Manipulating the Manipulator-in-Chief

I’m With Stupid

One of the things we recall from the elections was The Russian Usurper’s brag that he never uses computers and except for Twitter, he doesn’t go on the internet for anything, even email (he uses curriers to send important documents across town). So how is it that he falls for internet hoaxes? He has a staff of brigands and liars who manipulate him as to jocky their own agendas for position (and profit? Surely. And please quit calling me Shirley), and to undermine their competition in a low-rent Game of Thrones.

Yes, he’s as dumb as he looks:

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a stern warning at a recent senior staff meeting: Quit trying to secretly slip stuff to President Trump.

Just days earlier, K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers. One, supposedly from the 1970s, warned of a coming ice age; the other, from 2008, about surviving global warming, according to four White House officials familiar with the matter.

Trump quickly got lathered up about the media’s hypocrisy. But there was a problem. The 1970s cover was fake, part of an Internet hoax that’s circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it.

But you say, it has never really happened where he acted on the fake news that he loathes so?

That is what happened in late February when someone mischievously gave the president a printed copy of an article from GotNews.com, the website of Internet provocateur Charles C. Johnson, which accused deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh of being “the source behind a bunch of leaks” in the White House.

Walsh, as you may recall, has left the White House. Coincidence, but then there’s this:

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wanted to appoint Elliott Abrams, a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush White Houses, as his No. 2, someone in the president’s orbit made sure Trump was freshly aware of Abrams’ anti-Trump comments from 2016, such as a Weekly Standard op-ed in which Abrams wrote, “The party has nominated someone who cannot win and should not be president.”

Trump personally intervened to block Abrams’ appointment.

Perhaps the loyalty oath stories are true? We continue with our theme:

More recently, when four economists who advised Trump during the campaign — Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore — wrote in a New York Times op-ed that “now is the time to move it forward with urgency,” someone in the White House flagged the piece for the president…

…The op-ed came out on a Wednesday. By Friday, Trump was telling the Associated Press, “I shouldn’t tell you this, but we’re going to be announcing, probably on Wednesday, tax reform,” startling his own aides who had not yet prepared such a plan. Sure enough, the next Wednesday Trump’s economic team was rolling out a tax plan that echoed the op-ed.

We can giggle that this buffoon is a simpleton, but wait until someone plays the War of the Worlds trick on him and he reaches for The Button (not the Coke-bringing button, the other button); he’s demented, easily manipulated (just ask his BFF Vlad), and it is only a matter of time before it is serious, Shirley.

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6 Responses to Manipulating the Manipulator-in-Chief

  1. 9thousandfeet says:

    (he uses curriers to send important documents across town)

    No kidding?
    Purveyors of spicy food?
    Stable boys (I’m thinking mmmmyahsureyoubetcha!) who groom the horses? Kellyanne’s hair?

    Enquiring minds want to know….

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  2. tommyspoon says:

    Of all the Stephen King stories I thought would come true, I never thought it would be “The Dead Zone”…

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    • Feline Mama says:

      I hear ya, “t”. I’m a S.K. fan & I thought, maybe, “The Stand”? But when you go 20-20 hind-site, politics, corruption, power? Thanks!

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  3. quakerinabasement says:

    “Perhaps the loyalty oath stories are true?”

    You doubt them? Of course they’re true!

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