Well, well. Who might the Tweeter-in-Chief have been talking about?
We can speculate, but after a tumultuous week, with resignations, firings, and a shuffling of personnel in the White House, President Trump sent out this very Trump-y tweet:
I love reading about all of the "geniuses" who were so instrumental in my election success. Problem is, most don't exist. #Fake News! MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
The opinions of who the tweet was directed to, and who the “geniuses” referenced may be tend to be split between recently ousted Reince Priebus, who many have said was instrumental in delivering the GOP into Trump’s hands, as then-party chairman, and Steve Bannon.
As for Priebus, he was the same weasel who eagerly thwarted the efforts of delegates to unbind and vote anyone but Trump at the RNC Convention in Cleveland.
Priebus manipulated the Rules Committee, along with several really concerning anecdotes coming from the convention last year, and was overheard celebrating their “win” over those delegates who wanted to be unbound to vote their conscience.
In fact, it can be said that Priebus’ later position as chief of staff was a reward for loyalty to Trump over loyalty to or concern for the nation’s well-being.
His humiliating dismissal was a fitting end to that relationship, indeed.
There are others, however, who feel the tweet may have been directed at the current chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
Did someone print him out excerpts from @JoshuaGreen's new book?
— kevin driscoll (@kevndriscoll) July 29, 2017
It is unclear who Trump is referring to with the term “geniuses,” but multiple journalists and politicos speculated that he may be referring to Joshua Green’s new book about Steve Bannon, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency. In it, Green describes Bannon, who went from being Breitbart News CEO to chief executive of Trump’s campaign to White House chief strategist, as being a chief organizer of Trump’s populist success.
There was also recent news that a miniseries, based on the life and rise of Bannon is in the works.
Bannon is about to get big publicity as the head of the Trump train. There were stories coming from the Trump camp about how upset Trump was when Bannon made it to the cover of Time Magazine. How much more must he be upset over this book and the coming miniseries, where he is just the backdrop to Bannon’s main story?
Trump is a petty, self-absorbed man, by even the most generous standards. He has no idea how to work as part of a team, and he wants people to focus on his imagined “greatness,” rather than consider that he didn’t succeed on his own.
It’s part of his persona, and one his base gladly embraces – Trump as lone wolf, mega-deal maker, and political messiah.
Traditionally, overinflated, fragile egos do not make for sound leaders. At some point, they bust, and it is everyone under them that suffers the fallout.
We’re 6 months in, and as quickly as Trump is tossing people under the bus, we’re likely to see it all fall apart before his first year is done. Those who were loyal from the beginning have become expendable.
It’s hard to feel sorry for them, however, when all of this is perfectly aligned with Trump’s history.
For now, all any of us can do is sit back and watch those who conspired to bring our nation down by installing this petty man as president reap the misery they sowed in for their own, mercenary purposes.