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Leon Wolf just used the word “pivot” in the context of Trump. (Managing editor of The Blaze)— Karoli (@Karoli) August 22, 2017
That was on MSNBC, before Trump's speech even began.
New York Times came out shortly after it ended, trying to get out ahead of the narrative by not only calling the pivot in the speech ("his best speech" apparently meaning "the one with the fewest words composed by Donald J. Trump") and the counterpivot we should be expecting sometime today.
POTUS gave his best speech as POTUS. He's given extremely few of these types of speeches. And he has a campaign rally tomorrow. Soooo...— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 22, 2017
But the most scorching hot take of all, I think, came from Chris Cillizza at CNN: the speech was great because it was only "ostensibly" about Afghanistan, it was really about Charlottesville:
He just wasn't telling us how many troops he was sending to Virginia. I guess it depends on how much cooperation we get from North Carolina and Maryland.
Best thing is, that explains what happened last week in the Charlottesville speech: he was talking about Afghanistan!
"It's been going on for a long time... Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, it's been going on for a long time.... Egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides."Like poor old Robert Mugabe, he just got the speeches switched.
Cross-posted at No More Mister Nice Blog.