Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at International Affairs at University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). This statewide teaching award recognizes 12 outstanding college and university professors from across the Commonwealth each year.
Trump will Probably be the Most Ridiculed President Ever (“Monkey Cage,” Washington Post)
By Stephen J. Farnsworth, S. Robert Lichter and Deanne Canieso
Donald Trump takes office as the most ridiculed presidential candidate in the history of late-night television talk shows. Not only did he far surpass the number of jokes directed at his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, but he even exceeded the totals aimed at Bill Clinton during his scandal-plagued presidency two decades ago.
A new analysis of late-night humor by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found that the New York developer was the subject of 1,817 jokes between Jan. 1, 2016 and Nov. 11, 2016, a few days after Election Day. That’s more than triple the 506 jokes directed at Hillary Clinton. Going back to the 1992 contest, CMPA found that comedians have never focused on a presidential candidate the way they have on Trump.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that the GOP legislative mess could be termed “The Art of No Deal.” He said that as Republican leaders try to win over conservatives by offering a tougher bill, the party loses its moderates who don’t want to see draconian cuts to the existing health care system.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of an opinion column on early news coverage of President Trump that appeared on the “Monkey Cage” blog of the Washington Post.
Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington points out that the Grand Old Party has long seen itself as a champion of state power over centralized power.
“One of the things the Republicans can find really appealing about an idea of giving the states this authority goes back to the basic Republican idea of federalism,” Farnsworth said.
And so even the appeal of cracking down on criminals may be losing some of its grip. “Being tough on crime makes a lot of sense in those areas where the public wants you to be tough on crime,” Farnsworth said.
The high court did not order a redistricting but gave a pretty heavy hint about what it thinks the lower court ought to do. Still, as University of Mary Washington political scientist Stephen Farnsworth noted, almost anything the lower court decides will likely be appealed.
“Joking about the US surveillance of Merkel is probably the most tone-deaf moment so far of Trump’s time on the international stage,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a scholar of the presidency and the media at the University of Mary Washington. “Trump needs to remember that he doesn’t need to crack jokes like he is still on reality television’s ‘The Apprentice.'”
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that Trump’s latest legal defeat is far from the last word on his plans to restrict immigration from several nations in the Middle East. There are a number of legal opportunities that remain available for appeal, and the White House could always try to develop a third plan, Farnsworth said.