Sometimes a swatted fly reveals more than a fly on the wall. From today’s Washington Post:
Trump’s demeaning of [Reince] Priebus came through in other ways, too. At one point, during a meeting in the Oval Office, a fly began buzzing overhead, distracting the president. As the fly continued to circle, Trump summoned his chief of staff and tasked him with killing the insect, according to someone familiar with the incident.
Nothing illustrates the past year’s prostration of the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and his party better than this swatting. Not even this scene from just last month in which Priebus told Trump that “we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda” – the kind of praise one normally gives to God.
The Post’s story follows days after Trump’s new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, shared this insight with The New Yorker:
Reince is a f***ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He channeled Priebus as he spoke: “ ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f***ing thing and see if I can c***block these people the way I c***blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ”
The New Yorker noted that “Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.” Big mistake. Just as Christopher Walken needed more cowbell from Blue Oyster Cult, Trump needs more c***blocking from his sycophants:
President Trump was reportedly unhappy with former chief of staff Reince Priebus for not “returning fire” at White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci following an explosive interview with the New Yorker this week.
Yesterday, Trump and his entourage abandoned Priebus on the tarmac after Air Force One landed in New York.
Abraham Lincoln had his Team of Rivals. And now, with Priebus’ firing, Trump is inching closer to having his Team of C***blockers.
But what happens when someone on the Team refuses to swat flies and, instead, c***blocks the President himself?
Peggy Noonan answered that question – well, perhaps not that exact question – on Thursday. Referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ refusal to capitulate in the face of weeks of degrading tweets made against him by Trump, she had this to say:
[Trump’s] not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying. He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen. It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife. Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and desire to show the world respect by presenting herself with dignity….Half the president’s tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn.
Sessions gave up his Senate seat in order to implement Trump’s immigration and tough-on-crime agenda. He’s proud of his efforts and daring Trump to fire him.
Noonan’s best insight comes at the very end of her piece:
Meanwhile the whole world is watching, a world that contains predators. How could they not be seeing this weakness, confusion and chaos and thinking it’s a good time to cause some trouble.
As Noonan points out, Trump’s lack of manliness undermines America’s foreign policy. Those who attempt to appease Trump by swatting his flies end up stains on an airport tarmac while those like Sessions who remain steadfast not only maintain their dignity but also avoid (so far at least) firing by the hardass CEO of the Apprentice, someone who’s supposed to be able to effortlessly fire anyone at anytime but instead responds to defiance by morphing into a transitioning Bruce Jenner.
If you’re Kim Jung-Un, what conclusion might you draw from all of this?
The obvious one, of course. Hours after Noonan’s published her piece, North Korea tested, yet again, another intercontinental ballistic missile, one that can reach the continental United States.
This comes after months of Trump tweeting ultimatums against North Korea and pleas to China to get a handle on its client state. China hasn’t done so. Indeed, such is the level of disrespect China has towards Trump that it has been allowing its banks to process billions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on North Korea’s behalf and allowing North Koreans to transport their missiles on Chinese-built trucks.
Even Trump should be learning by now that raging tweets can’t c***block a determined cabinet secretary, or a Hwasong-14 ballistic missile. Trump’s agenda is in shambles, and America is in grave danger, not because of the caustic tone of Trump’s tweets but because Trump’s enemies have learned not to take him seriously.