Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves Matthew 7:15
Let’s face it, Donald Trump is going to have a hard time running for reelection. Truth be told, Trump has an almost impossible time running for anything, the best he can manage is a kind of shambling accelerated waddle. But he can’t run on his Nightmare On Elm Street response to the coronavirus, he can’t run on the strength of his vaunted Trump economy, he can’t run on his signature healthcare replacement for Obamacare, and he can’t tun on his idiotic rich shitpoke giveaway tax breaks. And nobody else in the GOP can run on any of that shit either.
So obviously, a brand new, bright shiny object is required to distract from His Lowness’ prodigious failures, and fortunately Trump and Co have one ready at hand. You may remember that recently I wrote about a moderate kerfuffle in the dystopian paradise of Trumpmenistan. The Republican National Senatorial Committee had sent out a letter to incumbents, especially vulnerable incumbents, telling them to not defend Hair Twitter on his coronavirus response, instead to play up Trump’s escalating war on China as being responsible for the whole mess in the first place. Trump then stepped in and vowed to personally fillet anyone rash enough to leave him twisting in the wind like that.
But the kerfuffle was enlightening, because it showed the next phase that the Trump campaign was moving to in order to prop up his floundering reelection campaign. Namely, Blame China for everything! Increasingly in recent days, Trump has begun to pivot more and more towards blaming China for everything. He has tried blaming the entire pandemic on some insidious Chinese plot, even though scientific testing and his own intelligence services say that the virus was not man made or genetically manipulated in a lab. Want a fall guy for the collapsing Trump economy? Blame China for insidiously releasing the coronavirus, which tanked his vaunted stock market. China, China, China. 24/7 all the time.
And it reached its zenith in the press conference yesterday. When asked about reports that Chinese hackers were trying to get the inside scoop on technical data for a vaccine against the virus, Trump replied, China. So what else is new? Why would you be surprised about China hacking? What else is new? And when asked by an American reporter of Chinese descent why he insisted on turning the death toll in the United States into some kind of warped international competition when American citizens were dying, he replied, Well, maybe you should ask China about that. And when a second reporter backed up the first reporters outrage, and demanded an explanation, Trump simply said, Thank you very much everybody, and turned, face flushed, and fists bunched at his sides, and stormed back into the Oval Office.
Look, we all already know that not only Trump, but the GOP writ large are embarking on a mission to blame China for everything. I don’t even have press credentials, but I’ve been able to scope that one out for myself, which makes me believe that the majority of reporters have tipped wise to it as well. But because Trump is so goddamned single minded and unimaginative, this is going to ensure that there are going to be plenty of times that he invokes the name of China when it has absolutely no relation to the original question. Which begs the immediate follow up question, What the FUCK does China have to do with that? That question should be at the top of every reporters tongue the minute the word China passes Trump’s lips, unless the situation doesn’t actually qualify for it.
The reporter’s question yesterday was a perfect example. The reporter simply asked the perfectly relevant question as to why the President of the United States kept using the US mortality rate like some kind of an Olympic medal count to determine our place on the world stage, to which Trump relied, Well, maybe you should ask CHINA that question? To which the most obvious follow up question in the world is, What the FUCK does China have to do with your perverse way in measuring the value of the number of American lives lost?
And this question doesn’t have to be reserved for El Pendejo President alone, it can be applied to all of his minions as well. They have their marching orders, Parrot Trump in regards to blaming China for everything. Which means that when they get uncomfortable questions, they are going to be forced to twist themselves into rhetorical pretzels to blame China for everything. And when they stand there and blame some purely internal American matter on China, it begs the immediate follow up question, What does that have to do with China? And then sit back and watch them twist in the wind.
This is the real problem for Trump and the GOP going into the 2020 election. When you have absolutely nothing positive to run on, then you are instead forces to find a nemesis to run against. And the problem for Trump and the GOP is that it’s really hard to find a way to coherently keep blaming that nemesis for all of the bad shit that has happened to you. So if you’re the media, the simple answer is to listen to the question, ask that one simple follow up question, sit back, and enjoy the show. It should be both entertaining, as well as informative.
To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen
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