You may as well dub Donald Trump as “Mr. Enemy of the People” considering how many times he has repeated that phrase in reference to the free press. Trump’s repetitive usage of the phrase is particularly egregious considering how Trump strategically used the National Enquirer, a well-known American tabloid, to “catch and hold” stories that would have marred his image, even though the stories were true.
Apparently, the National Enquirer valued the greater glory of Donald Trump more than the profit it would have made by publishing the stories of his alleged affairs. More importantly, it valued its connection to Trump more than it valued following the law, meaning it was knowingly working with Trump to defraud the public in order to get him elected. The Enquirer may put out stories that rot your brain, but AMI, the rag’s parent company, and its boss David Pecker, are no dummies. They are now fully cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation into campaign finance fraud.
The effect of the National Enquirer’s cooperation with Donald Trump’s political agenda cannot be understated. David Pecker feloniously conspired with Trump and Michael Cohen to shape public perception in a way that made Donald Trump a hero instead of a dilettante. They killed the negative, likely true, stories about Donald Trump, and they flooded the markets with outlandish stories about key Democratic figures, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, that were completely false.
Everyone involved betrayed their readers and they betrayed the institution of our government and the premises behind it, which are free and fair elections. What is this, Russia? Funny that Trump’s plan of attack using tabloid smear stories is very reminiscent of GRU tactics, which of course is Russian intelligence.