It’s an axiom that the cover up is frequently worse than the crime, and right now it’s a toss up whether the White House’s denying Trump knew about the Russian bounties — or the White Power! salute, or Juneteenth or coronavirus — isn’t in fact more damning than admitting that he knew about these things and just shined them on, or mismanaged them. Columnist Dana Milbank opines, “ignorance may be the only bliss for Trump as his presidency dissolves into failures” and then goes on to record that “Trump’s own secretary of health and human services is saying the ‘window is closing’ to get control” of coronavirus, which is being referred to as “Trump’s plague.”

Even Don Jr. has gone on record saying, “I don’t think it’s too complicated to wear a mask,” speaking of the upcoming Republican national convention in Jacksonville, Florida — a state where COVID-19 is presently surging, and where Governor Ron DeSantis fired the expert in charge of keeping track of COVID-19 deaths so that he could personally misreport the facts however he pleased, enabling Trump  to tout Florida as an example to other states of how to reopen sooner rather than later.

The Trump administration is the embodiment of George Orwell’s comment, “ignorance is strength,” which means that the ruling class is able to maintain power and control by keeping the rest of the population ignorant. This is Authoritarianism 101 and it is the guiding light of this administration. Washington Post:

Previous presidents have claimed not to have been briefed about things they shouldn’t have known about, as when then-Vice President George H.W. Bush claimed he was “out of the loop” on the Iran-contra affair during the 1980s. But this is quite unusual: The White House insisting the president was out of the loop on something he should have known about. It’s as though Trump’s ignorance is a point of pride. […]

By Trump’s own account, he was kept in the dark by China on the coronavirus. He was oblivious to the significance of Juneteenth or of Tulsa when he scheduled a campaign rally on that day in that city. And John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser says Trump was unaware of many things, including Britain’s status as a nuclear power.

Ignorance may be the only bliss for Trump as his presidency dissolves into failures. As other countries keep the coronavirus in check, states that followed Trump’s encouragement to reopen early — Florida, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina — are seeing record levels of infections. His allies are calling for a campaign shakeup as polls show the unpopular president trailing Democrat Joe Biden by nearly 10 points.

His rally in Tulsa was a debacle. His dalliances with white supremacists (McEnany declined Monday to disavow the display of Confederate battle flags at Trump rallies) has galvanized the opposition. Bolton revealed that Trump sought reelection help from China. And now, Russians have apparently put bounties on the heads of U.S. troops.

Kayleigh McEnany unwittingly was telling the truth, for once, and that is that Donald Trump doesn’t know jack about anything and isn’t really running the country — except into the ground. What is really going on, is that the White House has always figured out a way to work around Trump and sanitize his most egregious stupidities and that’s becoming increasingly more difficult — and they want you to know as little as possible, while they figure out how to cobble together an acceptable truth. That’s what the denial is about. Yes, it’s totally implausible, but it’s a stall tactic while they furiously figure out what the hell to do: because Trump country, i.e., red states, is in big trouble right now. Politico:

Six states — Texas, Florida, Idaho, Tennessee, Utah and Georgia — all reported their highest single-day totals of new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a development Abbott described as “a very dangerous turn” in his state.

Top White House officials remain divided over the best course of action as the rate of new infections spikes in states across the U.S. Some officials, including health aides, believe the government needs to offer Americans more information on a regular basis about the best practices to keep Americans safe in the age of Covid-19 as well as continuing updates on new infections. Other aides firmly believe the White House should charge ahead with its economic message, regardless of the virus. That faction inside the White House does not want regular briefings on the state of Covid-19 or too many public appearances from officials like Fauci that could sour the nation’s mood in the coming months.

It’s still all a PR campaign at this point, because that’s how these people operate, but unfortunately, the Trump administration, like the Trump plague, was left unchecked for too long and now things are going out of control. In the last 48 hours Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell have reversed their positions and advocated mask wearing because they know how dire straits are — they’re just hoping like hell you don’t, as they see victory in November recede like the horizon.

 

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12 Comments on "WaPo: ‘Trump’s Ignorance Is Total — and You Can Quote His Press Secretary On That’"

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Tin woman1
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I wished for something to come along and undercut him and knock him out of the running. But so much! I didn’t want.

Bareshark
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That’s why they say be careful what you wish for. The cost is often much higher than is conscionable.

Carroll Ann Robinson
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My God but this is some scary stuff U…….to add to it, I heard a bit ago that it took more than three hours to find/reach the orange terror on the golf course to tell him the entire damned country was on fire over his white power tweet, and that Senator Tim Scott, black Republican, which is an oxymoron if ever there was one, was so upset he was talking about it on national television. My question: what the hell happens if we really need to reach him for something that could get all of us killed? Three hours? Really?… Read more »
Bareshark
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In that case, Carroll, we are completely on our own here.

Darrel
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WOW, I finally got the gist of Trump’s big lie here, since I have been busy doing other things instead of spending the time to follow the ass hole’s tweets in second hand versions, I ABSOLUTELY want to silence DJT’s stupid remarks about never being told anything, because of being busy playing golf instead of running the Country … Way back, when I was working on the proposal to Boeing on the first 747’s as a pair of AF1+2 for the world’s premiere communication Company, which was tasked by the specs to generate a system, always on line wherever the… Read more »
Meg Corrigan
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What do you think he’s going to do if we all were really in danger? We’re already in danger and he’s doing nothing. The fact that the White House staff can’t even agree on a way forward is telling: tRump should be LEADING them but he is totally incapable of leadership on any level. The House needs to start impeachment hearings again and broadcast them not only on CSPAN but on every major station including Fox. Run the hearings right up to November 2nd.

Darrel
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The possibility of fraud and miss-information comes right out of Trump’s worthless mind, to start with, it did not take him long to come around to mentioning his own brilliance and saying his did not need or want a bunch of helpers in his office, he would run everything directly, and here we are, he’s a maniacal, malignant narcissist, with cruel, sadistic tendency’s, that he feels pleasure in using against citizens, or just about anybody that refuses to give him the praise he so richly deserves — GAG … BARF … Until we can force off McConnell’s lip lock on… Read more »
Bareshark
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Funny story about TN’s numbers: the day after that spike, the reporting tracker went completely offline. Now I know those hayseeds can barely turn on a power switch when it comes to IT. But I wouldn’t put it past them to pull the plug just to black out the bad press.

p j evans
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“Trump’s own secretary of health and human services is saying the ‘window is closing’ to get control” of coronavirus
That window closed back in April.

anastasjoy
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It’s not public appearances by Fauci that are souring the country’s mood — it’s the exploding rate of infections. Jeez, these people …

Concinnity
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‘It’s still all a PR campaign at this point, because that’s how these people operate.’

It’s the only way they know how to operate. With these people there is no reality, just ‘optics’ and spin.

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