more groaning and eye-rolling from most of the press, according to Breitbart, “In threatening the most violent possible attack, Trump elicited a response that is significantly less threatening.”
Meanwhile, former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth, who sits on Trump’s campaign advisory board, insisted on CNN that Trump “should be taken seriously, not always literally.”
On Friday, Trump took to Twitter to boost clips from “Fox & Friends” replaying his Thursday comments and to tell the world that “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
While most would agree that such bellicose language is not helping to de-escalate the mounting tensions with North Korea, Breitbart says, “Trump’s rhetoric is not, as former Obama adviser Susan Rice claims, the problem. In fact, it is part of the solution.”
The idea that Trump’s impulsive off-the-cuff comments are somehow the solution to the situation is absurd on its face and certainly not something any legitimate media source would claim.
But this is Breitbart, the openly pro-Trump site that is coordinating and cooperating with the White House to portray Trump as something other than the bumbling, failing, flailing, incompetent, and dangerous president he is. In fact, it’s the same outlet where another editor claimed only a day ago that a fashion spread in Vogue with the Statue of Liberty in the background was somehow an attack on Trump’s supporters.
So while the rest of the world anxiously awaits the next belligerent missive from Trump, the right-wing outlets are working overtime to spin the threats and fears of nuclear war as “rhetorical genius.”