Trump: The Great Distractor

85438C88-6139-40E0-96EF-FFBE32A8213CI’ve never done this before, but today I’m going to post here, verbatim, an editorial that appeared in this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle. Because this is what Donald Trump does….

We’ve seen this sequence before: A story, one that that President Trump wants to go away fast, erupts. He quickly says or does something so outrageous that it overtakes the news cycle.


It wasn’t on Nov. 20, 2018, according to former National Security Adviser John Bolton in his new book, “The Room Where It Happened.” In that case, the story Trump wanted to eclipse was a Washington Post revelation that daughter Ivanka had sent hundreds of emails to White House aides on a personal account in violation of federal records rules. That was obviously an embarrassing story for a president who, as a candidate, had attacked his opponent Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state.

So what could be jaw-dropping enough to bury the Ivanka story? Why, how about a defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal dismemberment of Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, contradicting the CIA’s conclusion that the prince ordered the assassination.

“This will divert from Ivanka,” Bolton quoted Trump as saying in drafting the statement.

It did.

Now along comes an even more explosive allegation Friday night: a New York Times report that Russian operatives offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan. The story alleged that Trump had been briefed about the intelligence finding, along with a menu of options that included sanctions, yet Trump had taken no action against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But that was not the story dominating social media on Sunday. Cyberspace was buzzing with Trump’s retweet of a video with his white supporters in Florida shouting “white power!” in an angry exchange with anti-Trump protesters. Trump’s retweet, with his salute to “the great people of The Villages” retirement community, was later deleted, but not before it had 4 million views. The Team Trump spin crew tried to claim the president did not hear the “white power” words even though they came at the start of the 2-minute video.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnaney said the president, purportedly unaware of the racist shouts, retweeted the video to show solidarity with supporters who are “oftentimes demonized.”

Then on Monday morning Trump was back at it, retweeting without comment a video of a white couple pointing a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun toward a peaceful procession of Black protesters in St. Louis.

There are two disturbing trends on display in Trump’s Twitter feed. One is his art of deflection. The other is his unapologetic appeals to racism.

Trump is the distractor-in-chief. But as I wrote in my earlier post today, he is a traitor to America. If you are going to vote for him in November, you, too, are a traitor to America.

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18 thoughts on “Trump: The Great Distractor

  1. Sadje June 30, 2020 / 8:51 am

    I find this too maddening! How and why cannot people see him for what he is.

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  2. stacielh June 30, 2020 / 10:09 am

    Read it. Researching. Not immediately closing my mind to it. Wish others would do the same who are being so blinded in so many ways these days. We will be a socialist, communist country if Biden wins. Please research, not just on your party’s favored sites, but truly research.

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    • Fandango June 30, 2020 / 10:53 am

      “We will be a socialist, communist country if Biden wins.” That’s just so not true. Again, GOP propaganda. But if Trump is re-elected, we will no longer be a democracy. We will be a dictatorship under the leadership of a Putin-wannabe autocrat.


      • stacielh June 30, 2020 / 4:02 pm

        I guess only time will tell. I encourage you to listen to what Judy Mikovits has to say about AIDS. I followed your recommendation to read about someone you think has accurate information and is trustworthy. Would you do the same? I can see we will have to agree to disagree, but humor me on that one.

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      • stacielh June 30, 2020 / 10:05 pm I would encourage you to think about your statement that Republicans are selfish. I have worked for and known many Democrats who don’t give nearly as much of their own money to individuals in need or charitable organizations. I believe your idea of “selfish” is that we are not in favor of big government, the government giving everyone what they need (which runs into the problem of then, the government owns everyone, basically and can gain more control if and when they want to.). Republicans are for smaller government, people helping people, which is how it is in “my neck of the woods”. MOST republicans I know would give the shirt off their back to help someone in need. MOST democrats I know would give a little to charities and be sure it was a tax write off and then sit in their cushy lawyer lifestyle, etc., while expecting the government to take care of the people so they can keep their money. This is my experience. Neither party is perfect, I definitely will admit that. I don’t agree 100% with either, but more with Republican than with Democrat on some very important issues I cannot waiver on.

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        • Fandango June 30, 2020 / 11:23 pm

          I think your characterization of “most Democrats” you know is way off base. I would respond to your comments point by point, but I think it would be a waste of time for both of us. So let’s agree to disagree and move on.


  3. rugby843 June 30, 2020 / 10:30 am

    I think the people who still support T May becoming nose blind to his odor.

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  4. Taswegian1957 June 30, 2020 / 4:30 pm

    I don’t know which is worse, that Trump says and does what he does because he is crazy or that he does it on purpose to manipulate the media and distract from things he doesn’t want discussed. This is what you get when you turn political office into a reality TV show.

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  5. Marleen June 30, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    Tammy Duckworth (former Army lieutenant colonel) used the words obscene and shameful of Trump.

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