On Monday morning Donald Trump seemingly tipped off that he expects impending legal trouble in New York, when he preemptively ripped into the state’s Governor and Attorney General. What’s remarkable is that when it was all said and done, Trump didn’t just reveal that he thinks he’s in trouble – he revealed that he doesn’t even know who these people are or how any of this works.
We’ll spare you the entirety of Donald Trump’s lengthy Twitter rant about the matter, but he started it off like this: “It is very hard and expensive to live in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his Attorney General as a bludgeoning tool for his own purposes.” From there he never did mention the name of New York Attorney General Tish James; she helpfully replied and spelled it out for him. But Trump also gave away that he thinks the New York AG works for the Governor.
There are a few states where the Governor handpicks the state’s Attorney General. But New York isn’t one of them. Considering that Donald Trump spent seventy years living in New York, where the Attorney General was on the ballot every time he went to vote, you’d think Trump would know this. When you throw in the number of times that various New York Attorneys General have taken legal action over the years, you’d think that Trump would know this better than anyone.
But that’s not how Donald Trump operates. The guy has never done his homework. He never knows what he’s talking about. When he wins, it’s through sheer brute force, or through sheer force of evil – and never because he’s prepared himself for the battles he’s fighting. That means there’s good reason to expect that Trump will lose whatever battle he thinks he’s about to fight against the State of New York, where he doesn’t even know who the Attorney General is, or how the Attorney General takes office.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report