Hey, it’s Democratic National Convention week… so it’s time for KELO-TV’s Leland Steva to interview John Thune about last week’s Republican National Convention. Cue awkward smoochie sounds:
“Donald Trump represents a new direction and again I don’t agree with everything. I don’t agree with some of his tactics or the way he goes about doing things but I think the choice for the American people is a very clear one,” Thune said [Leland Steva, “Senator Thune Talks About Republican Convention,” KELO-TV, 2016.07.25].
The logical follow-up here is, “Like what, Senator Thune? On what don’t you agree with your Presidential nominee?” or, “Does new direction mean positive direction?” But Steva doesn’t press Thune on his disagreements or on whether “new direction” means anything other than surrendering Europe to Trump’s pal Putin. Steva just slop-confabulates Trump’s false cries of rising crime with Thune’s vague concerns about national security:
Despite FBI numbers showing the violent crime rate has been decreasing for years, whoever took the podium during the Republican National Convention talked about the need to improve national security. Thune agrees with the message.
“I think we need to be coming up with solutions to keep Americans safe in what is becoming an increasingly dangerous world,” Thune said [Steva, 2016.07.25].
Steva gets points for including the hyperlink but loses points for not asking Thune directly to square fact with convention fiction.
Steva helps Thune with a CBS poll showing 67% of Americans don’t think Hillary Clinton is honest or trustworthy. Steva doesn’t mention that the same poll shows 56% of Americans don’t find Donald Trump honest or trustworthy. He also omits that the same poll shows zero post-convention bump for Trump: compared to the results of a CBS pre-convention poll, Trump and Clinton both gained two points and stayed tied after Trump’s RNC speech. Most importantly, Steva leaves out that while Trump beats Clinton in popular perception of having “strong qualities of leadership,” Clinton beats Trump on temperament, personality, and preparation for the job (61% say Trump lacks the temperament and personality of a good President, and 58% say he’s not prepared for the job).
Steva misses another chance to contradict Thune’s bubbles-and-bunny-farts assessment that “Republicans came out of the convention in pretty good shape.” The CBS poll shows that while 50% of registered voters who watched the convention came away thinking better of Trump and 36% came away thinking worse of the nominee, 43% of convention-viewing voters came away thinking worse of the GOP, just a tick more than the 42% who came away thinking better of Thune’s party. Better study that number, Senator Thune: your nominee’s Manhattan tuxedo coattails appear to be a little short. Not that The Donald minds—Trumpism says as long as he builds his brand, who cares what happens to anyone else’s, right?