As you may recall, anyone who speaks out against Pol POTUS usually ends up
sleeping with the fishes, er, the subject of a mean Tweet, publicly doxed, and ends up with threats against the lives of their family from the mouth-breathing orcs and minions .(The families of Sen. Cruz, Gold Star Vets, Christine Blasey Ford and many others will attest this is true. Trump even demands that the military should “take out” the families of terrorists, which is not surprisingly a war crime.) Our Souron doesn’t even have to order it, they just do it. He talks in code, per Michael Cohen.
So when strategic hire AG Bill Barr received none these usual tender mercies after going rogue and calling out our mad stable jenius Lord Damp Nut in a press interview, I think we can conclude Barr played ABC News for chumps.
“I’m not going to be bullied or influenced by anybody….whether it’s Congress, newspaper editorial boards, or the president,” Bill Barr tells @ABC News.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 13, 2020
And as proof, consider the following statement from the White House Press Secretary Stephanie ‘3-Olives’ Grisham:
“The President wasn‘t bothered by the comments at all and he has the right, just like any other American citizen, to publicly offer his opinions,“ Grisham said. “President Trump uses social media very effectively to fight for the American people against injustices in our country, including the fake news. The President has full faith and confidence in Attorney General Barr to do his job and uphold the law.“
OK, so if it was Kabuki Theater, and it certainly appears to be, then who was the audience?
The benign response from the White House prompted speculation from some quarters that Barr‘s message was aimed more at calming the furor at the Justice Department over the episode than actually scolding Trump.
“The attorney general had been contemplating how to respond since he became aware of Mr. Trump’s attacks on the department, according to a person familiar with his thinking. Speaking up could have put Mr. Barr at risk of losing the backing of the president, but remaining silent would have permitted Mr. Trump to continue attacking law enforcement and all but invited open revolt among the some 115,000 employees of the Justice Department. Ultimately, Mr. Barr concluded that he had to speak out to preserve his ability to do his job effectively, the person said.”
Barr might be Lord Damp Nut’s consigliere, but he still has to keep the 115,000 sharks in the rank and file in line.