For as long as he’s been in the political arena, Donald Trump’s central premise has been that President Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim who screwed up everything he touched. That premise has allowed Trump to easily get the votes of racists, and since he’s taken office, it’s allowed him to pretend that he’s “fixing” all the imaginary things Obama got wrong. But in his eagerness to create a distraction today, Trump screwed up and credited Obama.
Donald Trump is clearly trying to distract us from the news of Paul Manafort having met with Julian Assange during the election. Accordingly, he decided just now to pick a fight with General Motors, which announced yesterday that it was laying off numerous American workers as a result of Trump’s disastrous tariffs and trade war.
Here’s the key part of what Trump tweeted: “The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!” Oops. Trump has long gone back and forth over whether the auto industry bailout should have happened, ostensibly because he’s been trying to avoid giving President Obama any credit for having done it. But now, Trump is flat out admitting that the bailout was a good thing, even as he rips into GM for supposedly failing to live up to its end of the bargain.
So in his haste to create a distraction from his worsening Trump-Russia treason scandal – and yes it’s okay to refer to it as treason – Donald Trump has screwed up and accidentally given President Obama credit for having gotten something right. Does this really matter? Only in the sense that it demonstrates how sloppy and reckless Trump is becoming; he’s clearly no longer in charge of his own intended narrative.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report