Donald Trump has always been something of a one-trick pony, and these days he’s becoming more predictable than ever. For instance, once he realized that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was about to criminally charge him, he began pushing a false narrative about how the case was supposedly falling apart, and urged Bragg to drop the case because it was supposedly the right thing to do.
This strategy went nowhere, and Bragg ended up charging Trump with thirty-four felonies. But in spite of how poorly this strategy went the last time, Trump is now trying it again. Yesterday he reportedly gave seven to eight hours of testimony in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil probe into the Trump Organization.
After giving his testimony, Trump went on social media and (stop us if you’ve heard this one before) declared that the case against him was falling apart. He then proceeded to (again, stop us if you’ve heard this one before) announced that “The honorable thing to do” would be to drop the case. Trump even insisted that if James dropped the case, it would “show real strength and courage by the A.G.!”
We’re tempted to say that Donald Trump has reached the bargaining stage of the grief cycle. He’s now trying to convince investigators that it would somehow make them look good if they decide to go easy on him – a bizarre approach, given how ineffective it’s guaranteed to be. But desperate people resort to desperate strategies, and those strategies rarely make any strategic sense or have any chance of working.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report