Former Trump White House attorney Ty Cobb, who’s named after a famous baseball player and looks like Wilfred Brimley, is somehow a real person. We know this if only because Cobb was once caught talking too loudly on the phone about his colleagues while sitting in a restaurant, without knowing that he was sitting next to a reporter. No really, this happened.
But for all the jokes we’d like to keep making about Ty Cobb, the reality is that for whatever reason, he was one of the very first people to go on cable news and outright admit that Donald Trump is going to prison. In a cable news industry where you’re seemingly not allowed to say that on any channel, for fear of getting in the way of all three networks’ ability to spend 2023 milking the “Trump 2024” narrative for ratings, Cobb was the one who actually had the guts to go on CNN and say it last month.
After Jack Smith met with Trump’s current attorneys on Monday, apparently to inform them that Trump is being criminally indicted under the Espionage Act, Trump didn’t seem to know who to blame. After several posts that were the social media equivalent of grunting noises, Trump ended up launching an attack against Ty Cobb of all people. Trump is even threatening to take legal action against Cobb.
Wait, is Trump under the impression that Ty Cobb is somehow the reason he’s being indicted? Is Trump so far gone that he thinks the DOJ decided to indict him for espionage because it saw a man with a mustache on television predicting that Trump would go to prison? Is that really where Trump is at these days?
This whole thing lends itself to so many jokes, but this part is serious. Donald Trump seems to think Ty Cobb’s CNN appearance is the reason the DOJ is now criminally indicting him. Yes, Trump is a desperate hopeless man whose life is falling apart, and people in that position often tend to pick an arbitrary scapegoat for their downfall. But Trump seriously seems to think that a prediction made on cable news is why he’s getting indicted. And if he’s that far gone, there’s no coming back. It’s not just that Trump is going to prison. It’s that there appears to be very little left of Trump to even lock up. Trump’s actions on his way to prison could end up being almost shockingly hallucinatory and vacant. In any case, Trump is finished even before he gets to prison.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report