Whenever he and his White House learn that a major bombshell in the Trump-Russia scandal is about to hit the newswires, Donald Trump has a consistent habit of trying to create an arbitrary controversy in order to distract from it. He’ll go on a rant about Hillary Clinton, or pick a fight with a famous black athlete, in the hope the spectacle will take some headline space away from the real scandal. Now he’s taken things even further, tipping off the date and time that the next major Trump-Russia bombshell will land.
It began when Trump tweeted late last week that he would be handing out “fake news” awards to the media on Monday at 5pm. It was both utterly bizarre and oddly specific. Why was he going to such trouble to lay the groundwork for creating a massive distraction on Monday afternoon? Things became more clear when he posted this follow up tweet today: “The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!”
At this point Trump has not only invented a phony awards ceremony, he’s now rescheduling his phony awards ceremony. But look past the spectacle and sheer stupidity, and consider what he’s trying to do here. He was originally planning to create a huge distraction tomorrow afternoon. Now he’s decided instead that he needs to create that distraction next Wednesday.
In other words, Donald Trump and his people were originally told that a devastating Trump-Russia bombshell was likely to arrive late on Monday, and they’ve since been tipped off that it’s going to arrive next Wednesday. What precisely is coming? We don’t know yet. But this is the furthest Trump has ever gone to try to create a preemptive distraction, so he and his people appear to believe this will be the ugliest bombshell yet.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report