- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There’s a group of conservative pundits - and some in the media - who, no matter what businessman Donald Trump says, will view it with a certain smugness and disdain.

Before Mr. Trump even finishes a speech, they’ll say he’s wrong, didn’t bother to fact check, ignorant or cringe-worthy. What they don’t seem to realize is, it’s their own self-righteousness that the American public despises, and why trust in the media remains at historical lows.

On Wednesday, before Mr. Trump even finished his first foreign policy speech, the pundits reviews were in, and they were bad.

“I mean it. I have literally less of an idea what Trump thinks about foreign policy after this speech,” wrote Hayes Brown, the world news editor and reporter at BuzzFeed, who obviously is a foreign policy expert.

Ana Navarro, a conservative pundit on CNN and former Florida Sen. Marco Rubio supporter wrote: “Trump said he wasn’t going to change, act more ‘presidential.’ Judging from incoherent foreign policy speech…yes, he kept his promise.”

John Noonan, who worked national security for former presidential contender Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney was equally as dismissing.

Trump has said one thing I buy. That he will introduce unpredictability to US foreign policy. Based on this speech, my God is that true,” Mr. Noonan tweeted.

David Rennie, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Economist, was also unimpressed.

Trump doctrine-mercantilism, nationalism, Russophilia, distrust of grasping allies-is basically @PatrickBuchananwithout the book-learning,” he wrote.

Andrew Kirell, a senior editor at the Daily Beast, questioned Mr. Trump’s authenticity – you know, because he’s in the position to question.

“Genuinely curious: How does reading a speech someone else wrote for you mean you’re suddenly serious on policy?” Mr. Kirell tweeted.

The list goes on, trust me.

Who’d have thought all of these foreign-policy experts and pundits would be absolutely wigged out at the prospect of making America first? Perhaps they need to get off Twitter and get more in touch with the American public. Because obviously, Mr. Trump’s message – and not theirs – is the one that’s registering.

Oh how frustrating that must be.


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