Some people have been kicking around the idea that Donald Trump is in fact a “puppet president,” being controlled by unknown forces. I have to admit, it sounds crazy, but I also have to admit, after everything that’s gone on, it doesn’t sound that crazy. Whether it’s the Russians, the alt-right, the financial elite or some combination thereof, it seems like someone has been trying to pull the strings. Well, whoever the Puppet Masters are, I think they might be regretting their choice of puppets.
Over a week after Trump accused former president Barack Obama of “wire tapping” him, the Trump administration still has not provided any evidence of this taking place. Instead the best they can come up with is “he didn’t really mean it.” White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in an effort to say something, anything, to not make his boss look like an idiot, said,
I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election…The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.
He also said that Trump didn’t mean Obama was a “bad” or “sick” guy as Trump tweeted; he meant the whole Obama administration. So are we not to take our presidents literally anymore? Sounds like bullshit to me.
Then advisor to Trump Kellyanne Conway made the statement:
What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately…There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, through their — certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways, and microwaves that turn into cameras, etc., so we know that that is just a fact of modern life.
In that statement she referred to the “Vault 7” CIA leak hosted by Wikileaks that outlined methods for electronic surveillance, which, conveniently, were exposed on March 7, only three days after Trump’s “wire tapping” tweet (as a side note, many security experts say the methods in the leaks are not so remarkable; they are common hacks).
So we have here a president who is undisciplined in his public statements and an administration scrambling to make whatever he says make some kind of sense, and not particularly succeeding at it. If Trump is indeed a “puppet president” I imagine he was selected because of his public profile and a perceived “electability.” But once in office it’s hard to hide the fact that he’s a buffoon. His Puppet Masters are slapping their foreheads right now.
Worst puppet president ever.