Donald Trump made the wrong kind of headlines in the United States this morning after he falsely accused MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murdering a woman. Along the way he also retweeted several videos from a British white supremacist hate group, sparking worldwide backlash against him. In fact he was so far out of line, the governments of two key U.S. allies publicly slammed him for it, and they both pointed out the misleading nature of what he had retweeted.
Trump retweeted videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the Deputy Leader of Britain First, a white supremacist and arguably neo-Nazi group. This prompted British Prime Minister Theresa May to release the following statement: “It is wrong for the President to have done this. Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions.” (link). But the UK wasn’t the only U.S. ally slamming Trump today.
The government of the Netherlands used its U.S. Embassy account on Twitter to fire back Trump directly, correcting the false claims about the video: “Facts do matter. The perpetrator of the violent act in this video was born and raised in the Netherlands. He received and completed his sentence under Dutch law.” (link). Trump retweeted these videos the minute he woke up, suggesting that he’d planned it out the night before, in an attempt at creating a major distraction; the news of Matt Lauer’s firing didn’t break until later in the morning.
That leads to the question of just what Donald Trump is trying to distract us from. Thus far today there have been no major Trump-Russia developments to hit the newswires. However, Trump’s sudden desire to create a horrid distraction strongly suggests that he’s been tipped off about a major Trump-Russia bombshell that’s about to land – and he wants us to pay less attention to it when it lands.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report