It’s no secret that Trump hates the press, because his vision of them is as a repository for press releases from the White House, nothing more, and certainly not as an institution that speaks truth to power. On that basis, Trump, who is punch drunk in the wake of William Barr’s short summary of the Mueller investigation, which he sees as the gospel, proving his innocence, is planning to escalate his assault on the “enemy of the people.” The Atlantic:
Trump allies see Barr’s letter as a kind of Swiss Army knife—a tool useful in all kinds of situations. Not only is it exculpatory, they say, but it also implicitly rebukes the press for its coverage of the Russia investigation, inoculating Trump from any future scandal that reporters might unearth. According to a source familiar with internal discussions at the Republican National Committee and the pro-Trump super PAC America First, both organizations are “geared up for any nonsense to come.”
They’re already prepared to attack reporters. “Any reporter who tries that will be hit with 30-second spots of all their ridiculous claims about collusion,” said the source, who, like others interviewed for this story, requested anonymity to describe private conversations. “Their tweets have all been screencapped. It’s all ready to go.” (“It’s the same thing we’ve been doing the last two years. We’re going to hold the media accountable when we see fit,” an RNC official clarified, adding that this would include digital clips shared on social media.)
Earlier this week, Trump’s campaign previewed the in-your-face tactics they have in mind. A campaign official sent a letter to TV producers cautioning them against booking certain guests who had alleged that Trump colluded with Russia, including Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.
Even Trump’s ally, Mark Meadows, is invalidating this plan. He said, “Calling on the media to apologize is not something that most people would advocate for, as much as hitting the remote and changing to a different channel.” Donald Trump is such a child, that he needs everybody who has been “mean” to him (read: disagrees in any way) to be punished and to apologize and be sent to sit in the corner. He is never going to figure out how government works or how to behave as a statesman because he is constitutionally incapable of same. He’s just a coarse little buffoon of a man who managed to take advantage of television to jockey his way into the highest office in the land. His election has always been and always will be a complete travesty. Hopefully, cooler heads in his inner circle can prevail upon him to stand down from this insane course of persecuting the press. Although, if he goes ahead, it will backfire on him, and that will be interesting as well. Let the games proceed.