The media united in horror last month when Donald Trump casually suggested that there might be more to President Barack Obama than meets the eye. Headlines screamed: Trump Accuses Obama of Being Involved in Orlando Attack. Not a reasonable interpretation of his remarks, but then, when has the liberal press ever let truth get in the way of their preferred narrative?
If they thought they’d taught the Republican nominee a lesson, however, they found out differently this week. On Fox & Friends, Trump said there was still something off about the way Obama was responding to the law enforcement tragedies in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“I watch the president and sometimes the words are okay, but you just look at the body language, there’s something going on,” Trump said. “Look, there’s something going on. And the words are often not okay, by the way.”
Contrary to custom, Obama’s words after the Baton Rouge attack were actually okay. He stressed unity, he condemned cable news shows for amplifying our divisions, and he praised police officers without tempering that praise with criticism. If we’d had more of this Obama in recent years, we might not be in the situation we’re in now.
At the same time, though, Trump is picking up on something that conservatives have noticed since Barack Obama first appeared on the national scene. When you read the average Obama speech in black and white, you can’t always find a lot to criticize. Sometimes? Yes. But even when he says all the right things, there’s something about him that betrays his true agenda. Frankly, both Bill and Hillary Clinton have that same way about them. Humans are hard-wired to notice when someone is insincere, and all three of the above-mentioned Democrats reek of deception. You can’t listen to them talk for more than a few minutes before you start wondering, “Hmm, but what do they really think?”
Notably, you don’t get that with Trump. That’s not to say that Trump is a perfect Boy Scout or anything, but do you doubt that he’s speaking his mind? Do you ever get the feeling there’s a “Secret” Donald Trump who’s simply playing the American public? That’s what Democrats (and not a few Republicans) want us to believe, but the big problem is that – on a gut level – we trust him in a way we do not trust the average politician, much less Obama and the Clintons. His sincerity may be his greatest asset.
For too long, we’ve been governed by slick-talking politicians who can deliver a scripted speech like they’re channeling the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. When the words are coming from behind a mask, they aren’t doing any of us any good.