Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) did his best to stand out at the first Democratic debate on Thursday night, breaking into fluent Spanish in his opening segment and competing with fellow Texan Julián Castro for the spotlight.
But the morning crew at Fox News was not impressed by his performance, lambasting him for looking “miserable.”
“Neediness can be charming in a candidate to a certain degree,” said political analyst Chris Stirewalt. “Especially for Castro, who couldn’t speak Spanish as well as his fellow Texan, Beto O’Rourke.”
“O’Rourke, though — no matter what language he was doing, he seemed sad. He seemed unhappy. He seemed uncomfortable to be there,” said Stirewalt. “He seemed like he was doing this all through a prism of real social discomfort, and I don’t know what happens for him from here. He, of anybody on the stage, needed that night to get back into the second tier to show that he was doing it, and he looked as miserable as a dog in a thunderstorm.”
After three straight days of attacking women Trump launches ‘Women for Trump’
President Donald Trump's re-election campaign on Tuesday launched a "Women for Trump" group after the President spent three solid days engaging in racist and nativist attacks against four progressive Democratic women of color. Trump's only other event this week so far, ironically, has been a "Made in America" event.
“Donald Trump doesn’t see color. He doesn’t see race. He doesn’t see gender. He just sees the people that he loves," Katrina Pierson, a longtime Trump campaign spokesperson, said at Tuesday's event in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
The media’s ‘Made in America’ problem: Trump creates racist controversy — and gets free campaign coverage
Let’s presume, however depressing that notion may be, that mainstream news organizations will continue to fumble the ball when it comes to directly calling blatantly racist statements coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth what they are, which is racist.
Let’s also presume that in the fallout of such incidents like Trump’s racist tweets on Sunday, media organizations adopt predictable stances. Most struggle to maintain a sense of equanimity and fairness when it comes to calling out Trump’s racism. Fox amplifies it.
Exclusive: A ‘disinformation hurricane’ is coming in 2020 as more adversaries emulate Russia’s model
Matthew Osborne is a veteran Democratic operative who worked on the Dry Alabama campaign, an operation that sought to emulate Russian tactics on Facebook and raise awareness about deceptive social media tactics. His operation was profiled in The New York Times.
Shortly after the first debate between Democratic presidential contenders, trolls from the message board 4Chan boosted Tulsi Gabbard to the top of some online polls, earning credulous press attention with this sudden surge of support. At the same time, real and fake Andrew Yang supporters complained of supposed unfairness to their candidate, trending #LetYangSpeak on Twitter. While this is unlikely to make either longshot candidate the nominee, anyone looking to disrupt the Democratic Party has two new potential wedges.