Grasping at straws: Trump’s political strategy

In an interview with the New York Times yesterday, there was this exchange between Trump, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush of the Times regarding former National Security Advisor under Obama Susan Rice:

HABERMAN: Sir, if you could give us more information about Rice. If the administration would give us more information —

TRUMP: No, you have a lot of information. No, you have so much information.

HABERMAN: If you would have given it to us last week, we would have written it. Would you declassify some of the information so that —

TRUMP: I don’t want to talk about that.

HABERMAN: No? O.K.

TRUMP: No. I just don’t want to talk about that. It’s such an important story for our country, for the world. What took place.

HABERMAN: Why not talk about it then? With all due respect.

TRUMP: At the right time, I will be.

THRUSH: One last thing on that. Have you actually seen intelligence that leads you to believe that people other than Susan Rice are involved.

TRUMP: I don’t want to comment on anything about — other than to say I think it’s a — I think it’s truly one of the big stories of our time.

THRUSH: Do you think she might have committed a crime?

TRUMP: Do I think?

THRUSH: Yeah.

TRUMP: Yes, I think.

Does that sound familiar?

Harken back to last December when Trump said this about Russian hacking:

Well, I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure. And if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. And so I want them to be sure. I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.

When a reporter asked, “What do you know that other people don’t know?” Trump responded, “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Well, that big news to come on “Tuesday or Wednesday” never came, and I’m guessing that “the right time” for Trump to talk about “such an important story for our country” [the accusations against Susan Rice] will never come either. Why? Because it’s all bullshit.

Trump is talking out of his ass; just making it up as he goes along. And his supporters scramble to put a spin on his bullshit in an effort to make him seem at least a little bit grounded in reality. Trump has based his election on empty promises. This might be somewhat of a good thing in some respects, since Trump has promised some scary things. But an election is one thing. A presidency based on lies and empty promises is bound to fail.

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