Boy that didn’t take long.
Donald Trump took to Twitter today to suggest that the “hush money” tape made by his fixer Michael Cohen may have been doctored.
“What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before? Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things? I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped - can this be so? Too bad!
Inquiring minds would like to know 1) What were the presumably “positive things” that the president said about paying $150K to buy the silence of former Playboy model Karen McDougal, and 2) Who told him that Cohen taped "other clients and many reporters?"
But that’s another can of worms to open.
Now that president Trump has put the doctored tape ball into play, he’ll probably be denying that Cohen was his personal lawyer by tomorrow.
As George Orwell wrote in 1984: “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
The reality in Trump’s mind is that he can make lovey-dovey with Vladimir Putin, smear US intelligence services, trash allies, launch a global trade war, massively cut taxes, increase the deficit, separate families, cage young kids, destroy ObamaCare and continually lie without undermining the standing of the US before the world and its own people. That's hogwash. It will take years for our country to get over the damage brought about by Trump.
As in George Orwell's classic, “1984,” Trump operates his own version of the Ministry of Truth to spread lies and propaganda.
Consider these three news stories.
CNN reported July 24 that the White House has ended the long-time practice of releasing the transcript of presidential phone calls with foreign leaders. One can now only imagine what popped into Trump's mind when he recently chatted with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The HuffPost reported today that the White House edited from the transcript and video of Trump’s horror in Helsinki with Vlad a question that Reuters reporter Jeff Mason posed to Putin about whether he wanted Trump to win the presidential election. Da, Da, smiled the Russian.
The New York Times also weighed in today with how Trump was enraged that First Lady Melania tuned into CNN (FAKE NEWS CENTRAL) while on Air Force One. She violated Trump Rule No. 1 that all TVs should show only Fox, which tosses bouquets to its faithful watcher-in-chief.
The White House’s Ministry of Truth works hard to keep Americans misinformed and confused about reality, so they don’t stand up to Trump, or egad impeach him.
Ignorance is indeed its strength.