Yes, I really can prove it.
- Trump Tweet Impossibility – In the same tweet, Donald Trump called Fire and Fury false, then proceeded to trash his ex-adviser Steve Bannon for a quote that appeared in the ‘untrue’ book.
- The Mirror Investigation – On December 7, 2017, I coined the term ‘Mirror Investigation’ to describe the counter-narrative Sean Hannity was (and is) spinning in reaction to bombshell news regularly dropping about Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian Collusion with Donald Trump and his campaign. News Articles appearing 2-3 weeks later called it a ‘parallel probe.’
Time Number One: Trump Tweet Impossibility (01/07/2018)
On January 7, 2018, I pointed out a logical error in one of Donald Trump’s tweets about the then newly released book Fire and Fury by Micheal Wolfe. The book was supposed to be a look inside President Trump’s first year in office as President. In the book were many embarrassing vignettes into the daily life of POTUS.
There was a salacious quote in the book attributed to President Trump’s ex-senior adviser Steve Bannon. He had been fired by the President on August 18, 2017.
Mr. Bannon, in reference to the now infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, attended by Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, was quoted in the book saying:
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
The Bannon quote was released as part of a teaser article in The Guardian on January 3, 2018. Donald Trump claimed in a tweet on January 5, 2018 that Fire and Fury was a work of fiction, completely untrue, while at the same time, trashing “sloppy Steve Bannon” for his quote that appeared in the book:
“Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”
Did you see the problem? If Fire and Fury was a work of fiction, why was Donald Trump mad at Steve Bannon for his quote in the book? If Fire and Fury were in reality “untruthful,” then The President should have known the quote was false and disregarded it instead of hanging Steve Bannon out to dry on Twitter.
Of course, the “Fake News” truth, or as I like to call it, the truth, is that Bannon did say the quote and Trump was furious with him for disparaging family members Don Jr and Jared Kushner. But…the book can’t be completely false if one quote is true, right? Or did Micheal Wolfe include that one true quote and everything else was a lie?
Does that make sense? (That’s my catchphrase, like Murrow with Good night, and good luck, or Maddow’s That’s weird)
My original post pointing out the logical impossibility inherent in Trump’s tweet on Facebook was on January 6, 2018:
I followed my Facebook post with an article on Fox Hawk the next day (Sunday, January 7, 2018):
That same day, David Axelrod, ex-chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper. He was appearing this particular day as a commentator.
Readers might remember this episode, it’s the one where Stephen Miller blew up at Jake Tapper. Miller is President Trump’s senior adviser for policy. The first question from Jake Tapper to Mr. Miller was about the Bannon quote in Fire and Fury. The transcript follows (bold added by author):
“TAPPER: So, President Trump and the White House have been calling the Russia investigation a witch-hunt and a nothing burger, but, obviously, in this new Michael Wolff book, “Fire and Fury,” Bannon offered a different take on the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and these other officials, including a Russian lawyer.
He called it treasonous and unpatriotic and he said that — quote — “The chance that Don Jr. didn’t walk these Jumos up to his father’s office on the 26th floor is zero.”
Did President Trump meet with any of the so-called “Jumos” who were in that Trump meeting?
MILLER: Steve Bannon’s eloquence in that description notwithstanding, it’s tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments, so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive.
And the whole White House staff is deeply disappointed in his comments, which were grotesque.
And with respect to the Trump Tower meeting that he’s talking about, he wasn’t even there when any of this went down. So, he’s not really a remotely credible source on any of it.
It reads like an angry, vindictive person spouting off to a highly discredible author. The book is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction.”
After talking about Fire and Fury, Miller went on a tirade about the “Fake News” networks (CNN, MSNBC) not giving The President the respect he deserves. Mr. Tapper cut the interview short.
Later in the show, David Axelrod and Mark McKinnon appeared as commentators for a different segment. Having just witnessed the Miller interview, Mr. Axelrod said this:
“And let me just point out one thing about Steve Miller’s rather strange appearance on your show today. You can’t at the same time argue that a book is pure fiction and then denounce Steve Bannon for his quotes in the book, OK? Either it’s one thing or the other.”
As far as I can tell, I was the first person to make this assertion.
Part 2 to follow soon.