A Peek Into Trump’s Wollamania: NYT Article Is a ‘Four Tweeter’

If you want to see how a President Trump might govern, this one tweet covers it nicely.

Inherent in this masterpiece is the core of Trump’s wollamania (a word based on “wollam“). Let’s unpack it.

  • Believe me” – the starting foundation of everything Trump. If it doesn’t issue from the pursed lips beneath the golden combover, it’s not true.
  • “Phony media” – nothing the press publishes about Trump is ever true, unless its a favorable poll or it’s written by Bob Woodward–even if it’s likely a fabricated yarn.
  • “People who work for my campaign” – Trump speaks for Trump. Spokeswoman Hope Hicks is merely a apparatchik, a secretary who passes on pronouncements from the Orange Throne (by email). Corey Lewandowski is a goon with no voice other than “your hair is particularly nice today, Mr. Trump.” Paul Manafort is a praetor to the throne, loyal but only relevant when in Trump’s personal company–he should not be listened to otherwise.
  • “The only quote that matters” – Of course.

What provoked the latest Tweetstorm? A vaguely negative article by the New York Times titled “Donald Trump’s Campaign Stumbles as It Tries to Go Big.” It wasn’t big news or treated as big news, but the wollamaniac Trump couldn’t stand the Times going with the word “stumbles” so he reacted strongly.

Asked for comment about his management style, and the current state of his campaign, Mr. Trump declined, criticizing the reporters writing this article. “You two wouldn’t know how to write a good story about me if you tried — dream on,” Mr. Trump said in an email relayed by his spokeswoman, Hope Hicks.

So far, Mr. Trump has shown little inclination to adjust to a political world. His penchant for setting up competition and infusing tension between his subordinates has carried over from his real estate company.

“He certainly does love playing people against each other, but in my experience he knew how to make me reach my potential,” said Sam Nunberg, who was fired from the campaign in 2015 after a series of clashes with the campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. “You become very committed in that environment.”

But, as was the case with Mr. Wiley’s dismissal, Mr. Trump is reliant on information he garners himself, and can be swayed by the last person he talked to.

This gives a peek into how Trump would govern. His cabinet, staff, and advisors (other than his children) would be marked by hyper-competition, infighting and strife. Rumors and gossip would power the press, with “the last person” Trump talked to before a decision being the key prize.

Press writing negative stories would be treated like–well how he treats the press now, except he’d have far more leverage to follow through with his threats.

This simple Times story, which summarizes most of what happened in the past week or so and has been widely reported everywhere, including here, yielded four tweets from Trump. Maybe that’s a good way to describe how on-the-mark reporting on Trump is: This one is a four-tweeter.

I can see White House reporters sitting in the press office trading fish stories.

“Hey I see you got a three-tweeter. My last one was a four-tweeter.”

“Oh yeah? What about the one last week I did, it was a five-tweeter, he really tore into me.”

“Watch out for my next one. I’m going for six. I don’t think it’s been done before.”

The moment Trump takes office, America will be transformed all right. Even our vocabulary will revolve around the Orange Throne. The press will have never had it so good (or so painful).

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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