It’s hard to see this as anything but a troll. Democrats know that it would be a disaster for Trump if he let Mueller have a crack at him — not because there’s anything to the Russia investigation (I doubt there is), but because Trump can’t talk for five minutes without fibbing or exaggerating about something. Putting him in a situation where his habitual lies become illegal is a Trump-hater’s dream. So how do you try to social engineer a prideful guy into doing something that’s obviously a dumb move? You troll him, by suggesting that he can’t handle it, man!
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that if he were one of President Donald Trump’s attorneys, he would suggest Trump not consent to a special counsel interview for fear of being caught misleading investigators.
“The President has some difficulty with precision,” Biden said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
Biden said he marvels at some of the comments Trump makes and referenced a line from Trump on Monday that Democrats who did not applaud his State of the Union address were “un-American” and “treasonous.”
The White House has since called the remark tongue-in-cheek, with press secretary Sarah Sanders saying on Tuesday that Trump was “clearly joking.”
“Well let me tell you, he’s a joke,” Biden said in response.
I’m sorry to lose the main thread here, but I just have to take a moment to reflect on the state of affairs where Joe Freakin’ Biden is calling another politician a “joke.” That’s like Teddy Kennedy calling someone else a lecherous drunken criminal. Before Donald Trump, no American politician was a walking, talking punch line as often as Joe Biden. Biden’s perpetually inappropriate comments and demeanor made for constant good fun, like the time he told a dude in a wheelchair to stand up:
Or the time that he extolled diversity in Delaware while talking to an Indian American by saying: “In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
All I’m saying is: maybe Joe Biden is kind of a joke too.
Part of me hopes that the trolling doesn’t work. Because I’m not really up for several months of having people explain to me why Obvious Trump Lies Nos. 1-37 listed in Bob Mueller’s report to Congress are all actually truthful. That part of me says: Don’t take the bait, Mr. President. You’re totally precise and everything, OK? You don’t need to prove it by talking to Bob Mueller.
Then again, I’m not sure how well refusing to talk to Mueller would play politically.
Ah, well. I’m sure Trump will figure out something. And I doubt Biden’s advice is going to figure into his decision much, one way or the other.
Unless, that is, they discuss it on “Fox & Friends.” Then all bets are off.