Donald Trump found himself backed so thoroughly into a corner on Tuesday evening by a series of explosive accusations regarding himself and Russian prostitutes and blackmail and secret meetings with Russian officials, all he could do was yell the words “fake news!” on Twitter, as his world closed him on him by the minute. But an hour later he finally worked up the nerve to tweet again, and this time he resorted to tweeting a link to fake news article in the name of defending himself against his exploding Russian prostitute blackmail scandal.
At 8:19pm, Donald Trump all but signaled surrender on the matter by feebly tweeting “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” And that seemed to be all that we might hear from him on the matter. But then he came back later and tweeted a link to an article from a site called Lifezette, which accused the entire Russian prostitute scandal of being “fake news.” The trouble is, Lifezette itself is a conservative extremist site which regularly posts fake and misleading propaganda – and it’s run by Trump’s pal Laura Ingraham.
Nevermind that Donald Trump’s Russian prostitute blackmail scandal was flushed out by everyone from CNN to BuzzFeed to Vanity Fair to Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, who all reported on it in one form or another. In Donald Trump’s mind, anything that’s negative about him has to be “fake news” – no matter how real it may be. And that kind of self-denial, more than anything, may be his undoing.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report