Remember the pressure on the Republicans for gun control, back ground checks and even getting rid of assault weapons?
Jeffery Epstein is NOW the story….
Piled on top of Epstein’s fate?
Donald Trump throws the red meat of the Clinton’s out to the media…
And off they GOOOOOOOOO!
The media insatiable need for SOMETHING cancel’s out the mass shooting story and pressure on Republicans ….
Works EVERYTIME for Trump when he gets stuck….
There’s a pattern to how President Trump approaches controversy.
In the first phase, he does or says something that any unbiased observer would categorize as controversial. This is generally something geared toward embarrassing or undermining a perceived political opponent.
In the second phase, he tells media outlets that they’re misunderstanding his true intent, which was something less objectionable. Sometimes doing so demands stuffing some awfully big claims into some awfully small boxes, but Trump and his supporters are generally content if he at least gives it a shot.
This tactic is well-designed for leveraging the media. With decades of inculcated assumptions about the good faith of the president, reporters find themselves forced into declaring that, while most people would agree that the president’s statement was problematic, he insists that it is not problematic for whatever reason. His supporters embrace the original intent and meaning of what Trump does, and the media has to leave it there. Works great, at least for him.
Speaking to reporters while on his way to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Trump’s retweet of a suggestion that Bill and Hillary Clinton might be involved in the apparent suicide of convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein entered Phase 2.
Trump retweeted two tweets linking Epstein’s death loosely to the former president. One was from “BNL News,” which purports to be a “breaking news” account linked to a random news blog. (The blog’s main Twitter account has been suspended.) The other was from conservative comedian and commentator (per his Twitter bio) Terrence Williams. Williams’s tweet included a video in which he claims that “word around the street” is that the Clintons were involved in Epstein’s death, echoing a long-standing and long-debunked allegation about the former president.
It’s just Trump throwing up smoke, an attempt to suggest that there was something suspect about Clinton’s relationship with Epstein or that Clinton had something to hide.
Trump claims that Clinton was a “very good friend” of Epstein. But it was Trump who, in 2002, told New York magazine that he had known Epstein for 15 years and that the financier was “a lot of fun to be with.”
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trump went on to suggest that reporters investigate whether Clinton ever visited a private island owned by Epstein in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Clinton’s statement denies having visited it….