Breitbart just blasted President Trump for phony claims regarding his impact on the recent Republican Senate primary in Alabama. As experts in fake news they should know. In this case the Flim Flam man was trying to salvage something from his disastrous foray into the weeds of Alabama politics. His efforts on behalf of Luther Strange flopped so badly that he decided to invent an alternative outcome affirming his political potency and then tweeting it.
This is but another example of how he works. By now it’s clear Trump is a serial inventor of realities that configure with the needs of his ego. It’s taken a while but his path to ruin lies through an expansive, multi-dimensional fictionalizing of who he is, what he’s done and what he purports to do in the future.
While sooner or later reality may bring him up short, his knack for marketing combined with the capacity of POTUS to weaponize spin in his favor may see him through for a while longer. A case in point is the orchestrated PR campaign by a Homeland security adviser to sanitize the Trump administration’s response to catastrophic conditions in Puerto Rico. Sitting on his fat ass for four days at his New Jersey golf club while conditions on the ground deteriorated isn’t good optics because it makes him appear disengaged if not downright pathologically disinterested. Actually that pretty much sums it up.
This might be the end of it if Axios.com didn’t suss out the orchestrated push back by Trump minions with solid reporting. Mike Allen nails the ongoing media manipulations that leave no stone unturned, no PR trick un-leveraged by the Trump team.
When was the last time Brietbart and Axios rendered a triangulated judgment on Trump’s operational failings and subsequent coverup? Never as far as I can recall.
Frank C. Pierson, Jr.
Frank Pierson retired after forty years of work with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) as a professional organizer. He began his career in 1971 in Chicago, moved to Queens, New York City and migrated west to work in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. He resides with his wife, Mary Ellen Kazda, in Oracle, Arizona. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org