@POTUS President Trump, who prefers to use his pre-presidential Twitter handle, loves to snub the media. In doing so, he provides an excellent example of how to use the DramaGuru Eddie Attack to set up opponents for a major knock-out or submission. Watch and see how masterful the President is using his personality and power to sway the audience in the direction he wants them to go.
Working the DramaGuru Eddie Attack like a Boss
Trump provides the opportunity to learn how to recognize the Eddie move (getting people to back you up) as it’s happening.
Mainstream (FAKE) media refuses to state our long list of achievements, including 28 legislative signings, strong borders & great optimism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2017
Super-Snub: Position Before Submission
Because the media doesn’t see things the way he wants them seen, President Trump decided not to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. A super-snub designed to rub their collective noses in it.
The message I get from Trump’s stance is that if you’re not on his side, agreeing with him, then you are the enemy, the opponent. And he will belittle and shame you in front of everyone.
Set Up the Transition Before You Launch Your Finishing Move
Almost always, the best first move is to launch the DramaGuru Eddie Attack. Specifically, that means make sure you have some people (henchmen, minions, the audience, your crew, etc.) on your side. Do not move forward until you are certain you have back-up. Make sure your position is dominant before you make a move on your opponent.
“As you may know, there’s another big gathering taking place tonight in Washington D.C., did you hear about it? A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” Trump said. “They are gathered together for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Without the president.” Source: Trump Touts First 100 Days Record, Slams the Press in Campaign-Style Rally
The key phrase that allows the Eddie Attack to work is, “…did you hear about it?” Toss in his effective use of dramatic pauses, to allow for booing and cheering, and you have a perfect Eddie Attack. It sounds like, everybody in the audience, happily got on board.
Important Lesson To Learn
Trump understands the importance of having back-up. Never go in alone.
Once Trump invites you to join in with his attack, he feels comfortable moving forward with a devastating KO or take-down.
Guess what…you’ve been used.
When I hear people booing and cheering, I wonder if — one day — they will look back and feel embarrassed about being swept away by Trump-mania. Personally, I like having the media, as a credible buffer, between me and the President.
Fact: If someone is corralling you into their corner or making sure you take their side before they attack someone, you have been used to help bully another person or group.
Proper Technique: The person executing the Eddie Attack will almost always glance over their shoulder to look at you to make sure they have your allegiance, before moving forward. By his behavior, it looks like Trump wants the media to submit to him. By not showing up to this event, he sent a strong message of contempt and disrespect.
Refusing to attend — and letting the group know ahead of time by tweeting them publicly on February 25, 2017 — creates a snake situation for the White House Correspondents. There was nothing they could do to make the President attend. He perfectly positioned himself to use the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves to control them. They have to do what he says. He doesn’t have to do what they say.
He’s Just Like Eddie Haskell…
Trump adding, “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” to his tweet is a classic tribute to the namesake for the Eddie Attack.
A teenager on a 50’s TV sit-com, Eddie Haskell was a bully in private and the perfect little gentlemen in front of the parents. But at least one parent wasn’t buying it.
Ward Cleaver: [exit Eddie] Hmmph. That boy is so polite, it’s almost un-American.
Truth be told. Everyone uses “the Eddie” move to gain support from others. Just be careful not to get swept up and used by someone who wants power and permission to abuse other people.
photo credit: IMDB Eddie Haskell