The following excerpted article is an interview with two establishment (Deep State), foreign policy Republicans about the state of the Trump presidential world. Coming from a rather different political perspective than mine, Boot expresses an opinion (highlighted in red) not far from my thread's theme. It's that this conclusion is being drawn is what really matters here, more than any other consideration.
Of course, Trump and his acolytes, such as at Faux News, are busy chipping away at the Constitution. OK, they have all been doing so, but not to this degree.
Throughout the wide-ranging conversation, they addressed the toll – personal as well as political – that Trump’s takeover of their party has had, from broken friendships” and Republican officeholders “who have permanently sullied themselves” to a GOP unmoored from basic principles like free trade and promotion of democracy that were long seen as its bedrock precepts. Cohen talked of his own “permanently ruptured” relationships as a consequence of Trump, not to mention the sad spectacle of “spineless” careerists taking jobs with a man they don’t believe in, while Boot elaborated on the “disorienting experience” of having close friends who’ve “gone off the rails” – a split worse than any, he argued, since the Vietnam war. Cohen disagreed, but only because he saw the divide caused by Trump hearkening back even further, to the foreign policy debates of the inward-looking 1920s and 30s that caused America to be dangerously unprepared on the brink of World War II.
Weren’t they being just a bit hysterical about the negative consequences of Trump, I pressed Boot?
“Look,” he responded, “the good news story of the first year of the Trump presidency is that there are checks and balances…. Trump as a personality type is probably no different from a Mussolini, a Peron, a Chavez. And if you were operating in Argentina or Italy, he would probably be a dictator by now. But luckily, he’s not operating in those countries.”
For those who think that Trump is a Lifetime Actor, and/or who have followed Atwill's Shakespeare commentary, the follow part of the interview is interesting. They are talking about the supposed mitigating influence of generals Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly on Trump.
... Cohen: I agree with that. But I also think—I’m just saying this as an observer. Again, I don’t pass judgment on them—that you pay a price doing that, and you pay a price in terms of who you are at the end of the process. You know, you have to be careful about analogies. But I do sometimes think about senior civil servants during the Vichy period in France where, you know, there were perfectly principled people. They didn’t want Philippe Petain running what was left of France. But they felt, “Well, if not me, who else, and I can make it better.” But the problem is it does lead you down—it can lead you down a slippery slope—
Glasser: Well, that’s right. And that’s, of course, the Washington sort of political mindset anyways, right, is that mixture of careerism, and patriotism, and also conflating your own interests with those of the job. And you’ve written about this.
Cohen: Yeah. I’ve called it “low-grade Shakespeare,” and it is.
Glasser: Right. Well, maybe we haven’t built up to high-grade Shakespeare yet. It’s dramatic, but maybe we’re still waiting for something even more dramatic, like the finale.
Cohen: Well, Trump doesn’t rise to the level of Richard III. You know, he’s just not that deep a character.
Glasser: Well, we’ll see. We don’t know how the play ends yet, do we? ...
This is what happens Bob Cratchity - whiner Christians, when you fall in love with the orange Beast of the Sea.
Merry Christmas to the winning 0.1% all!! Winning - not whining.
... Donald J. Trump, who as a civilian had led a guerilla counter-revolution against the War on Christmas, seems to have disarmed unilaterally as president.
Nearly a year into his presidency, the culture warrior who once cried, “NO MERCY TO TERRORISTS you dumb bastards!” has allowed pro-“holiday” extremism to infect even his own inner circle of advisors and family.
“Happy Holidays!” Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House adviser, tweeted earlier this month, adding a kissy-face emoji. She dared do this in a tweet that included a photo of her posing in front of Christmas trees.
“Happy Holidays from [Trump Winery],” tweeted Eric Trump, the president’s son and a veteran of the 2016 presidential campaign during which Christmas restoration was a core issue. (On the trail, the president would often emphasize to roaring applause that if he became leader of the free world, “we’re gonna start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”)
The greatest long con in history? Pretty damn big, but maybe hyperbole compared to all the corporate profits from the gulf wars, the EWOT, and such.
As the article correctly points out, the Republicans were a Yuuge part of this con, especially after conning the voters over the years that they cared soooo much about the budget deficits. These pols are clearly psychopaths, along with the leaders of the Christian Right.
Bernie Madoff must be sitting in prison thinking to himself, “Schmuck, that’s how it is done!”
That’s because the con just pulled off by Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and very nearly every Republican on Capitol Hill would have every great fraudster in American history from Ponzi to that tubby guy behind the Backstreet Boys marveling at its scope, boldness, and brazen criminality.
But before we give these scoundrels too much credit, we need to recognize just how much of their con was, as they say in show biz, “sampled” from other scammers. These have included everything from the bait-and-switch (promise a “middle-class tax cut” on the campaign trail and deliver one for the rich and powerful) to the long con (play on the weaknesses of the sucker, take him through the twists and turns of meaningless distractions that go nowhere, then grab his cash). Another Madoff favorite that was regularly used was “cooking the books.” Estimates of benefits to the middle class were overstated, while the impact on the deficit was understated dramatically.
In fact, someone really ought to investigate what kind of financial skullduggery was used to keep the potential deficit impact just low enough to allow Senate rules to let the bill be passed into law with a simple majority. The limit is $1.5 trillion. The bill was scored at more than $1.4 trillion. And virtually all independent analysis suggests that is far too rosy. Convenient, no?
Trump and Co. have also turned to the dark arts of the political past to work their scheme. These included stirring up a “base” with racism and fear of the other to get them to support you enough for you to have their way with them. Here they use a technique well encapsulated by former President Lyndon Johnson, who described it saying, “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him someone to look down on, he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
That’s key here. The meme among political journalists was that the key to Trump’s victory was tapping into the alienation of the middle class. But the real secret was that the GOP establishment got behind him when they realized Trump could play the suckers in the middle class in order to advance their personal and corporate enrichment agenda. In other words, they used Trump’s appeal with those who were struggling to feather their own nests. ... https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-just-pulled-off-the-greatest-long-con-in-history?
The following is an analysis by Kurt Nimmo on the meaning of the recent (two weeks ago) counter-terrorism press release by the Kremlin. The rest of the article is hidden behind a paywall. The Newsbud site is run by Sibel Edmunds, of 9/11 fame.
More generally Nimmo is also pointing to a related sophisticated psychological technique employed by such as Trump (and his faux enemies in the Deep State) of rhetorically using the positional strengths) of the target audience against themselves, so as to ultimately co-opt them. Trump has employed this populist technique on his base of rummies from the start. Why not? It works most every time. It is closely related to what Hitler did, and the Clintons, the Bushs, Obama, Gingrich, etc. under the name of "Triangulation".
In the case that Nimmo presents, I see the real 'target' as Trump's base in feeding their predisposed biases. 'See, both Putin and Trump just want us all to get along, just like Rodney King asked for.' Get along for what?
Perhaps could this be to establish the alliance of the apocalyptic Culture War of Christians against Muslims (see next post), as advocated by such as President-in-exile, Steve Bannon? The Bannon banishment serving to relieve the minds of many, to some extent, but Bannon's acolytes are still in the WH along with the overdose of globalist Georgetown and Goldman Sachs minions.
A quiet December 17 Sunday morning in the U.S. was shaken by a geopolitical sensation. Many long-time Russia watchers could hardly believe their eyes. The cause for their surprise was a three-paragraph press release on the official website of the Russian president Vladimir Putin detailing an unexpected and unusual phone conversation between Putin and the U.S. president Donald Trump.
According to the press release, Putin “thanked” Trump for the information provided to the Russian intelligence agencies by the CIA which “was enough to locate and detain” the individuals who planned to commit terrorist acts in several well-known public places in St. Petersburg, including the Kazan Cathedral. Putin asked Trump to “convey his appreciation” to the CIA director (who was, interestingly, not named) and the CIA operatives involved in the intelligence sharing. Last, but not least, Putin “assured” Trump that the Russian intelligence agencies would return the favor, if they ever came into possession of the information of similar importance for the U.S. national security.
Soon after the Kremlin’s press release, there was a press release from the White House. The White House release essentially repeated what was already stated by the Kremlin. However, it included a sentence which, in my opinion, is very significant for understanding Putin’s action. “Both leaders agreed that this serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when countries work together.” The press release also stated that Trump called the CIA director Mike Pompeo “to congratulate him, his very talented people, and the entire intelligence community on a job well done!”[ii]
On the surface, this may appear paradoxical. Mike Pompeo, who uses every public speaking opportunity to bash Putin and the Russian government, has now found himself in the position of publicly receiving their gratitude. However, as I see it, this is a very sophisticated psychological technique deployed by Putin. The opponent is openly and publicly praised for his honorable deeds (especially he does not deserve it) in order to set a reputational standard for his future behavior. Indeed, this may also be an indirect confirmation of the rumor that Pompeo will soon be leaving the position of the CIA director to replace Rex Tillerson as the head of the State Department.[iii][READ MORE] https://www.newsbud.com/2017/12/21/newsbud-exclusive-what-did-putin-mean-when-he-thanked-the-cia-2/
I have posted about the following Erik Prince 'business' before, but here is Kurt Nimmo's take (behind a paywall). In any case, in the prior post I pondered about the coziness of Trump and Putin hinting at being aligned with Bannon's explicitly stated ambition (to a Vatican audience no less) of fomenting a holy war between the West and Islam. Having 'Eastern' re-Christianized Russia as being allied to the West in this endeavor makes sense to me. Of course, Stalin (or Russia rather) paid a big price for Stalin's alliance with Hitler.
President Donald Trump is courting bad company. He’s talking with Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, ex-CIA officer John R. Maguire, and Iran-Contra figure Oliver North in a bid to create his own private version of the Central Intelligence Agency. A proposal has been submitted to the current CIA boss, Mike Pompeo, The Week reported on December 5.
It’s part of an effort to circumvent current and former members of the intelligence community that are working to undermine the president.
“Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him,” a former senior intelligence official told Matthew Cole of The Intercept. “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books.”
One glance at the players and we can determine what the outcome will be if the effort gets off the ground.
As I have discussed before, Americans pay billions and billions to the intel agencies every year to know about just such matters as Trump has been up to, including Trump's self-recorded (In The Art of the Deal) business visit to Moscow in the 1980's, facilitated by the KGB's travel (foreign spy recruitment) agency, and of which it was Putin's KGB job to recruit foreign spies. No matter what aspect of all this one cares to focus on, the supposed political enemies, foreign or domestic, in charge of significant events are all meshed together, meaning all of this is scripted kabuki theater, the target audience of which is global humanity.
In line with my claim that the feud between Trump and the Deep State is a sham is the following, where Trump's quiet foreign policy team was endorsed by none other than the recently late Zbigniew Brzeznski, author of The Grand Chessgame, and former Deep State uber-player.
Trump has an ongoing fake media war with Brzeznski's daughter, Mika, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe.
The Deep State, and their 'controlled opposition' actor, Trump, is at least more than one chess move ahead of their nationalist 'patriots'. This is the exact same realpolitik dynamic that I have claimed historically for the Maccabean Paul and Josephus (Trump et al.) and the Deep State (Romans and Herodians) vis-a-vis the Zealot/Nazorean nationalists back in the day. Human herding psychology is a constant, so why change what had worked before? Rather, just scale it up, and change the names to protect the guilty.
McMaster once again referred favorably to the work of Aaron Wess Mitchell and Jakub Grygiel, two scholar-practitioners who argue that America’s allies “have been the ‘glue’ of the U.S.-led global order.”
Mitchell and Grygiel both joined the State Department in 2017 after Trump chose Mitchell as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Prior to joining the State Department, the duo worked at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a leading transatlantic think tank co-founded by Mitchell.
During their time at CEPA, they tried to draw attention to a “coherent geostrategic pattern” that poses a growing challenge to American global power.
Mitchell and Grygiel first wrote about this pattern in 2010, claiming that U.S. allies in East-Central Europe, the Middle East and East Asia were faced with “a sudden surge in revisionist rhetoric and behavior by Russia, Iran and China respectively.”
They began arguing that these revisionist powers try to rearrange the global security order by using a strategy of “probing” – that is, “a combination of assertive diplomacy and small but bold military actions to test the outer reaches of American power and in particular the resilience of frontier allies.”
America’s frontier allies share a number of characteristics: “All are small or mid-sized states occupying strategic faultlines; most are democracies; all sit in proximity to larger, potentially revisionist power centers; all look to the United States as security provider of last resort.”
Mitchell and Grygiel analyzed this pattern in a series of opinion pieces and CEPA analytical briefs as well as the 2016 book The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power, which has received endorsements from the likes of Anne Applebaum, Zbigniew Brzezinski and H.R. McMaster.
I suggested some time ago, on this thread, that we should highly suspect that we are indeed in a deep Hall of Mirrors with such as Robert Mueller running the Russia-gate investigation. This, because of his cover-up role in 9/11, and as Edmonds discusses, Mueller's pivotal role in the strange business of Fethullah Gulen, of which Michael Flynn had supposedly discussed taking a lucrative contract to render Gulen back to Turkey.
Allegedly, Gulen runs a billion dollar network that, among other things, radicalizes and recruits Islamic terrorists ... in the USA. Hmmm, I wonder where these jihadists might be employed? Such as ISIS perhaps, and on whose actual behalf?
So, again, the big question for me here, is what is the real nature of Michael Flynn? Is he another narcissistic dupe, like some claim for Trump, being used by others? Or, is he yet another 'actor', one appearing to fall on his sword? Remember, he was in charge of the DIA, and he was on the ground in Afghanistan, where the real business is opium agriculture. See: NATO-CIA-Pentagon: Junction of the Real Druglords & Warlords
As such, are we supposed to believe that Flynn, as a Deep State acclaimed intel guru in Afghanistan, wasn't aware of all of this?
General Michael Flynn, Former National Security Advisor to President Trump, is being investigated by Special Counsel for accepting legitimate payments from Turkish companies for researching and exposing Wanted Terrorist and Radical Islamist Fethullah Gulen and his $25+ Billion criminal network in the United States.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is Special Counsel in charge of the case. He is the same Robert Mueller who used his position as Director of the FBI to shield and cover up Gulen’s criminal-terrorist network and operations, and take drastic measures to quash a whistleblower’s Gulen-related reports. These previous connections and actions by Mr. Mueller create a direct conflict of interest with his current position as Special Counsel in Flynn’s case, and require that he must immediately step down from the case.
In May 2017 the Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
The following excerpt is the conclusion of the first of three in a Politico series about how elites, like Crooked Trump and Hillary, play their lower class white bases to vote against their greater interests.
... The same dynamic that Du Bois grappled with is on display today. In breaking for Donald Trump and the GOP, working-class white voters are manifestly undercutting their economic self-interest. To be sure, Trump didn’t campaign like an archetypal GOP plutocrat. He railed against free trade and immigration, policies that many white working-class citizens believe, with some justification, have hurt their communities. He promised to bring back manufacturing and coal mining jobs, eliminate generous tax loopholes for wealthy families like his own, and—like Andrew Jackson, after whom he has patterned his presidency—privilege the many over the few.
But Democrats and Never Trump Republicans shouted at the top of their lungs that Trump’s campaign promises either weren’t possible or that they wouldn’t help working-class voters as much as he pledged. And they appear to have been right. The president recently signed into law a tax bill whose benefits, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the Congressional Budget Office, accrue principally to corporations and super-rich individuals; many middle-class and working-class families will ultimately face a tax hike. The administraton and its congressional supporters have also taken steps to make health care less affordable or altogether inaccessible, destabilize retirement security for working-class families, and allow industrial polluters to despoil the air they breathe and the water they drink. Despite what Trump said on the campaign trail, his agenda does little to help and much to hurt struggling white families.
Of course, whiteness still delivers other dividends—as it always has. It makes one less likely to be killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. It enables white men to carry assault weapons (including long guns) in places of public accommodation, while a black man might be shot and killed by law enforcement officials merely for picking up a BB gun displayed on a sales rack at Walmart. It affords working-class white families the peace of mind that the government won’t invade homes or hospitals in pursuit of undocumented children or grandparents. Whiteness, in other words, continues to pay tangible benefits, and for right or wrong, it makes some sense that its primary beneficiaries are loathe to support candidates who expressely promise to disrupt this privileged status.
Yet Trump has also, arguably more than any other candidate for president in the last hundred years (excepting third-party outliers like Strom Thurmond and George Wallace), played to the purely psychological benefits of being white. From his racially-laden exhortations about black crime in Chicago and Latino gangs seemingly everywhere, to his attacks on an American-born federal judge of Mexican parentage and Muslim gold star parents, he has paid the white majority with redemption and revanchism. Trump might be increasing economic inequality, but at least the working-class whites feel like they belong in Trump’s America. He urged them to privilege race over class when they entered their polling stations.
And it didn’t just stop there. As Ta-Nehisi Coates argues, Trump swept almost every white demographic group, forging a “broad white coalition that ran the gamut from Joe the Dishwasher to Joe the Plumber to Joe the Banker.” It’s not just blue-collar white people who seem blithely willing to sacrifice economic rationality for racial solidarity. After all, it arguably took a special kind of stupid for upper-middle class suburbanites in high-tax states to support a party that just raised their taxes. (No, this wasn’t a bait-and-switch. The GOP leadership has talked openly about elminiating deducations for state and local taxes since 2014.) Unless, that is, you account for the wages of whiteness.
A new book, Fire and Fury, is soon to be published detailing the drama inside the first year of the White House, especially on the division between deep deep state double-agent Bannon and Javanka. Bannon turns savagely on his poodles, hints of which had been seen earlier in various media. Meet President Pence ... unless there is a Trump dissolution of the Constitution that is.
The article ends stating that Henry Kissinger frames the drama in the WH as a "war between the Jews and the non-Jews". CLASSIC!!
Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.
Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year. In it, Wolff lifts the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him.
Bannon, who was chief executive of the Trump campaign in its final three months, then White House chief strategist for seven months before returning to the rightwing Breitbart News, is a central figure in the nasty, cutthroat drama, quoted extensively, often in salty language.
He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr replied in an email: “I love it.”
The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.
Trump's reaction to the Treason Tower comments of Bannon, and the wider reaction in the alt-right community. Breitbart News is seemingly siding with Bannon, and this is still a hall of mirrors, as Breitbart News is still somewhat Zionist from its founder's days. Matt Drudge is siding with pal Kushner.
Earlier in the day, Breitbart News aggregated Bannon’s quote about Donald Trump Jr.’s actions as being “treasonous” — which seemed to be an implicit endorsement of the remarks.
The notion that Trump Jr. bumbled his way into the middle of the Russia controversy while doing the bidding of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is widely held among Bannon and his allies, where there is anger at Trump Jr. for creating a political mess for his father.
“I agree with Steve, why would Donald Trump Jr. take that meeting?,” said one source close to Bannon. “I don’t think he’s actively committing treason but it is just so idiotic. Look, I’m a huge fan of Don Jr., I just feel bad for the guy because this is Jared’s game and he’s just caught up in this mess now."
In interviews with Bannon’s allies conducted before Trump’s statement, there was some optimism that the president would look past Bannon’s remarks and chalk them up as “fake news."
“I’ve seen some people complaining about their quotes so [it] wouldn’t surprise me if some of Steve’s stuff was victim of that too,” said one person close to Bannon.
But Bannon’s remarks about Trump Jr. caught on with help from influential conservative aggregator Matt Drudge, who led his website with the story.
“Drudge is tight with Jared, so it’s no surprise that he’d drive that storyline,” said one former White House adviser. In a tweet, Drudge called Bannon "schizophrenic."
The book added to the swirl of controversy that has enveloped the White House shortly after Trump’s return to Washington this week from his holiday vacation in Florida.
Trump came under heavy fire from his critics late Tuesday for goading North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over his nuclear arsenal.
Now, Trump finds himself at war with one of his closest political allies.
After exiting the White House last summer, Bannon returned to his perch as chairman of Breitbart News, the far-right publication that has billed itself as the voice of Trump’s base.
Bannon has also tried to position himself as a kingmaker in Republican primary races ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
But Trump blasted Bannon’s political instincts, saying he had “everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans.”
“Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself,” Trump said in his statement.
Trump also endorsed the GOP nominee, Roy Moore, who lost the election amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.
“Thanks Steve. Keep up the great work,” Trump Jr. tweeted in response to a reporter who noted Democrat Doug Jones swearing in as senator.
The political operation of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), a fierce Bannon critic, piled on. Its Twitter account posted a short video clip of McConnell grinning after Trump’s statement was released.
Trump’s tone on Wednesday stood in stark contrast to his reaction after Bannon’s departure from the White House.
"I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton - it was great! Thanks S” he tweeted at the time. ...
The following excerpted Politico article about the new book, Fire and Fury, lists 7 revelations from the book about Trump, a few that were already known. Number 5 states that Trump's preference for eating MacDonald's fast food is because he is paranoid about being poisoned. I have excerpted number 7 because it purports to explain how his hair ended up the golden color of nobility. The list also covers Rupert Murdoch having called Trump a "fucking idiot", so maybe Trump's hair color should be called Fool's Gold.
... 7. Ivanka mocks her dad’s famous hair
Trump, famously a stickler over appearance, may be perturbed to learn that his eldest daughter, Ivanka, allegedly has a bit of a comedy routine dedicated to her father’s hairstyle.
“She treated her father with a degree of detachment, even irony, going so far as to make fun of his comb-over to others,” Wolff wrote. “She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate — a contained island after scalp-reduction surgery — surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray. The color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men — the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.”
WSWS mentions that Trump is trying to censor, repress and outlaw Wolff's book. And in this case, the White House has provoked a Streisand effect, as the popularity of the book is soaring. Which doesn't make the lurch towards repression of "fake news" any less alarming.
The response of the White House to the publication of Fire and Fury was full-on hysteria. Trump personally denounced Bannon as having “lost his mind,” while declaring that his former campaign chairman and White House counselor had rarely even been in one-on-one meetings with him.
Attorneys for Trump sent “cease-and-desist” letters to Bannon and to the book’s publisher, Henry Holt & Co. The letter to Bannon demanded that he stop violating the confidentiality agreement he signed when he became an employee of the Trump campaign in August 2016. The clear implication of such a demand, however, is that Bannon is telling the truth in the comments quoted by Wolff.
The letter to Holt demanded that the book—already printed and sent to bookstores—should not be made available for sale. In response, the publisher moved up the date for general sale from January 9 to this morning, Friday, January 5. The book is already number one in presale orders in the US market, according to Amazon, and Trump’s public attacks assure it wide circulation.
Bannon responded in a conciliatory fashion to Trump’s diatribe, praising Trump’s political record during an appearance on his Breitbart News radio program, and telling a caller that he continued to support the president. Despite such reassurances, there is no question that the new book has dealt a significant political blow to the White House, which Trump may not survive.
Jerry, Fire and Fury author is now taking some heated for pandering to Trump's vanity and his WH flunkies in gaining such access to their unguarded views. As such, perhaps Trump such have considered that there is a difference between a Wolff and a Fox:
In the following the writer decided to monitor Trump's morning Tweet patterns and discovered that they usually closely track the topics and sequences covered on Fox and Friends morning propaganda talk show. A show that the Globalist Rupert Murdoch uses to control the zealous Nationalist controlled opposition. If Rupert thinks that Trump is a "fucking idiot", then Trump is Murdoch and friends' "fucking idiot".
In a 'normal' world, or country, a sane and reasonable polity would have long dumped Trump and his insanity by now, but the faux nationalist is doing a great job ... for his Globalist handlers. The Sun Tzu is shining.
On Tuesday night, I, along with many Americans, was shocked when President Donald Trump tweeted that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger & more powerful” than North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's.
Having spent the past three months monitoring Trump’s Twitter feed professionally, I also had a good sense of why this spectacle was unfolding. After watching a recording of the previous few minutes of Fox News, my hunch was confirmed: The president was live-tweeting the network’s coverage.
But here’s what is shocking: After comparing the president’s tweets with Fox's coverage every day since October, I can tell you that the Fox-Trump feedback loop is happening far more often than you think. There is no strategy to Trump’s Twitter feed; he is not trying to distract the media. He is being distracted. He darts with quark-like speed from topic to topic in his tweets because that’s how cable news works.
Here’s what’s also shocking: A man with unparalleled access to the world’s most powerful information-gathering machine, with an intelligence budget estimated at $73 billion last year, prefers to rely on conservative cable news hosts to understand current events.
I have long known that the president is a Fox & Friends superfan—well before he ran for office, he had a weekly guest spot on the program for years, and since his election, he has regularly held the program’s co-hosts up as model journalists. But one morning in October, a colleague pointed out that Trump had tweeted an endorsement of a book minutes after the author, appearing on Fox & Friends to promote the work, praised him. Curious if there was a pattern, I examined the rest of the president’s tweets from that morning, and found that several others seemed to line up with the program, reacting or commenting on various topics raised by the broadcast—from kneeling NFL players to negotiating with Democrats over immigration—without ever explicitly mentioning the show itself.
The results were so striking that my morning routine quickly became a shadow of the president’s. I check Trump’s Twitter feed on my way into the office every day. If the president is tweeting—those tweets often beginning soon after Fox & Friends’ 6 a.m. start—when I get to my desk I pull up footage from Fox’s programming on our internal video archive, frequently comparing it with footage from CNN and MSNBC. I use Twitter as my notepad, sharing my reasoning with my followers as I go. When I change my mind about whether a Trump tweet corresponds to a particular segment, I explain why and show my work. Around 9 a.m., when Fox & Friends’ co-hosts sign off, the president usually moves on to the business of running the most powerful nation in the history of the world, and I can move on as well. (Well, until the next tweet.)
Trump may not be trying to divert the media, but the media definitely gets distracted. Trump’s morning tweets upend the news cycle, with cable news producers and assignment editors redistributing time and resources to cover his latest comments. Statements from the president are inherently newsworthy. But the result is certainly a positive one for Fox: The network’s partisan programming gets validation from the president, and forces the rest of the press to cover Fox’s obsessions whether they are newsworthy or not.
In December, Mediaite put the co-hosts of Fox & Friends at the top of its “Most Influential in Media” list, pointing out “the topics they cover essentially set the national agenda for the rest of the day.” Mediaite is not wrong. Soon after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway congratulated the co-hosts for the designation during an interview on the show, Trump weighed in, urging the “many Fake News Hate Shows” to “study your formula for success!” He had been watching.
The following 'seems' to discredit my theory about Trump being the chosen candidate of the deep Deep State, but I say that this effort, the opposition research package had to have been prepared no matter what. Most of this data had been out there via various investigators. In any case, it is funny that Bannon was connected to it, and his friends, the Mercers paid for it.
Before Donald Trump and Steve Bannon were enemies, they were allies. And not long before that, Bannon was part of an effort to sink Trump's presidential hopes -- even if Trump didn't know it.
A conservative watchdog group led by Bannon tried to discredit Trump in the early stages of the 2016 Republican presidential primary by shopping a document alleging that Trump had ties to mobsters, according to conservative sources and a copy of the document reviewed by CNN.
The anti-Trump opposition research was the work of author Peter Schweizer for the Government Accountability Institute, which he cofounded with Bannon in 2012. It described years of alleged business connections between Trump companies and organized crime figures, allegations that have circulated among Trump detractors for years.
The New York Times reported on the document on Friday.
The GAI is backed by the Mercer family, one of the largest benefactors for Trump's campaign. Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, is listed as the group's chairwoman on its website. But in 2015, when the document was produced, the Mercers were backing the campaign of one of Trump's rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Bannon had not yet joined the Trump campaign.
At about 3.5 minutes into the above clip, it is questioned what might be implied as going on 'underneath' the editing of the WH transcript of the DACA meeting - where Trump replied to Senator Feinstein that he was open to a clean DACA bill. Trump had gone off-script, and not only did the pols, like Kevin McCarthy, immediately try to get back on course, but Trump's Bannon-base was watching and reacted.
The language used suggests whether he is indeed being controlled and handled, as suggested on this thread.
Trump has no inherent ideology, other than acting in his own interest, and can thus easily go off-script from what his handlers desire (Or is going off-script the real script?). Especially a problem now after being accused of going senile, as if that weren't already a problem before going senile (via his short attention span and his narcissism, etc.).
With the drama of the Wolff book, Bannon, and such as DACA, we are in the eye of the hurricane - a tension between the interests of the plutocrats (like Trump and Mercers, Goldman Sachs et al. and the duped populist base). Trump's lack of discipline (with this and his comments about universal health care etc..) provides more windows into this duplicity.
The above clip has a portion of Trump in a legal deposition in June 2016. Note the subdued tone, far different than his normal bombast. And, he is still scamming, as he cries that he can't read the text provided for him to read, because the text is too small and he didn't bring his glasses.
The lawyer involved states that Trump's other (crazy Samson) acting mode highly intimidates most other lawyers.
The above link is my discussion about a recent, powerful 2 hour presentation of Walter Veith's titled The Trump Card, about Trump's central role today in the unfolding script of Revelation. The presentation is mostly a presentation of factual contemporary news references, with a little bit of history.
Among other aspects, he presents the true relationship of the Clintons to Trump (as I have discussed on this thread), rather than the fake presentation of Trump AND the MSM that he claims as his enemy, actually they are frenemies.