President Donald Trump took time to video chat with some troops on Thanksgiving, but an MSNBC panel wasn’t satisfied with the president’s gesture of goodwill.
The panel admitted up front that it was very kind of the president to call the troops during a holiday, but they spent the rest of the time bashing everything about the call.
“One, it’s nice for the president to do that,” Robert Traynham, an MSNBC analyst, said with a sigh. “Maybe I’m reading too far into this, but it didn’t seem very authentic. It seemed to be heavily scripted.”
“I’m used to a president looking into the camera and thanking the men and women,” he continued. “Talking about them and what they’re doing about not about, to use his words, a beautiful tax cut.”
Brendan Greely, a contributor for The Economist, also started his critique with a heavy sigh, stating, “nobody wages cultural wars as effectively as Donald Trump.”
“It was amazing to watch him in his message to the troops doing it right then and there, talking about, ‘the reason we’re different is this administration is letting you do your job , they’re letting you fight,'” he said. “These are all cultural signals.”
Niall Stanage, a contributor for The Hill, was unwilling to let the opportunity pass by and threw in some more disapproval when it was his turn to speak.
“The speech is kind of pockmarked by these political points and these partisan points,” he said. “The idea that you’re fighting for something real when the real thing appears to be a booming stock market? I mean, I’m perplexed.”