Federal judges question the constitutionality of Trump’s immigration ban. Ex-CIA officials say Trump’s travel ban has “no national security purpose.” Even John Yoo, author of the “Torture Memos” under Bush thinks Trump has gone too far. While some Americans support Trump’s actions with regard to the immigration ban, it’s clear that a majority of Americans, according to polls, at the very least question it; yet Trump says, “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”
So what’s the deal here? Are Trump and his administration really that deluded? Or is there something more sinister going on here? Well, the latter. Duh.
I mean, I’m sure that there is some delusion going on here. Donald Trump is an egomaniacal sociopath. We know he’s not as cool, good-looking, smart or charming as he thinks he is (and probably not as rich as he wants us to think). So, yeah, he’s deluded. But more importantly what we see here is an unsubtle attempt to control the narrative. Of course, everyone does this to some degree, but I’ve never seen such blatant efforts to control the narrative outside of totalitarian regimes. We’ve been seeing this all along. We saw this with Trump’s ridiculous claims about his inauguration attendance. We see this with Trump’s accusations of “fake news” as well as actual examples of weaponized fake news used by his supporters during the campaign. He wants to control your view of the world.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer characterized Judge James Robart’s decision to place a temporary restraining order against the immigration ban as “going rogue,” as if it isn’t his job as a federal judge to form legal opinions on issues. It’s not “going rogue,” Sean. He’s doing his job. Spicer wants to paint Robart’s decision as one that is counter to our legal norms when if fact his decision is exactly in accordance with those norms.
Trump’s tweets. Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” and Spicer’s general bullshit are all attempts to control the narrative. Trump’s tweets are just opinions, “alternative facts” are just fiction and bullshit is, and always will be, bullshit. Don’t be fooled.