There’s an infamous television ad which depicts one woman trying to “unfriend” another woman on Facebook, simply by announcing it to her face. In response, the other woman exclaims “That’s not it works. That’s not how any of this works!” The ad in question came to mind as I was reading the latest description of how Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get himself off the hook in his worsening criminal scandals.
Nevermind that Michael Cohen, who knows more about Donald Trump’s lifetime of crime than anyone else outside the Trump family, has been backed into the kind of corner which usually sees people cutting plea deals. Nevermind that three other key former advisers have already cut plea deals against Trump. Nevermind the mountain of evidence that’s going to put Trump on trial, and then in prison, once he’s ousted from office. Trump thinks this is all going to be decided in a different way.
Trump is now complaining to his handlers that he needs “better TV lawyers” to go out and defend him on cable news each day, according to a new report from the Washington Post. No, really. Trump has sunk so deeply into his Fox News fantasies that he truly believes he can dodge the several hundred year prison sentence he’s facing if he just manages to win over the cable news crowd.
Donald Trump has never faced criminal charges before. He’s spent his life waging and dodging lawsuits in civil court. It’s already clear that he has no concept of how criminal investigations work, or how to mount a competent defense for his inevitable criminal trial. Now it’s clear that he’s too far gone mentally to even understand that these things take place in court. He thinks his trial is being held on Fox News, and he’ll win if Rudy Giuliani yells loudly enough. That’s not how any of this works.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report