Donald Trump has such a consistent habit of telegraphing that he knows a major bombshell scandal is about to hit the newswires, you can almost plan your week around it. Major news outlets ask Trump’s White House for comment just before publishing their biggest breakthrough stories about him, and he then feels clinically compelled to try to preemptively refute the story or create a bizarre bombastic distraction from it. On Saturday afternoon, Trump tipped off that he knows the mother of all bombshells is coming.
Trump kicked off his panic-fest by tweeting “Officials behind the now discredited “Dossier” plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it.” Suffice it to say that literally every word of that tweet is a lie (no one has taken the fifth and the dossier has been largely confirmed, not discredited). But here we have Trump bringing up the Pee Pee Tape dossier just so he can falsely discredit it. Why? His next tweets offered additional insight into what’s coming.
About an hour later, Trump tweeted “Keep hearing about “tiny” amount of money spent on Facebook ads. What about the billions of dollars of Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC & CBS?” So now Trump is resorting to bringing up the ads that Russia ran on Facebook in the name of helping him to rig the election in his favor, just to falsely refute it. Then a bit later, he added “Crooked Hillary Clinton spent hundreds of millions of dollars more on Presidential Election than I did. Facebook was on her side, not mine!”
So why is Donald Trump suddenly bringing up his Pee Pee Tape scandal, and his Facebook Russian ad scandal, just so he can shoot them both down? No one in the media was talking about either scandal on Saturday, until he brought them both up. There are only two possibilities here. Either a media bombshell is about to drop which connects those two scandals together – or something even bigger is about to land (perhaps about Niger), and Trump is resorting to using these existing scandals to try to distract from it. Either way, buckle up.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report