Because he’s the world’s worst poker player, Donald Trump just keeps giving away the game. Some people have a “tell” when they’re bluffing or lying. Trump has a tell when he knows a major bombshell is about to land in his Trump-Russia scandal and he’s hoping to distract from it. He tries a little too hard to create an arbitrary distraction, so when the real story lands, it’ll have to compete for headline space. He’s just given away the game again.
Trump got off to a late start this morning, beginning his usual morning Twitter meltdown roughly two hours late. Perhaps that’s because he first had to stop and digest some bad news he had just received about his Russia scandal. We say this because here’s what Trump ended up tweeting: “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” We’ve seen this script before.
When Trump learns that bad news is about to hit the newswires about his Russia scandal, one of his favorite distractions is to pick a fight with a famous black American. In the past he’s targeted everyone from Steph Curry to Colin Kaepernick to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Trump’s racist base loves him for it. Mainstream Americans condemn him for it. The controversy makes his latest racist feud the big story for the day, meaning people aren’t paying quite as much attention to whatever new details are about to be reported about his Russian treason.
How does Donald Trump know these Trump-Russia bombshells are about to land? Major news outlets typically call the White House just before publishing such stories, asking if Trump wants to provide a comment for the story. In so doing, the newspapers show their hand to him. Trump then invariably shows his hand to the public. Look for the big Russia bombshell tonight or tomorrow.
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