DALLAS - After an 80-minute blur of a press conference on Thursday by President Donald Trump, hardly anyone in the Metroplex was short an opinion of what they saw and heard.
After largely ignoring mainstream media outlets during press events the past week, Trump took repeated questions from a variety of outlets, calling the ongoing story about possible ties to Russia a "ruse," while saying some outlets like CNN had gone from "fake news to very fake news."
It was exactly the type of response Trump supporters like William Busby and Nachael Foster wanted to hear.
"I'm going to say it directly to you," Foster said of Trump's attitude.
She and Busby are longtime members of the Arlington Republican Club.
Both said they feel the media has consistently gone after Trump unfairly while downplaying what they say are legitimate accomplishments during the first few weeks of the new administration.
"He's doing what we want," said Busby. "He'll call people out. That may not be P.C. but I think it's time we don't have political correctness."
While Trump supporters were largely encouraged by his fiery performance, others found it disturbing.
On Twitter, North Texans called it everything from "delusional," to "unhinged" to "out of control."
Assistant SMU public affairs professor Sam Martin said Trump's strategy of playing to his base may be part of a larger plan to keep them motivated and passionate to help push through his agenda.
"Most presidents try to unify," she said. "In doing that unification thing, it also became very hard [for the Obama White House] to enact the agenda. Hope doesn't legislate very well."
But she stressed Trump's chaotic approach may eventually prove a difficult way to govern, especially successfully, given that the very act of governance is far different than rallying a crowd, or even running a private company.
"I'm not sure he knows how to deal with an organization that has an intractable structure," she said.
Trump has continued to tweet during his presidency.
Martin said that often allows him to "drive the news cycle," but that it might not do much to bring over a lot of the public that isn't supportive.
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