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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 09:16 AM

Trump's bluster crashes into a barrage of impeachment facts

Trump’s bluster crashes into a barrage of impeachment facts
The president’s confident, solo style is set to collide with Democratic efforts to publicly expose his actions over Ukraine aid.
By NANCY COOK
11/11/2019 05:02 AM EST


President Donald Trump has boasted, bullied, bragged, charmed and even lied his way through his first three years as America’s first Twitter president.

He prefers to issue major announcements himself over social media, whether policy moves or staff firings. He killed the daily White House briefing in lieu of the messy practice of fielding reporters’ shouted questions from the Oval Office or before his presidential helicopter. As Year Three of his presidency closes out, he has built his style of communicating around the pillars of political grievances, conspiracy theories and the targeting of perceived enemies. Most of all, he prefers to dictate and dominate the news cycles.

Now Trump faces the toughest test of his presidency, relying on himself as his own best messenger and strategist against a barrage of threatening evidence as lawmakers weigh throwing him out of office.

With public impeachment hearings launching this week, Trump is expected to move into communications overdrive with an approach fundamentally at odds with what any traditional presidential aides would advise. By choice, he is confronting the existential threats to his presidency largely alone and relying heavily on own instincts and skills to guide the White House — all while feeling frustrated by White House aides’ lack of aggressiveness in defending him.

But Trump’s tactics of speaking directly to supporters, branding catch phrases and casting critical information as fake may not work as well on impeachment as Democrats gather testimony and evidence from top officials not beholden to the Trump orbit. Even Trump himself is not sure he can beat impeachment, said a person close to the White House.

“This is a lot different than doing ‘Low Energy Jeb.’ When it does not involve smearing and innuendo, and it does not play solely on people’s emotions, then he is in trouble,” said Timothy O’Brien, author of the biography “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald.” “He doesn’t argue well when there is an obvious fact pattern at play. That is his Achilles’ heel.”


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https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/11/trump-instincts-unimpeachable-presidency-ukraine-069015

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babylonsister Nov 11 OP
2naSalit Nov 11 #1
Sugar Smack Nov 11 #2
ProudMNDemocrat Nov 11 #3
crickets Nov 11 #4
empedocles Nov 11 #5
gratuitous Nov 11 #6
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 09:31 AM

1. It's going to be a major squirm for the dumpster...

There's an added point to be made, which I heard about yesterday, that nobody can bring cell phones or other communication devices into the hearings. Apparently they do bring them to hearings and message each other while monitoring loser45's tweets as he watches on the teevee machine. During these hearings, they won't know what loser45 is tweeting nor can they strategize under the radar in real time throughout so that will be more difficult for the errant parties than those who are doing the People's business.

Certainly worth watching. I wish I could get a muti-screen setup like I used to have in the control booth, I want to watch the faces of several characters when the truth is being told. I don't think we'll get that many camera views going on with these live broadcasts.

I have to go find my popcorn popper, haven't unpacked it yet, 'cause this is going to be binge theater.

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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 09:34 AM

2. Hope trump can find the vocabulary to hold his own.

*snicker*

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 09:55 AM

3. No one to defend him?

As far as WH staff are concerned. Why is there a Press Secretary? We are paying her to do what exactly?

Those ass-kissers in Congress? Bigger buffoons than Trump.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:41 AM

4. He's the best! Too proud to need help,

and that could be his undoing. GOOD.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:37 AM

5. Bluster Butt gets taken to the old woodshed?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:54 AM

6. The media have their work cut out for them

In the face of overwhelming testimony and evidence, some of it coming directly and personally from Trump himself, the media are going to be hard pressed to "both sides" the shit out of this. You've probably already seen some whatabouts concerning the Bidens or the Clinton Foundation. The Biden charges are a complete flop of trying to stovepipe disparate events into a single narrative, while the Clinton Foundation is lazy shorthand for "Oh, you know, they're corrupt. We just don't know the how or the why or the what of it, but come on!"

There will be other efforts to squirt ink, blow smoke, and throw shit at the walls to see what sticks. It will be repetitious and exhausting to do, but we have to keep pointing out actual facts.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:32 PM

7. broadcast tv always mentions Bidens

Each report about the "Democrats' impeachment inquiry" that I've seen on broadcast tv includes a mention of the Bidens and includes a soundbite from at least one Republican. They seem to want their horse race or 'wrestling' match regardless of the seriousness of the crisis.

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