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Trump: Master of Diversion

Don Rose 26 July 2017 No Comment

Have you ever noticed that whenever things get a little hot for Donald Trump he is likely to tweet out something bizarre, however goofy, or make some inconsequential announcement that gets the 24-hour news-readers and cable-babblers chortling, analyzing an reanalyzing–usually relegating the more serious previous issue to the back burner?

This past week is a perfect example.


Let me ask what is ultimately more important: Trump’s delving into his powers to pardon, his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, his warning to special counsel Robert Mueller  OR the musical chairs among his spokespeople and appointment of a new communications director?

Any or all of the first four issues, which stem mainly  from an unplugged solo interview with three New York Times reporters, are serious and highly consequential matters.

But as much or even more airtime has been given in the past few days to toying with the comic history of the departing press secretary Sean Spicer, profiling the adulating, beautifully groomed but totally inexperienced new communications director Anthony Scaramucci plus a few words devoted to Spicer’s replacement, Sarah Huckabee Sanders–Trump’s champion liar.

(Weeks ago I wrote that Spicer would soon be out and Sanders in because she was the best of his liars. I was far from the only commentator to predict the change-over, but my perspective about the best of the best liars was original, if I may say so.)

In any case, does anyone believe that, apart from some smoother briefings, the personnel changes will in any way change Trump’s undisciplined behavior or stop his ridiculous tweetings and instant undercutting of what his spokespeople or other cabinet members are saying?

On the other hand, potentially replacing Sessions or Rosenstein–or taking steps to fire Mueller could have dire consequences. Looking ahead to prospectively pardoning cabinet members, family members or even himself could be even more earth-shaking. A pardon implies guilt.

Trump needed to change the subject–thus the personnel changes were announced at just the right time. He has done so frequently, either personally or with a little help from his friends .

The most notorious “coincidence” of injecting conversation-changing information occurred on October 7, 2016 when the Washington Post released the notorious “Access Hollywood” tapes in which Trump boasted that because he was a “star” he was able to kiss women and grab them sexually. This came as close to ending his presidential campaign as any previous outburst or revelation.

Strangely enough, within an hour of  the release of the “pussygate” tapes, Wikileaks began dumping embarrassing emails hacked from the computer of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief, John Podesta. It was almost as if a Trump prayer for a conversation-changer was answered–or simply requested secularly.  A lawyer friend calls the timing very close to circumstantial evidence of collusion.

Democrats and numerous Republicans agree that when it comes to the workings of government, international affairs, diplomacy and world and US history, Trump is a card-carrying, industrial-strength ignoramus. But when it comes to media manipulation through diversion, he holds a PhD Cum Louder.

Don Rose is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer

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