I was pretty much done with the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump’s character in the summer of 2017 — a late date, I know, but you hope there’s still something accurate to be gleaned out there about the man.
The article in question was published in GQ and written by Joshua David Stein. In “Why Trump’s Awful Taste in Food Isn’t Just an Issue of Taste,” he argued that Trump’s interest in well-done steaks and fast food was actually a revealing character flaw.
That’s when I pretty much checked out. My general impression of Trump since then has been from Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself; (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
Trump is a man said to be of unusual bluster who exhibits surprising kindness, and a man who can come across to the media as ridiculous and to voters as just the politician they’ve been waiting for all their lives.
I assume, in other words, there are a multitude of things regarding our 45th president’s character that would surprise us. We found out about one of them this week because of the health scare suffered by the son of Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice — and most of the media wasn’t about to cover “the Donald Trump that people don’t know.”
Jay Justice III had been hospitalized with a blood clot, WV MetroNews reported. And at a Trump rally in Charleston on Tuesday, where the president endorsed state Attorney General Patrick Morrissey for Senate, Gov. Justice of the president talked about the incident.
“My son, believe it or not, just ended up with an incredibly close call, a blood clot, at age 37, a guy who runs six miles a day. It would have gone to his lung,” the governor said.
“I would really appreciate your prayers. I just left Johns Hopkins just a second ago and flew.”
In an appearance Saturday on “Fox & Friends“, Justice described what happened on stage next.
“I walk up to (the president) and he puts his arms around me … he says, ‘As soon as this is over, you get the hell out of here and get back to your son,” Justice said.
He figured that was that. But then, a few days later, he got a call on the OnStar line in his car.
MetroNews said that “when the call came over his OnStar system, the governor was caught a little off guard.”
“So I answered it, and it’s the president,” Justice said.
While Justice figured it might be about new coal emissions standards or his endorsement of Morrissey, that was actually the furthest thing from his mind.
“But I answered the phone and here’s exactly what he said — he said ‘Big Jim, I’m telling you, you’re the greatest,’” Justice said Friday.
“And then the next words out of his mouth was, ‘The only reason I’m calling is I’m checking on Jay. How’s Jay?’”
“It’s incredible that he would just take the time to call,” the governor said. “That’s the Donald Trump that people don’t know.”
This, by the way, was something that Trump took time out to do in one of the busiest legal and political weeks of his presidency. The man indeed contains multitudes.
That GQ writer, however, didn’t think so: “The man has the tastes of a pile of crumpled-up Kleenex,” Stein wrote. “Like so much of Trumpworld’s absurdity, his eating habits are almost cartoonishly metaphorical.”
The media didn’t report a whole lot on Trump’s call to Gov. Justice. They did, however, publish a piece about well-done steaks.
If was ever a single reason I could cite why I checked out on the mainstream media, that would be in the running.
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