We’ve seen this pattern before. A major news outlet is about to publish a bombshell revelation in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, and it’s asked Trump’s White House for a response it can use in the story. Trump knows a bombshell is coming, and in an attempt at preemptively distracting from it he begins acting so frantically that he ends up unwittingly giving away what’s coming. He’s at it again.
Trump hadn’t posted anything to his Twitter account since his Alabama candidate Roy Moore lost (the most recent tweets were clearly from his staff), but something changed today. Suddenly Trump is tweeting garbage like a fool. First he tweeted this self congratulatory and delusional nonsense, not one word of which is true: “Remember, Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional Races this year. The media refuses to mention this. I said Gillespie and Moore would lose (for very different reasons), and they did. I also predicted “I” would win. Republicans will do well in 2018, very well!” But he was just getting started.
Trump then responded to today’s tragic Amtrak accident by tweeting about his imaginary infrastructure plan, without even mentioning the victims: “The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!” Later, his staff added another tweet about the victims. Then he began inaccurately bragging about the stock market. So what does this have to do with the Trump-Russia scandal?
Everything, based on Donald Trump’s history of behavior whenever he learns that a Trump-Russia bombshell is about to land. His behavior on Twitter today means that he knows something major is it about to hit the newswires within the next day or two. It always ends up being about Russia. Considering how over the top he’s behaving today, it must be a major one. Stay tuned.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report