I don’t know whether there is any kind of coordination with the Trump legal team, or whether former Trump Mar-A-Lago attorney Timothy Parlatore, or whether he’s belatedly trying to make his peace with Satan, but either way, what we’re seeing is an inspired mindf*ck.
When Parlatore first left the Trump team, he was bitingly acerbic about multiple members of the Trump Florida defense team, especially the legal Port-O-San Boris Epshteyn. But in recent cable and network news interviews, Parlatore has deferred from dishing any more dirt, simply stating that he has already said all he has to say on that subject.
Parlatore appeared tonight on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, and it was clear from the start that O’Donnell had lovingly prepared for this interview with his staff. He had Parlatore in the chair for close to a half an hour, and Lawrence didn’t disappoint.
For a half an hour, O’Donnell, who prepared carefully, treated Parlatore like a personal bop doll, one of those blow up dolls with a sand base, where you knock them down, and they op right back up again for a left uppercut. And yet, through it all, every time O’Donnell tried to skewer him, Parlatore just popped back up, a benign look on his face, and calmly provided a possible alternative interpretation to O’Donnell’s previous hypothesis. Because that’s what his questions were, hypotheses and nothing more.
If you watched the interview, like Teri and I did, you came away high fiving and dancing on the ceiling for how O’Donnell had just demolished a high dollar Trump defense attorney. But when I sat back for a moment and replayed the interview, I realized how we all couldn’t have been more wrong.
Because if I’m a member of the Trump defense team right now, I’m popping champagne corks, and dancing around a May Pole. because a former team member has just given the Trump defense two gifts for free. And it’s the kind of help you can’t buy with ads or press conferences.
Here’s how it works. Parlatore hasn’t just hit MSNBC. He’s making the rounds of all of the mainstream media outlets, who love him since they see him as a disgruntled former Trump lawyer with an axe to grind, and they want him to grind it on their air. But it isn’t working out that way.
Parlatore is actually serving two purposes at the same time for the Trump defense team. First, by calmly responding to antagonistic questions about Trump’s culpability in the documents case, Parlatore is getting a preliminary draft of the Trump defense teams possible defense for Traitor Tot. This gives them a chance to see how it’s playing in the mainstream population. And if nothing else, it’s sowing seeds of doubt of the prosecutions case into the minds of a potential jury pool.
Second, Parlatore has just given FUX News and the Trump defense team a golden goose. For all of their travails, FUX just can’t seem to quit Trump. It’s like the high school cheerleader who loves the delinquent greaser. But Parlatore has just given FUX a prefect chance to do His Lowness a solid.
Mark my words. By the time that FUX and Friends hits the air in the morning, the producers and editors will have crafted carefully edited segments that show O’Donnell sneeringly thinking he’s taking Parlatore down, only to have him respond with a word salad response that sounds to blubbering imbeciles like a world class refutations of O’Donnell’s assertion. This restores Trump’s base with the belief that it’s all a witch hunt, and allows El Pendejo President to trim the sheeple for more fundraising.
Never forget one simple thing. Donald Trump is a creature of the media. He has spent 45v years using it to his advantage, and he sure as hell knows how to manipulate it. And it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he found a Manchurian Candidate rogue lawyer to spread the party line dressed as a Trump opponent. Just remember one thing. When you break it down, Parlatore’s responses held absolutely no legal water whatsoever. But that doesn’t mean that everybody else out there knows it. Don’t touch that dial.