And Absurd Becomes The New National Buzzword …

At 3:00 a.m., I published a post titled On Trump’s Great DeflectionBy the time I awakened this morning at 7:30, the post was already outdated and called for a follow-up.  This is that follow-up.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Donald Trump tweeted his most ridiculous set of tweets yet, one that could have no other purpose than to distract us from the news we need to be seeing.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!

How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

Trump cited no evidence whatsoever, so one must assume this simply came to him in a random thought on waking this morning. Some speculate that his twit-attack was based on faux news out of right-wing media such as Breitbart, where a story  was reported that President Obama was plotting a ‘silent coup’ against Trump & Co.

In response, Obama spokesman, Kevin Lewis, issued a statement:

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

Gwenda Blair, one of Trump’s biographers, dubbed this, along with his attacks on Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi the day before, “the distraction playbook”.  This ranks right up there with Trump’s previous claim that President Obama was not born in the U.S. … another lie for which Trump had no basis, and yet millions chose to believe him … perhaps because they wanted to?  Trump has also claimed that Obama was to blame for the leaks coming from within his own administration. What happened to that line from his State of the Union address to Congress last Tuesday, where he said, “the time for trivial fights is over”?

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Trump’s increasingly ridiculous tweets are seen by most as deflection and distraction from the Russian connections of a number of his team, and I would agree.  However, I also see them as a sign of somebody who is not thinking clearly, perhaps is not capable of coherent thought.  It should be obvious that nothing is going to come of his ‘demands’ for investigations into Schumer and Pelosi, nor will there be any substance behind his claim of wiretapping by President Obama.  What this does, then, is further erode the slight amount of confidence in his capability that the public in general may have had.  His followers may be eating this up at the moment, but like cotton candy, there is no substance and these claims will simply melt into oblivion.  Then how do his followers justify their support of an apparent madman?  To me, this is a clear-cut case of a desperate man whose ship is sinking and he is looking for a roll of duct tape.

However, the media is in a feeding frenzy over these tweets, at a time when they need to remain focused on the bigger picture.  I am far more concerned with discovering who in Trump’s administration had (or has) ties to the Russian government, what those ties are, what was discussed between members of Trump’s team and the Russians prior to his inauguration, prior to the election.  If my suspicions are correct, I think what we have seen so far is merely the tip of the iceberg, an iceberg that may well lead straight to Donald Trump’s own door.  His tweets, if completely ignored by the press and unreported, will likely stop, as they will not have the desired effect.  Right now, we are handing him exactly what he hoped for … a diversion.  A deflection.  A distraction.  Let us not lose sight of the bigger picture here.

23 thoughts on “And Absurd Becomes The New National Buzzword …

  1. I really think Trump is mentally ill. It was a treat watching his spokespeople trying to spin his latest tirade on the Sunday news programs. I feel like they are making excuses for their drunk uncle’s behavior.

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    • It was pretty funny to see them. I am so surprised that most of them haven’t told him to “take this job and shove it …” And I agree … he has to have a mental illness, because no sane person would act the way he does … I have said that since a month or two after he first threw his hat in the ring.

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  2. Jill, as of this writing James Clappet, the former Director of Intelligence has refuted it and reports that
    James Comey, the FBI Director has not only asked the DOJ to refute the story, but defend his agents. Trump’s source is a Fox News piece and some alt right guy named Levin. If this story turns out to be a false claim as it appears, Congress and the DOJ need to step up their investigation of Russian involvement. Keith

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    • Yes, it is a convoluted mess, with no basis in fact, but hey … who needs facts, right? All this has done, in my opinion, is make it seem more likely that there is much being hidden … I hope this doesn’t drag out for six more months, or we shall all be in a padded room somewhere!

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  3. As a 15 year old, I glance at Trump’s media from time to time and I bother to turn the news on about once a month. I fear what my future holds. I have plans of leaving the country as soon as I possibly can because I am fed information like this. I have to remind myself that running away wouldn’t change anything. As part of the next generation of voters, I promise to make the right vote. It’s because of hearts like yours that people like me are aware of what needs to be done. Your work is beautiful and extremely helpful for someone like me who doesn’t care much for depressing news channels. I hope God’s wrath floods Trump’s oversized head. I believe he greatly underestimates the power and level of intellect we have as people. He will learn otherwise soon enough.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words!!! It is readers like you that keep me going when sometimes I just want to quit. But don’t give up on our country yet … I am still hopeful that this ‘era’ will pass quickly and we can begin to repair the damage of this madman and his minions. You have an understanding that is well beyond your years. For the most part, that is great, but sometimes it may be more than you are ready to handle. Keep your chin up, and don’t let it colour your opinion of everyone, for there are still a lot of good people out there fighting the good fight. Just look at some of the resistance movements! Hang in there, my friend!

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  4. Dear Jill.
    He is coming apart and his latest tweets reflect this. This time his tweets placed the media focus back on Russia. More than a few news outlets have reported that on Friday 3/3/17 he had a major tirade with his team including Steve Bannon, etc. He was furious about the Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from any investigations connecting DT and his team members with Russian officials during campaign season. It appears that DT was not aware of the attorney general’s plans. I find this interesting.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  5. I see like me you don’t go in for sleep anymore. Mind you, there’s obviously plenty to miss if you did, like the unraveling of Trump who seems to be coming apart at the seams. He certainly doesn’t believe in proof of his allegations which means he can be as outrageous as he likes. I’m waiting for concrete action to be taken over Session’s lying and that needs a President to do it not some tweeting halfwit.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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    • Ah yes, my friend … sleep is highly overrated! Actually, I would like to get more than 2-3 hours a night, but the things I write about weigh heavily on my mind, even at 3:00 in the morning. And no, we are not supposed to demand proof of his outrageous claims, but are supposed to just believe whatever he tells us. Remember his tax returns … the ones he STILL has not released? I hear that DT was livid over Sessions’ recusing himself from the Russia probe … according to Gronda, he reamed his entire staff over it. Apparently he was unaware that Sessions was going to do that. The chaos inside the White House must be the stuff that ulcers are made of. I am surprised that most of his staff hasn’t simply walked out!

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