Few people think Trump did well at Monday's circle jerk in Helsinki. Calls of treason from the left were no surprise, but Trump's performance was so over-the-top bad that even the right had to admit it. John McCain took a time out from fighting for his life to call it, "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory," and even Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Newt Gingrich offered some milquetoast rebuttals to Trump's assertion that we should listen to Vladmir Putin instead of U.S. intelligence agencies. Fox & Friends, Trump's porn of choice, said their POTUS "fell short," which, when it comes to those sycophants, is about as cutting as it gets. There were, however, a few media figures that lined up with their mouths open, ready to swallow whatever shit sandwich sundae is being served.
Exhibit A: Sean Hannity, who said, in essence, it's not him, it's us.
“President Trump is just not slowing down, and some people in the media are having a hard time dealing with the fact that he moves so fast; moving at the speed of Trump," Hannity said on this show Monday night. A show which, naturally, Trump appeared on.
Adult frat brother Tucker Carlson also defended his boy, shifting the blame from Russia to... Mexico. "I don't think Russia is our close friend or anything like that. I think of course they try to interfere in our affairs. They have for a long time. Many countries do. Some more successfully than Russia, like Mexico, which is routinely interfering in our elections by packing our electorate. So those are all concerns."
Okaaay. Sure. Anyway, while many of us who don't want to see Trump "win" a second term in office may have been pleased to see just how badly he fucked this one up, it's worth remembering that Hannity and Carlson have among the highest cable viewership in the U.S. In the second quarter of 2018, Hannity was the number 1 cable show in the land and Carlson came in at number 3. And those viewers? They vote. So, no matter how many times commentators on NPR refer to Helsinki as a "tipping point," we live in two different Americas, and in Trump's America, there is no tipping point. He could lick Putin's balls on camera and then yell "FAKE NEWS," and the base would choke down their bile and believe him.