Give Donald Trump this. Even when shooting himself in the foot, he knows how to dramatically steal the spotlight from anybody else.
The major story today in the press was going to be Bill Clinton’s speech last night at the Democratic convention. Not any more.
Trump is going to lead the headlines. The first story will be about his call to Russia to spy on America. The second story will be about his refusal to release his tax returns after promising to do so. Both of those stories, the analysis of them, and the commentary on them, will drown out any story about Bill Clinton’s speech.
That is genius in and of itself. Trump, I’m sure, expects he’ll be perfectly fine through this. After all, it is not like his base believes the lying media. In the process, he has scuttled the major talking points of the Democrats today and completely overshadows them.