Reversion to type is a psychological concept, which means that a person is now behaving the way you would expect him to, after behaving in an improved or better way for a brief time. Donald Trump was yanked from his daily press conferences, because he was harming himself more than doing himself good, particularly with his enraged diatribes against the press corps. That stopped for a couple of days, when Trump allowed CEOs and medical experts to speak more than himself. Obviously, he can’t operate that way, so Trump is back, loonier than ever, dominating a Thursday morning press conference which is as deranged as any we’ve seen — with the exception of him not attacking reporters. Apparently that part of his rehabilitation is holding up, at least temporarily. He was even civil to Jim Acosta, who asked about Michael Flynn, saying he “appreciated the question” while also saying that “CNN tormented General Flynn.”

“He’s [Flynn] in the process of being exonerated. If you look at those notes from yesterday, that was total exoneration. These were dirty filthy cops at the top of the FBI. You know the names better than I do and they were dishonest people. Now we have to see what’s going to happen, but General Flynn was treated like nobody in this country should be treated.

“Look at what they did to the guy. I mean, he couldn’t have known too much what was happening. They came at him with fifteen buses and he’s standing in the middle of a highway. They tormented him. They destroyed him.”

It’s certainly interesting that Trump depicts the operations of intelligence officers and federal investigators as being the same as banana republic torture sessions. The outlandishness of his claims doesn’t even occur to him. The fact that he’s claiming that the rule of law was in no way being followed by the FBI also doesn’t seem to occur to him. And he has no problems with the image of a president debasing an institution of government. That comes very easily to him.

Trump continued, “He’s going to come back bigger and better…I don’t have to stay out of it at all, but I like to stay out of it.” Trump went on about how “they’re out to get him” and “they were trying to force him into a position.” As usual, what Trump says is classic disinformation and you have to go to legal experts to find out what is really going on. Here’s a thread from Law Fare blog editor Benjamin Wittes.

Trump says, “He’s essentially exonerated. When you look at the notes, how could you do anything else?” A federal judge will show him, but Trump won’t listen or learn. That much is certain.

Here’s the entire rant if you can stomach it.

 

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9 Comments on "‘Dirty Filthy Cops at the Top of the FBI’ ‘Tormented’ Michael Flynn Trump Rages and Predicts Flynn’s Exoneration"

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Tin woman1
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I can’t remember if Flynn has been sentenced. *rump is an idiot.

p j evans
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I think he was – but he got a new lawyer who’s very loud in trying to get it overturned.

p j evans
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Um. Flynn pleaded guilty, told the court under oath that he had lied about his activities WRT both Russia AND Turkey (with whom he had conspired to try kidnapping a Turkish cleric who has a green card), and now has a (fairly disreputable) lawyer who is trying to accuse his original (and very reputable) lawyers of being incompetent, while filing crappy legal statements with the court in trying to get him off.

Bareshark
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Know what all that tells me? Flynn is staying jail, no pardon, he’s on his own.

Denis Elliott
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I agree revert to type is an expression that’s applicable. However, I think a certain mathematical concept is even more descriptive when it comes to Trump – “Regression to the mean.”

Robert Burnett
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Trump is really sick ad nothing but a compulsive liar, who doesn’t even realize he’s lying. Eventually these lies will catch up and he’ll remove himself from society. Just keep feeding him the rope.

Bareshark
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Still waiting for said rope to hit the six foot mark (the length needed to break a man’s neck when hanged).