This CNN fake news smear job was penned by Chris Cillazi, a fairly big name in liberal news analysis.
Excerpt from CNN
Trump is someone who likes to be praised. He likes to be adulated at all times — and tends to respond well to people who say nice things about him. (See “Putin, Vladimir.”)
He wants to get credit. Always. He seethes when either he doesn’t get the credit he thinks he deserves or sees someone else getting credit for something he did.
The three players — which include the younger brother of Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball — are accused of shoplifting during a trip to China to play a game. (They reportedly stole sunglasses from a Louis Vutton store.)
Trump told the media that he spoke directly to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the case. The three players were released on Tuesday and arrived back in Los Angeles at 6 p.m. PT Tuesday night.
Larry Scott, the PAC-12 commissioner — the conference that includes UCLA — quickly issued a statement thanking Trump. “We want to thank the President, the White House and the US State Department for their efforts towards resolution,” said Scott.
That “thank you” is apparently not enough for Trump, at least according to his tweet. He wants the actual players — LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — to say “thank you.”
That the three players are all young black men should also not be lost here. Trump’s history on racial issues — both as president and as a private citizen — shows some level of intentionality when it comes to using racially coded language and taking advantage of racial animus and stereotypes for his own political gain.
The image of an older white man in a position of power demanding thanks from three young black men for saving them will set off a lot of alarm bells for people. And, understandably so, given Trump’s previous actions in the wake of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in the ongoing NFL anthem protests.
Even if you take out the racial element, what Trump is asking for is to be thanked (or, more accurately, thanked by the “right” people) for doing his job.
Part of being President is trying to get US citizens out of dicey situations in foreign countries. That doesn’t mean that Trump’s personal appeal to Xi didn’t have any effect. In fact, it likely played a major role in the release of the players. But, demanding to be praised by three teenagers for what you did for them isn’t exactly presidential.
Maybe it’s “modern day presidential”?
Update: In scripted statements to the press once back in the US, the players did apologize. LiAngelo Ball specifically thanked President Trump and the US government.
The players also admitted shoplifting according to other reports I’ve seen.
In response to CNN, every politician seeks adulation. Witness Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s Tweet was trying to teach the black youths some manners. That’s all. There’s nothing wrong with it. When someone helps you, you say thank you.