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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

How Trump trolled them

On Monday, I wondered how the Babylon Bee would top the hysteric media reaction to the triple murder-suicide by Baghdadi. It is hard to satirize the Washington Post's obituary, which called the psychotic sadist an austere religious scholar.

But the Bee was up to the task.

It took 15 words.

The Bee merely reported the situation straight: "Trump Gets Dems To Interrupt Baseball, Condemn Dogs, Side With Terrorists All Within 24 Hours."

That and three pictures were its entire post because how he did it is so obvious to Trumpologists by now.

President Donald John Trump understands the media better than anyone. He knows that media adulation is all his political opponents seek. (I mean besides money and sweetheart deals for their wives, sons, and others.)

He cut his teeth in the toughest media market in the world, New York City. Back in the 1980s he battled George Steinbrenner for the sports front pages of the tabloids, and regularly won. The downside was having to live through a divorce that was a daily media circus for months.

As unpleasant as the Divorce of the Century was, it taught him to cope. The Mueller investigation was a piece of cake compared to dealing with the ravenous cannibals of the Fourth Estate in NYC -- and I mean that as a compliment to the press.

To Donald Trump, the Washington press corps is a backwaters operation. They couldn't even uncover John Edwards' affair -- even as his love child traveled with the campaign. It took the National Enquirer to break the story. Come on. They were not even trying.

This story began on Friday with a seemingly minor story at Fox News, "Trump says he plans to attend Game 5 of World Series, if it goes that far."

He had authorized a secret and dangerous mission. He was so sure of its success that he booked a loge at Washington's first World Series since 1933.

On Saturday night, he tweeted.
Security may have required opaqueness, but considering the reaction from the DC press corps, I doubt it.
This Joan Walsh is a reporter for CNN. It took her 7 minutes to beclown herself.

The next morning he briefed the nation.
President Trump's language was blunt and graphic, aimed at bonding with the middle class. But he threw in a few words aimed at the prissy press.

The president said, "No U.S. personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him. He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming. The compound had been cleared by this time, with people either surrendering or being shot and killed. Eleven young children were moved out of the house un-injured. The only ones remaining were Baghdadi in the tunnel, who had dragged three children with him to certain death. He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated by the blast, but test results gave certain and positive identification."

Obama was not told of the raid until everyone else was. He used surrogates to attack President Trump.

Susan Rice went on CBS and said, "Since the White House seemingly didn’t feel it necessary to inform the leadership of the intelligence committees on a bipartisan basis, I’m quite confident that they didn’t do the normal protocol with respect to predecessors either."

But Rice was not sure whether Obama informed Bush about Osama.

James Clapper went on CNN and said, "What is going to be interesting is to the extent to which this negatively affects ISIS or does it galvanize ISIS, the remnants of ISIS, which still survives as an ideology and has franchises in other places besides Syria."

And he said, "ISIS is more than just Baghdadi, as important as he was. 14,000 to 18,000 fighters yet remaining and the franchise are branches in other places — notably, Afghanistan where of course we still have forces. ISIS did participate in losing leadership. So they decentralized and groomed people to assume the role. Now I don’t know that they have anybody would have the symbolic importance of Baghdadi, but I don’t think we can say at this point that we can stop worrying about ISIS."

The next day, U.S. forces killed Baghdadi's successor.

This was weak tea but that was all they had because President Trump specifically refused to give them a head's up. Instead of praising the president and the military, Obama and company attacked the operation.

On May 2, 2011, Donald John Trump said in a statement, "I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men [and] women of the Armed Forces for a job very well done. I am so proud to see Americans standing shoulder to shoulder, waving the American flag in celebration of this great victory.

"We should spend the next several days not debating party politics, but in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those fighting for our freedom. God Bless America."

Obama's silence is childish -- that of a boy, not a man. History will laugh and shake its head at his election and re-election.

President Trump's language drew the ire of the press. Once again, he got them to mock him, which actually delivered his message again. For example, CNN reported, "Trump claimed ISIS leader 'whimpered' in final moments. Top officials don't know where he got that detail."

He has a habit of misspelling and misstating that draws fact checks that conveniently help him. It happens too often not to be planned at least occasionally.

On Sunday night, he attended a ballgame and drew boos. The lobbyists, deep staters and media in the crowd may have felt good by booing, but now the nation's capital is seen as a place where politics means more than a military triumph.

Finally, on Monday, he outed the dog of war who cornered Baghdadi.
That drew alarm about releasing classified material from a press corps that regularly publishes classified information.

The president is well-versed in Sun Tzu. One favorite passage is, If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."

The press and the rest of the Democrats do not know him. They believe they are still battling Bush-McCain-Romney.

They also believe that based on the 2016 results and polls that he does not have a solid majority.

A year before his re-election, the press believed the same about Nixon. The next year he became the first president to carry 49 states.

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