Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Taking Trump "seriously and literally"

On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, Chuck Todd described the response to President Trump's statements in the runup to the US Capitol attack on 6 January: "Wednesday's madness was what happens when supporters take President Trump both seriously and literally." For Todd, then, Trump's statements should be understood as either not serious or just figurative (or both). The first guest, Trump's former White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, picked up on Todd's comments: "[...] as you said [...] people took him literally. I never thought I'd see that." Yet even during the 2016 campaign, Trump's fans took him literally when they appreciated how "he tells it like it is." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 12 January 2021)



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