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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Trump ropes the dopes at NYT -- and the Obama regime

What a difference a month makes. On March 4, the New York Times reported, "Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones."

And now their two biggest reporters -- Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush -- are pumping President Trump for more information about illegal espionage by the Obama regime.

You know, the claim they said Trump could not prove...
Haberman and Thrush interviewing President Trump about the espionage was a very important development.

The New York Times released a partial transcript, and it is delightful.

They are excellent interviewers, just not excellent enough. They asked him a question on one thing, and he dragged them off into Wiretapville anyway.

From the transcript:
THRUSH, White House correspondent: Why do you think Democrats feel the need to oppose Gorsuch? What do you think the politics is?
TRUMP: Well, I think that some of it had to do with the election. They thought they were going to win. You know, winning the Electoral College is, for a Republican, is close to impossible and I won it quite easily. And I think they are still recovering from that, but they are recovering now. I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story. I think it’s a massive, massive story. All over the world, I mean other than The New York Times.
Independent lawyer, self-help author, and journalist Mike Cernovich who broke the Susan Rice story initially said Haberman sat on the story. Cernovich said inside the newspaper snitches tipped him off about the story and how the Times spiked it.

So President Trump is trolling them. They got defensive about it. And he wants them on the defense because it allows him to be on the offense. He likes being on the offense. He's good at it.

Perhaps you have heard how offensive he can be.

So instead of Gorsuch, they focused on Obamagate:
TRUMP: Yeah, it’s a bigger story than you know. I think —
HABERMAN: You mean there’s more information that we’re not aware of?
TRUMP: I think that it’s going to be the biggest story.
THRUSH: Why? What do you think —
TRUMP: Take a look at what’s happening. I mean, first of all her performance was horrible yesterday on television even though she was interviewed by Hillary Clinton’s P.R. person, Andrea Mitchell [the NBC News journalist]. Course you’ve been accused of that also.
HABERMAN: Mostly by you, though.
TRUMP: No, no, no. Mostly by a lot of people. So you know, we’ll see what happens, but it looks like it’s breaking into a massive story.
THRUSH: What do you think are — what other shoes are there to drop on this?
HABERMAN: Yeah, what else could we learn on this?
TRUMP: I think you’re going to see a lot. I think you’ll see a lot.
"What other shoes are there to drop on this?"

This story has more shoes than Imelda Marcos.
TRUMP: I think it’s one of the biggest stories. The Russia story is a total hoax. There has been absolutely nothing coming out of that. But what, you know, what various things led into it was the story that we’re talking about, the Susan Rice. What’s happened is terrible. I’ve never seen people so indignant, including many Democrats who are friends of mine. I’ve never seen them acting this way. Because that’s really an affront on them, you know, they are talking about civil liberties. It’s such an affront, what took place.
THRUSH: What other people do you think will get ensnared in this? Can you give us a sense? How far this might extend —
HABERMAN: From the previous administration.
TRUMP: I think from the previous administration.
THRUSH: How far up do you think this goes? Chief of staff?
TRUMP: I don’t want to say, but —
THRUSH: President?
TRUMP: I don’t want to say, but you know who. You know what was going on. You probably know better than anybody. I mean, I frankly think The Times is missing a big thing by not writing it because you’re missing out on the biggest story there is.
Woodward and Bernstein had Deep Throat.

Haberman and Thrush have Deep Gloat.

Notice what has happened since that March 4 tweet. Barack Obama blew it off. The networks tried to show in their Sunday shows on March 5 that Trump with his tweet was losing it.

But Clapper and Comey went on those shows and had to admit that after months of investigation, they had nothing on Trump.

This kept the story moving. Democrats wanted the House Intelligence Committee to investigate President Trump.

They now regret that.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes received info from a whistle blower on Obama's spying. Nunes told Trump.

The Democrats tried to make the story of Obama's spying on Trump about Nunes, but they soon realized all they accomplished was keeping the story alive.

Now the public knows they have been spying on Trump under the guise of investigating a Russian hacking of an election Democrats blew. Big time.

And with no evidence of anything untoward by Trump, Democrats were in trouble.

Which led to the unforced error of Evelyn Farkas going on MSNBC. Farkas was a deputy assistant something or other. She went on national TV to beg her colleagues to out Trump.

You would have thought a Ph.D would know how to work a telephone.

But it quickly got worse.

Rush Limbaugh did the timeline. He said Farkas left the Obama regime in September 2015, which means the spying on Trump began a year earlier than reported -- or she had access that information after she left, which is illegal.

Probably both.

Backs to the wall, Democrats wound up Susan Rice, and sent her to do damage control.

Instead she lit the night sky with fireworks.

Probably the ones from Hillary's Election Night victory celebration. Yea!

So what is next?

Back to back to the transcript:
HABERMAN: Sir, if you could give us more information about Rice. If the administration would give us more information —
TRUMP: No, you have a lot of information. No, you have so much information.
HABERMAN: If you would have given it to us last week, we would have written it. Would you declassify some of the information so that —
TRUMP: I don’t want to talk about that.
TRUMP: No. I just don’t want to talk about that. It’s such an important story for our country, for the world. What took place.
HABERMAN: Why not talk about it then? With all due respect.
TRUMP: At the right time, I will be.
THRUSH: One last thing on that. Have you actually seen intelligence that leads you to believe that people other than Susan Rice are involved.
TRUMP: I don’t want to comment on anything about — other than to say I think it’s a — I think it’s truly one of the big stories of our time.
THRUSH: Do you think she might have committed a crime?
TRUMP: Do I think?
TRUMP: Yes, I think.
That gave them their headline: "Trump Says Susan Rice May Have Committed a Crime."

Which won him another news cycle.

I love it, and I predicted this would be a big story right after I read that March 4 tweet: "How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"

The misspelled word sold the story. Without that tweet and that misspelling, the story would have died aborning.

But pedantic people in the press cannot resist mocking poor presidential spelling. They saw that typo, which reaffirmed their intellectual superiority, right?

That is one way The Donald plays them.

Let me be clear: I called Obama spying on Trump Watergate on Steroids early on. This may be the worst abuse of presidential power ever. How Trump got that story out and keeps it alive intrigues me.

Republicans could not make the IRS scandal stick.

Republicans could not make Benghazi stick.

Republicans could not make the Clinton Foundation donations stick. The stories were boring.

But President Trump is not boring. They say politics is the art of the possible, but Trump sees politics as art.

Performance art.

We shall see how long this story lasts.

Meanwhile, these are the Top Down Days of America. Enjoy.

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  1. He baited the hook, with assistance from the Dems, and now he's chumming the waters. Dems thought they were the sharks. I believe Trump is THE big bad shark with the sharpest and most teeth in the ocean.

    1. President Trump is certainly chumming the waters, but he isn't using a hook. He's using a big honkin' net and it's going to be so full of the rascals that he won't be able to get it on board. My suggestion would be either TNT or a strong electrical shock. - Elric

  2. The Top Down Days of America? More like the Top Down YEARS, Don! And I do enjoy them!

  3. Wile E Coyote and Acme Products.

    Every time.


    Where have I heard that before?

  4. "This story has more shoes than Imelda Marcos."


    1. He is ruthless. The other lines that made me laugh was:

      Instead she lit the night sky with fireworks.
      Probably the ones from Hillary's Election Night victory celebration. Yea!

  5. Earlier I said that the Dems had better back down as the best they could hope for was a Mexican standoff. They persisted, either stupidly, or possibly out of necessity (it is difficult sometimes to understand why people do the things they do without knowing further details of their positions--it could be that they pressed on not knowing what info Trump had, or did so in an attempt to brass it out, giving the impression that they had more ammo in the chamber than they had). I've seen the opinion elsewhere that Trump is going to simply continue to milk this as a way of increasing his leverage in DC, a reasonable assumption, given that proceeding with a spate of prosecutions now would delay other parts of his agenda, and use up, rather than increase, his store of political capital.
    I think he gets his SCOTUS pick now, begins challenging rogue liberal judges, goes back to negotiating on nhealth care and taxes, and only prosecutes as necessary when the evidence overwhelmingly recommends it to the public at large.

  6. Well, Susan Rice is just a gofer for the O. That's who the real target is. Make no mistake. I've always believed that Trump had a better intelligence operation than the government. So, I figure he's fed enough cheese into the situation to catch​ a fat rat. Even so, there's no way this whole mess gets prosecuted. No way.

    1. Watergate had the Republican DoJ indict 69 and convict 48 GOP operatives including 2 AGs. If the rule of law was followed, unlike with HRC, people will be indicted. But if the rule of law in this case fails, then, IMO, we face anarchy in our country. Why should anyone follow the rule of law if our "betters" won't, will be the attitude across the country. This would possibly be the cascading event that could destroy our country.

    2. This is correct. Comey had Clinton in cuffs but never closed them because of intent, and he was right. Obama did in fact abuse the powers of his office but he will never pay because at least half the country believes he had the right motivation and so do 90% of the press. Trump should keep making allies among the voters by doing good for them,
      make his intentions their salvation, not waste his resources in any way that could be interpreted otherwise.

    3. Seems like plenty of intent to me, Anon; lots and LOTS of intent.

    4. Comey said he couldn't prove intent so a jury would find an excuse to let her off. Obama intended to destroy the US but a PC jury or judge would never convict him even if he confessed. Prosecutors like to win cases because that is how they are judged. The country is so divided today crimes like Obama's and Clinton's will never be punished and the politicans know it.

    5. @Anon: You may be right that no JURY would convict either one, but in today's world the process is the punishment. Leaving the legacies of both Obama and Clinton in tatters would suffice for me.

    6. This would be fine with me, Ia. Really fine.Let us hope it is so.

  7. The Democrats and their cadre are chess grand masters. At the poker table they are known as "the fish".

  8. Nunes stepped down as Intel Chair. Dummies in MSM, Dems and NeverTrump cabals are redoing at "getting a scalp" but are too short sighted to realize they just lost their ability to deflect from Rice by talking about Nunes.
    Same thing happened with the Flynn dismissal.

    1. *rejoicing not redoing.
      Damned autocorrect

  9. The ethics complaint against Nunes was filed by our friends

  10. Given all the stunned guppies, looks like Trump fishes the MSM waterhole with grenades.