FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. Right now, the Republican Party is the party of “whatever Trump wants.” But with Trump’s all-over-the-map approach to policy, who will the GOP be in four years? (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

Nobody Is Talking About These Things

I am beginning to believe it is not accidental or a forced error. I think there is a method to the madness. On Friday and into the weekend, Donald Trump went after Congressman John Lewis on Twitter. Lewis had said he did not consider Trump to be a “legitimate” President and said he would not attend the inauguration. Lewis, it should be noted, may have once been a Civil Right hero, but in recent years has been a typical Democratic race baiter, using race as a weapon to drum up fear against white Republicans.

Trump savaged Lewis for the failures in his congressional district and the media went nuts. That was just about all the media wanted to cover this weekend. What did the media then not cover?

The confirmation hearings, including the Marco Rubio barrage against Rex Tillerson. The issues Democrats are raising with regard to Congressman Tom Price’s stock purchases. The left’s objections to Betsy DeVos. Paul Ryan’s plans to defund Planned Parenthood.

All of that and more flew under the radar. It was off the front page of the newspaper, largely off the Sunday talk shows, and certainly buried on social media as everyone chimed in on Trump vs. Lewis.

For all his faults, Donald Trump has an amazing way of forcing everyone into distraction, negating the press and his critics’ ability to focus. It really is a pretty smart strategy in an age of limited attention span. And yes, I am more and more convinced it is a strategy.

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Erick Erickson

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