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Prior to President Trumpâ€™s inauguration, I predicted a coming story arc in three acts. Act one involved mass protests in the streets because Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign had successfully branded Trump as the next Hitler. Sure enough, we saw mass protests by anti-Trumpers who legitimately and honestly believed the country had just elected the next Hitler. I predicted that the Hitler phase would evaporate by summer for lack of supporting evidence. That happened.
I also predicted the anti-Trumpers would modify their attack from â€œHitlerâ€ to â€œincompetent,â€ and that phase would last the summer. That happened too. The presidentâ€™s critics called him incompetent and said the White House was in â€œchaos.â€ There were plenty of leaks, fake news, and even true stories to support that narrative, as I expected. Every anti-Trump news outlet, and even some that supported him started using â€œchaosâ€ to describe the situation.
Now comes the fun part.
I predicted that the end of this three-part story would involve President Trumpâ€™s critics complaining that indeed he was â€œeffective, but we donâ€™t like it.â€ Or words to that effect. I based that prediction on the assumption he would get some big wins by the end of the year and it would no longer make sense to question his effectiveness, only his policy choices.
How does the anti-Trump media gracefully pivot from â€œchaos and incompetenceâ€ to a story of â€œeffective, but we donâ€™t like itâ€? They need an external event to justify the turn. They need a visible sign of the White House moving from rookie status to professional status.