Instead of addressing such questions directly, Trump is grasping for made-for-TV moments designed to enhance his personal aura — a device he has used to some effect in his presidency but that is now emphasizing his disconnect with many Americans
and struggles to manage crises besieging the White House
The President’s television producer’s eye leads him to seek dramatic tableaus that create his preferred image of himself — strong, defiant, tearing down establishment structures and trampling the normal etiquette of the presidency.
In the most recent example on Saturday, Trump’s attempt to wrap himself
in the power and prestige of the military failed at a West Point graduation ceremony
apparently put on for his benefit, when his creeping walk down a ramp triggered so much social media mockery that he felt the need to explain it in a tweet of his own.
And for all his tweets about law and order, he didn’t weigh in on the latest apparent incident of police brutality — the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks
in the back in Atlanta, which led to the resignation of the city’s police chief — while secluded at his New Jersey golf resort
for much of the weekend.