President Trump’s live tweeting of Fox News continued this afternoon because spreading lies and propaganda is a much higher priority for him than actually governing the country.
Given the results when he does attempt to govern, perhaps we should be grateful for the time he spends watching TV and then tweeting out the cranky old man commentary like he does.
Trump went after Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) who joked at a Democratic fundraiser in Matha’s Vinyard this weekend about Trump’s continued jeopardy from the probe into his campaign’s undeniable collusion with Russia (more than 82 contacts with Russian operatives at last count) and his obstruction of that investigation (see this, and most of the other tweets the president sends) by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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“If you get me one more glass of wine, I’ll tell you stuff only Bob Mueller and I know. If you think you’ve seen wild stuff so far, buckle up. It’s going to be a wild couple of months,” Senator Warner quipped.
As true as the last two sentences of Warner’s quote may be, the reference to just needing another glass of wine to disclose details of the tightly held and classified investigations by both Mueller’s team and the Senate Intelligence Committee of which Warner is the ranking Democratic member is so obviously a teasing jest that it takes a true paranoiac to take it seriously.
Cue President Trump.
Why is Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), perhaps in a near drunken state, claiming he has information that only he and Bob Mueller, the leader of the 13 Angry Democrats on a Witch Hunt, knows? Isn’t this highly illegal. Is it being investigated?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
Well, no … and no.
Trump knows full well that nothing was disclosed so nothing illegal was done. And no investigation is necessary when no violation of the law takes place, or at least that’s what Trump keeps claiming when discussing the investigations into his own actions for which there seems to be plenty of evidence of illegal behavior mounting every day. (Can you say emoluments?)
Trump repeats his lie about the Mueller investigation being run by 13 angry Democrats because as the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the WWII predecessor of the CIA, said of Hitler in their psychological profile of the German dictator:
“His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”
Of course, Mueller is a registered Republican and the “Witch Hunt” he’s conducting has resulted in 5 guilty pleas and 19 indictments to date and just landed Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in prison on revoked bail for witness tampering.
Is that lie big enough for you?
Frankly, no sensible person should believe a word that the president tweets, exactly because of his use of Hitler’s propaganda strategy set forth above. But as long as he continues, we’ll continue to tell you what he’s lying about and venture a guess as to his motivation. Usually, it’s self-aggrandizement or to attack his perceived enemies, but sometimes it’s just sheer stupidity. Often it’s a mixture of all three reasons.
However, if Trump continues to run roughshod over all former political civility as he has to date, his statement about 13 angry Democrats may eventually become true just through the number of moderate former Republicans who are leaving the party in increasing numbers every day out of distaste for Trump’s mendacity and incompetence … and those damn tweets.
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