Throughout 2015 and 2016, Donald Trump was sold by his campaign team and supporters as the ultimate alpha-male. He was the guy “who fights,” who “hits back,” “says what he means,” and generally, is the “manly man man.” In reality, Trump is a thin-skinned bully who shrinks when somebody goes back at him. His thin skin is legendary in that he is always whining how somebody or something is being “unfair” to him. He holds grudges that make the Hatfields and McCoys envious.
He’s also excellent at deflection. When asked about spreading the lie Ted Cruz’s father took part in the Kennedy assassination he said, “I just read it in the paper. I didn’t say it.” The “paper” in question is The National Enquirer. Earlier yesterday, Trump tweeted the following:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017
Naturally, people were wondering what Jeanine Pirro had to say or speculating he’d make an appearance. It wasn’t the latter. In fact, here are the first words she said:
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 26, 2017
Well, isn’t that special?
Trump couldn’t fight the battle himself, so he sent somebody to start it for him. And he sent a television sycophant to do it.
Despite all of the happy talk following the AHCA bill being pulled, Donald Trump and his inner circle were seething. First, their anger was directed at the members of the House Freedom Caucus, many of whom were not going to vote for the bill. Steve Bannon wanted to create an enemies list of those who voted “No.” It was Paul Ryan who convinced Trump not to do it.
Now, it looks like Trump, Bannon and the rest of Trump’s lackeys are going to make Ryan the scapegoat for the AHCA failure. Remember, Donald Trump sees failure as “losing” and being a “loser” is something he can’t have. I wouldn’t doubt if we see a lot of stories with those anonymous sources Trump hates showing up where people are expressing their “disappointment” with Speaker Ryan and how it “may be time” to “go in a different direction.”
Ryan is going to have to watch his back.