Like the world’s worst poker player, Donald Trump has a “tell” that can be read from a mile away. Whenever a major news outlet is about to publish a big story about his Trump-Russia scandal, and it asks him to comment for the story just before publication, he tries to create a controversial distraction on Twitter so the news cycle will have to split its attention. When a huge bombshell is about to land, Trump really tips his hand – and he just did.
Donald Trump posted nearly two dozen tweets and retweets yesterday, in a sign that he knew something was coming. He frantically retweeted his propaganda allies like Drudge and Hannity, as if to pump himself up. He tweeted something incoherent about a “fire extinguisher” and credited it to Fox News. He spent the day hitting all his usual low notes. Then, just before midnight eastern time, I went back to study his tweets for the day, to see if there was anything I could learn from the slop pile. While I was trying to decipher them, yet another one popped up – and there it was.
Trump decided it would be a good idea to tweet this: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” It had a little bit of everything, really. Whenever Trump is trying to create his very biggest distractions, he usually does it by picking fights with famous black people. This time he attacked two famous black people in the same tweet. It also had Twitter users up half the night debating whether Trump was referring to “Michael Jordan” or perhaps he has a new imaginary friend named “Mike.” So what does this have to do with Trump-Russia? Everything.
Donald Trump just tipped off that he knows the mother of all Trump-Russia bombshells is about to land. Based on how this usually plays out, the story should surface in the next day or two. One possible hint is that, hours before Trump’s LeBron meltdown, we learned that Russian operative Maria Butina confessed her connections to the Trump campaign. So maybe this impending bombshell is based on that storyline, or maybe it’s something else. But when Trump starts trying to feud with black athletes, it’s always because he’s just gotten the worst of news about his scandals.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report