Donald Trump. They think they’ve got him.
So now we are seeing the Watergate Ploy.
Here’s how it works.
Every day this week we have been treated to lead stories that start with words like “disturbing new developments” or “shocking revelations” – about what essentially is exactly the same news as yesterday, only with a new layer added on.
Illustratively, today’s New York Times – whose staff would probably do a victory dance on Eighth Avenue if Trump goes – has a front page story with this title and first paragraph:
“Trump Transition Said to Know Of Flynn Inquiry Before Hiring”
Michael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.
“Said to Know”? “According to two (unnamed) people”?
That is not a story, it is an unconfirmed accusation. But there it is, on the front page of the New York Times.
That’s how they did it with Watergate. Take the same story and, day by day, find some layer to peel off in an effort to make it seem like new and troubling/disturbing/shocking information that will put the Trump white house in concern/crisis/chaos (look for all those words over the coming days – you’ll likely find them) are popping up one after the other.
And what is the price to pay for this hit job? No price at all for the participants – Democrats joyously joining in the fun, smug and secure in the knowledge that mainstream media will act as their complicitors.
The real story? Flynn was hired, the White House got disqualifying news about him, and after a short investigation, he was fired.
Flynn spent exactly 24 days – not years, months or weeks, but days – in his job before Donald Trump fired him. But to read these stories and watch the network news coverage, you’d swear Trump was fighting tooth and nail to keep Flynn in place.
In other words, exactly the spin they want out there.
The Watergate Ploy. It worked once. Maybe it will work again.
Oh, and one other thing: if they succeed in getting rid of Donald Trump as President, do not doubt for a second that their next move will be to remove “Trump’s guy” Pence and call for a special election of some kind.
Don’t bet against it.