Yesterday’s press conference was like a delicious six course meal of bone-in rib-eye with all the trimmings, ending with a chocolate-and-strawberry-topped cheesecake, with a fine single-malt scotch and big fat cigar afterwards.
It was that good.
For starters, the Trumpster humiliated CNN at his first ever press conference. Then he destroyed the entire Golden Showers meme that had been conjured up against him. Worse (for them), he tied it like an albatross around the mainstream media’s neck and –this is the extra delicious part–around the neck of the CIA.
There’s so much here. Not only did Trump not give into the dominant narrative but he put the Intel people on notice that he was not going to roll over for them like Bush 43 did. The fact that James Clapper had to personally call up and apologize to Trump for the “leaking” of the Buzzfeed “dossier” shows to me how complete the CIA’s surrender was.
Now don’t get me wrong. This was a clear attempt by the Deep State to hobble Trump even before he’s sworn in. The fact that this was probably a joke started by some trolls on 4chan is immaterial in the final analysis. Whether these trolls did it as an experiment to see how quickly a meme can spread and then be taken up by the media or whether it was an actual Deep State operation from the start is unknowable at this point. If I had to lay money, I’d say that the former was the case.
There is a third possibility however: that a Trump operative crafted the story, planted it in 4chan and then “guided” it out to Buzzfeed. That CNN picked it up was not necessarily part of the plan but given then antipathy towards Trump, the bait was too delicious to pass up. That Trump’s enemies were part of this was proven when John McCain was caught as being part of the food chain.
Regardless, the Deep State and two of its media outlets (CNN and Buzzfeed) took the bait. And now they have egg all over their faces.
It’s amazing how quickly Trump brought his enemies into line. Not only are they running from this story like scalded dogs but they are well on their way to discrediting themselves in the future. Fewer and fewer people are going to believe anything the mainstream media says about Trump going forward.
Tactically, the left is hobbling themselves for the long term in a very real and dangerous way in that they are making an unnecessary enemy of the President-elect. Trump (lest we forget), is not even a conservative or a life-long Republican. Trump is a businessman not an ideologue; he’s a pragmatist. He’ll make a deal with anybody, anywhere in away in which all parties will have a win. By retreating to such rigid, hate-driven partisanship –and without any trump cards on their own–Trump will be able to pick and choose which remnants of the Democratic Party he will work with.
Really, someone needs to do an intervention with the Dems and soon. In the meantime, well played, Donald; well played.