This past week President Trump held a press conference.
And what a press conference it was.
The president stood before the White House Press Corps and delivered a message that many of us have longed to hear from a President. And he delivered it loud and clear.
After Trump was done they retreated to their fainting couches in the safe spaces of the CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC studios and the newsrooms of the New York Times and Washington Post to whine about how they were treated.
And what was the message from the presidential podium?
The things the Trump Administration is doing are not meant to curry favor with or gain approval from the elitist media and their allies in the arrogant unelected bureaucracy who have decided to undermine this president with leaks and rank insubordination.
The media is somehow shocked because President Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do during the campaign.
I am sure they thought that once he was elected and came to their turf in Washington he would abandon his agenda and sign on to theirs even if that meant betraying the bumpkins who elected him-after all politicians never keep their promises.
But Donald Trump is not a politician and he never will be.
Even though he is wealthy he is the champion of the working man and woman and an unabashed patriot who makes no apologies for his love of America.
To prove that he meant what he said, after he gutted the media like a fish, he went to the Oval Office and signed legislation that stopped regulations put in place by Obama that crippled the coal industry.
Standing behind him as he signed were actual coal miners dressed in their work clothes and safety helmets with broad smiles on their faces.
The last time a coal miner was in the White House was when United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis met with FDR in the 1930s
Meanwhile the media was licking their wounds on cable news and in the editorial pages of the newspapers.
On ABC Matthew Dowd whined to George Stephanopoulos that by not calling on the alphabet networks President Trump somehow had violated the First Amendment.
The last time I checked freedom of the press as enshrined in the Bill of Rights didn’t include a passage that said the legacy networks always get a question at presidential press conferences.
Thursday night the so-called comedians on the late night shows-who couldn’t hold a candle to Johnny Carson-added their predictable unfunny drivel to the mix and right on cue Z-list celebrities tweeted their displeasure.
On Friday the news anchors and talking heads of the mainstream media were still upset and they have become inconsolable.
Probably because their 15 minutes of fame are gradually slipping away as Americans find new ways to get their news that don’t include plopping oneself in front of the TV to watch the heirs of Walter Cronkite blab through a commercial filled broadcast of biased reporting.
Where was President Trump on Friday while the whine party was going on back in DC and New York?
He was in South Carolina getting a rousing reception from the aircraft workers as he inspected their handiwork- the new 787 Dreamliner- and pledged to bring more manufacturing jobs back home.
He told them, “Just like you built this incredible plane behind me, we’re going to rebuild this country and ensure that every forgotten community has a bright future. The American workers will always win. Very shortly you will have a level playing field again.”
So while the narcissistic navel gazing media cried about how they felt they were treated at the press conference, coal miners and machinists who do real work in this country were cheering.
And for President Trump that is exactly what these folks elected him to do.
So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week.
“When you throw your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else”.
The media elitists in this country have been throwin’ their weight around for too long. On Thursday, the President threw his weight back.
Media have set themselves up as the ones who know what is best for the people and that anyone who questions their worldview will be discredited and denied legitimacy.
In their zeal to defeat President Trump and his administration they have only discredited themselves as people question their legitimacy.
Time to stop gazing at their navels and start looking in the mirror.