If this judge were trying to help Trump, she’d have issued a more subtle and grounded pro-Trump ruling that the appeals court might have been more hesitant to overrule. Instead she gave Trump precisely what he wanted, even though it won’t help him. We’ve seen this pattern with Trump and his sycophants a lot over the years.
Trump has once again been betrayed by his own narcissistic belief that he’s so much smarter than everyone else, he doesn’t need to learn how things actually work. This judge could have actually helped Trump a little, with a less severe ruling in his favor. Trump didn’t let her.
Trump demanded that Bill Barr put someone in place to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, so Barr did it, knowing it wouldn’t accomplish anything. Sure enough, the Durham probe did nothing to help Trump at all, before or after Trump let office, and is now reportedly set to quietly dissolve in the coming weeks.
Now here we are again, in a similar situation, with this judge. Given the embarrassing absurdity of her ruling, it’s obvious Trump could have gotten the judge to do anything at all. So he cluelessly had her do this. Trump might as well have had her rule that Merrick Garland is a porcupine. It would have had roughly the amount of impact.
If Donald Trump were willing to surround himself with competent people – even corruptly competent people – his life might not be in such tatters right now. But for all the effort Trump makes at identifying corruptible people and compromising them, he never can be bothered to listen to people who could explain to him how he could use the to his actual advantage. Instead he’s going to the trouble of appointing a compromised judge, and forcing her to ruin herself, all for a gibberish ruling that won’t last five minutes.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report