Trump Lastly Brings the Media Collectively: All Agree He Caved


In a uncommon second of unity in at present’s polarized politics, media shops put aside their traditional variations on Saturday and uniformly agreed: President Trump “caved” on the shutdown. Wanting extra carefully at media protection of the shutdown over the previous week, we will see that the postponement of his State of the Union deal with appears to have foreshadowed Trump’s Friday capitulation to reopen the federal government with out funding for a border wall.

The media’s response to Trump’s spectacular reversal was maybe greatest summarized by the New York Day by day Information’ Saturday entrance web page headline: “Cave Man.”

The HuffPost ran related headlines, together with “This Is A Cave, Not A Wall” and “Trump Caves On The Shutdown — To A Girl Who Questioned His Manhood.” Politico titled it “Full, whole give up.”

The conservative press was not a lot kinder.

The Washington Examiner provided “Artwork of the dangerous deal yields an ‘F’” and lamented “Trump’s cave-in to Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” Ann Coulter referred to as Trump “the most important wimp ever to function President of the US.” Breitbart proclaimed “Pelosi Trumps Trump” whereas The Gateway Pundit tendered “Trump Caves!”

The phrase of the day appeared to be “cave,” taken from Trump’s personal tweet final Tuesday the place he demanded that Republicans again him: “No Cave!

The timeline under exhibits the proportion of worldwide on-line information protection by hour (Japanese time zone) within the 65 languages monitored by the GDELT Undertaking that contained the phrases “Trump,” “shutdown” and “Pelosi” and both “cave” or “caved” or “caves” or “caving.” Since a lot of the post-Friday shutdown protection has targeted on logistical points akin to when museums and parks will reopen, the inclusion of Pelosi’s identify ensures the outcomes under are restricted to political protection of the newest developments.

Instantly clear is that there have been truly three intervals final week the place the phrase “cave” dominated political dialog of the shutdown. The primary, reaching a excessive of 36 p.c of protection, got here on Tuesday within the aftermath of Trump’s “no cave” tweet. On Thursday the phrase peaked at 49 p.c of protection as Trump accepted that his State of the Union deal with can be postponed till after the shutdown ended. Lastly, by eight p.m. Friday a full 77 p.c of protection used the phrase because the press on either side used Trump’s personal “no cave” phrases in opposition to him.

Starkly clear within the timeline above is how Thursday’s State of the Union concession gave option to Friday’s whole capitulation. It appears Trump’s lack of the SOTU speech was the start of the tip for his shutdown resolve and reminds us how essential the theatrics of the presidency are to him.

The impression of Trump’s Wednesday evening acknowledgement that his SOTU speech must be rescheduled will be seen within the timeline under, which plots the proportion of shutdown protection that mentions “concession” or “concede” or “conceded” or “conceding” or “concedes.”

With a peak of 41 p.c of protection twice on Thursday and hitting 80 p.c on Friday, it’s clear that the media seen Trump’s refusal to carry his SOTU at another venue as a recognition that Pelosi was now in cost.

Capitulation was the phrase of the day Friday afternoon as media shops digested his settlement to reopen the federal government with out wall funding. “Capitulation” or “capitulate” or “capitulates” or “capitulating” or “capitulated” reached 59 p.c within the 2 p.m. hour and lasted by the 5 p.m. hour.

In flip, capitulation gave option to “give up” or “surrenders” or “surrendered” or “surrendering” Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning, reaching a peak of 74 p.c.

Combining all of those phrases collectively, we will see that Wednesday evening’s State of the Union concession was the beginning of an uninterrupted development of negativity from half of all political shutdown protection Thursday morning by greater than 90 p.c of protection Saturday by Sunday morning.

Placing this all collectively, Trump’s shutdown concession has lastly achieved a second of unity in our fractured nation: Each the precise and the left appear to agree that he caved, conceded, capitulated and surrendered to Pelosi.

The truth that Trump’s acceptance of Pelosi’s extraordinary State of the Union snub appears to have kicked off the media’s darkened tone suggests the lack of the SOTU could have performed a bigger than anticipated function in Trump’s final settlement to reopen the federal government with none of his unique calls for having been met.

In the long run, a minimum of Trump will be happy with lastly bringing our divided nation collectively for one transient second.

RealClear Media Fellow Kalev Leetaru is a senior fellow on the George Washington College Middle for Cyber & Homeland Safety. His previous roles embrace fellow in residence at Georgetown College’s Edmund A. Walsh Faculty of International Service and member of the World Financial Discussion board’s World Agenda Council on the Way forward for Authorities.