Tinyhands Is Panicking

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    Trump Is Panicking


    The president has lost control of the news cycle, and doesn’t know what to do next.

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    David A. Graham
    Staff writer at The Atlantic

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    Trump speaks at the United Nations

    JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS


    When Donald Trump stepped to the dais at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, he had a speech full of sharp lines: swipes at socialism, assertions of nationalism versus globalism, harsh words for Iran. Though Trump doesn’t enjoy delivering scripted remarks, he sounded listless, tired, and bored even by his own standards, struggling through the speech.

    The president had a good reason to be distracted. The same morning, he had spoken on the phone with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to stem a growing tide of Democratic demands for his impeachment. According to NBC’s Heidi Przybyla, Trump asked Pelosi whether there was some way they could make a deal. Pelosi said the White House had to release the whistle-blower complaint to Congress, as required by statute. “Tell your people to obey the law,” she said.

    After weeks of defiance, Trump seemed to change course. Yesterday afternoon, he announced that the White House would release a transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Later in the day, Politico’s Nancy Cook reported that the White House would release the whistle-blower complaint to Congress.

    Read: There’s no way out

    It was not enough to satisfy Pelosi. At 5 p.m. yesterday, she stepped before microphones in Washington and announced an “official impeachment inquiry,” with her support, into the president. It’s still unclear what this means materially, but it rattled Trump. At home in Trump Tower, he was stunned, believing that he’d managed to put Pelosi off in their morning conversation, according to CNN.


    Chaos is a constant in the Trump administration, but this week there are signs of a far rarer impulse: panic. The indications come in Trump’s demeanor, including the listless speech; a combative, brief press availability with Zelensky at the UN this morning; and a rambling, stream-of-semi-consciousness press availability this afternoon. They also manifest in his actions, with the White House suddenly scrambling to release documents that it had spent weeks zealously defending. This is not strategic withdrawal, but a wholesale rout. Trump is probably right to be shaken. No matter how many administration officials try to spin an impeachment inquiry as somehow constituting good news for Trump, it’s not persuasive, even if the president is never impeached, much less convicted.

    Though such moments are rare, this is not the first instance of panic in Trump’s political career. Each time has seemed like a moment of peril, and after each he has engineered a comeback. The first came in October 2016, after the release of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about sexually assaulting women. Republican officials began pressuring Trump to drop out of the race, and his running mate, Mike Pence, even considered attempting to depose him, my colleague McKay Coppins reported. Trump appeared on television and apologized, showing unusual contrition. Within days, however, he’d gone back on the offensive, aided in part by WikiLeaks’ release of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

    Read: The Trump presidency falls apart

    A second came in May 2017. Trump had impulsively fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently expecting that Democrats, who were furious over Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, would back him. Instead, he set off a furious political backlash, culminating in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment. Trump was apoplectic. “Oh my God,” he said. “This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.” But Trump weathered that, too.

    Months later, he panicked again after his response to a white-supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump initially condemned “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.” Reeling from backlash, Trump then offered a stronger statement condemning white supremacists, then flipped back, insisting there were “very fine people” marching with the white supremacists. This furor eventually calmed as well, though not without doing some permanent damage to Trump’s reputation.

    There have been other moments of panic—in January 2018, around the release of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, or the December 2018–January 2019 government shutdown. These were all times when control of the news cycle, consistently Trump’s most powerful political skill, has slipped from his grasp. In that regard, this moment could be even more dangerous. As I wrote yesterday, impeachment inquiries are unpredictable, protean things, prone to spinning off in unexpected directions. The president’s mastery of the news cycle is predicated in part on his control of what gets released and when, a power that seems to be slipping from his grasp at the moment.

    But these past cases also demonstrate Trump’s remarkable resilience. Each crisis saps his standing a little, but he has repeatedly managed to pull himself out of a free fall in situations that would probably have toppled a less agile politician. The Ukraine crisis will be the greatest test yet of his abilities.



  • About time they tested Trump. The world and the media have been having a love fest since day one. I thought it was crazy when he got that Nobel in his first year. He'll fold now.

  • Assi and airhead always have the best lines... I'm calling my agent.

    Governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them at will whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established. - President Jefferson Davis

  • He doesn't have anything to panic about, it's just a show. The usual circus to get the two sides riled up. Not very interesting.


    What is interesting is that we are still creating $75 billion per day and pumping into the banks. That's more than in 2008 in the first round of quantitative easing, or in any time since. Every day for the last week, and they plan to go through October at least. I remember when congress used to vote for bailouts, that's how old I am. With just the planned amount it'll $2.9 trillion by next month. There's no guarantee it'll end. Sometimes this happens with one bank, or at the end of a quarter, but not in this amount, and this is across the board.


    Don't worry though, it's just arcane money stuff, let's get back to the impeachment drama! I am sure it is totally real and sincere and I should follow every second of it and definitely not pay attention to anything else! At least until the weekend when I should definitely watch sportsball!

  • Geez, I think I've heard this one before.

    MNN on 6/18/19

    "chump will assuredly lose 2020 barring an event that cancels the election - he just cant keep his scummy yankee mouth shut"


    MNN on 6/24/19

    Chump is going to tote an ass kicking nov 2020


    MNN on 11/14/19

    fact is it is within a year of the election, the Senate will not allow him to appoint her successor. Nov 2020 he will lose.

  • No way out! This time!

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — C.S. Lewis

    :this

  • Any minute now...

    MNN on 6/18/19

    "chump will assuredly lose 2020 barring an event that cancels the election - he just cant keep his scummy yankee mouth shut"


    MNN on 6/24/19

    Chump is going to tote an ass kicking nov 2020


    MNN on 11/14/19

    fact is it is within a year of the election, the Senate will not allow him to appoint her successor. Nov 2020 he will lose.

  • Everyone with half a brain knows... Sideshow Don™ is just a diversion.

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — C.S. Lewis

    :this

  • I saw a man who’s trying to keep his rage in check, I’m familiar with that. He’s been attacked more than any president in my lifetime, not even Ford put up with this much shit.


    I say declassify everything related to spygate and let the fur fly.

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  • Sooo... if you were the head of any other country would you call any future POTUS ever again?


    Meanwhile... most say that Trumps speech was one of his best... hit all the high points.


    But... giving speeches is not what Trump does best. What he does best is rallies and debates and impromptu press conferences. He has for sure still got it.


    lazs

    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."



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  • He’s been attacked more than any president in my lifetime, not even Ford put up with this much shit.

    Hell yeah, remember when they spent years trying to prove Trump was born in Kenya and not even an American to begin with? His challenges are the biggest ever, like nothing before, they are huge and beautiful and nothing ever never has been anything like this. He's so dreamy!

  • There was a lot of screaming from the right but the press gave Barry O a pass. Not so with Trump.

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — C.S. Lewis

    :this

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  • Remember a year or so ago Trump had a private, one on one meeting with Putin at some international get together? THIS shit is why. Our state department people and fucking CIA can't be trusted to be part of it

    If politicians only got paid according to their district's economic success, there would be no more Democrats.