Due to a nap on the couch after dinner, I was awake way too early this morning, and on MSNBC was Morning Joe.
You may remember that when questioned, Trump said he watched it. It comes on at something like 3 AM California time, so during a 6 AM breakfast for Trump.
Well, Joe was talking with a set of guests, and the general theme was “Get Bannon” via “guilt by innuendo association”. It was the usual Slur Slime Line. But with an interesting twist. It was largely Concern Trolling about “white racist anti-Semites”. Now they did learn that attempting to directly slime Trump with that didn’t work, so they had a new angle. Failure to deny.
So it was the old story of somewhere some white supremacist or anti-Semite was pro Trump, and they were questioning why Bannon (and Trump) didn’t disavow the guy(s). Then Joe had this slightly sly glance at the camera and said something like “It is that old saying ‘He that does not deny, affirms’.” Well I did a web search and could find no such “old saying” in the top layer of searches. Confirm / Deny pulls up a lot of “I can neither confirm nor deny”, but Affirm / Deny just gets junk.
They then spent a while tisk-tisking about how unfortunate it was that Trump and Bannon were not out there denying and rejecting these folks. So in a way “picking a fight” for Trump and Bannon to start and get sucked into… or to be implied endorsers if they didn’t start the fight.
So that got me wondering:
Is that “old saying” just made up crap to attempt to maneuver Trump into more “Have you stopped beating your wife?” responses? ( You can’t answer with either yes, or no, without being slimed). Knowing Trump watches, have they started trying to exploit that to game him?
Now it is clearly the case that the only ways you can deal with that kind of trap question (or trap concern trolling) is to either just ignore it and get on with your own agenda, or to directly attack the question and questioner. Shine the light of truth on the nature of the question and request the motivation of a person who would ask it. (And no, a positive affirmation of the negative of the question doesn’t work well. “Have you stopped beating your wife?” then “I love my wife.” comes off lame, with the vague odor of dodge about it.)
Trump is a bright guy, so I’m pretty sure he wont be manipulated this way. Yet there was a clear “play” being made. The unclear part being a play for or against whom. Trump, or the audience?
For my part, it left me very unimpressed with the host (and thus the show). Just more slime and innuendo crap. I can only hope that Trump watches this as Opposition Research and with a large bucket of salt near by… or just doesn’t watch it any more:
Aide: Trump stopped morning tweets because he’s not watching ‘Morning Joe’
By Paulina Firozi – 02/27/17 07:52 PM EST
President Trump made the decision to cut back on his early morning tweets as part of an effort to regain focus following the first month of his administration, according to a new report.
According to the Associated Press, Trump has decreased his use of Twitter in the past few days, ahead of Tuesday’s address to Congress, especially in the early morning.
One adviser told the AP the change is a result of Trump no longer watching MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Gee… Ignoring Joe and getting on with his own agenda.
Which oddly is what I’m about to do… and what millions of others are doing.
Insult me. Insult my beliefs. Do trap and slime. Just why should I watch your show?
Well, that’s interesting, I just jumped over to Fox & Friends, and there is Trump being interviewed and talking about costs in the government, getting them down, implementing successes in government. Ah, much better.