Trump’s critics really underestimate the effectiveness of how he uses his sense of humor in public speaking.
Trump will never be called a great orator in the classical sense. He doesn’t step forward with Churchillian speeches that stir a nation to a bold stand against impossible odds.
He has a different sort of dynamism. He is an emphatically informal speaker. He blends together a storyteller’s style, some rough-and-tumble red-meat content, and ad-libbed humor that he uses to tremendous rhetorical effect.
Don’t take my word for it. Look what he was able to pull off while riffing about the turkeys he had just ‘pardoned’.
It was funny, sure, but there was more to it. It was also politically devastating.
President Donald Trump riffed about the impeachment proceedings during the annual Pardoning of the Turkeys: https://t.co/SOBaW2rQzc pic.twitter.com/bsUp8R1Kri
— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) November 27, 2019
He talked about ‘Bread’ and ‘Butter’ having been specially raised to be calm in any condition.
That’s going to be important since both Bread and Butter have already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff’s basement on Thursday. ‘It’s true’.
He wasn’t done.
Bread and Butter, I should note, that unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met. It’s very unusual. Very unusual.
Of course, he sneaks in a swipe at the Media at the end, as well.
Why is that effective?
Simple. He didn’t Lecture anyone. He used humor to highlight a few things.
He highlighted the fact that while America is celebrating Thanksgiving, Schiff will be scheming to move forward with his impeachment scheme. When are the Turkeys appearing? ‘On Thursday’.
He reminded the public about Schiff’s abuse of authority and due process, and that he has made this entirely a ‘Schiff Show’.
He reminded the public that most of Schiff’s handpicked witnesses have no actual connection to the president.
And instead of lecturing people about it, he used humor. A far more memorable method of delivering a message. One that requires confidence to pull off… which shows Trump really isn’t sweating the outcome of this big stupid fiasco.
Schiff? He’s probably commissioning new polls and focus groups to determine his next steps as you read this.
Wouldn’t be the first time.