Salon referred to Trump’s former national security spokesman Michael Anton as the “Dystopian Prophet” and the “leading intellectual of the Trump revolution” for his ridiculous, over-the-top essay comparing the Trump movement to the heroes of Flight 93:
2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.
Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain. To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto.
His essay was circulated widely in conservative circles, and is credited for pushing many skeptics into Trump’s camp. Anton has been a lapdog for Trump ever since.
CNN’s Erin Burnett had him scheduled to appear on her show to provide Trump’s defense of his performance in Helsinki, Finland. In case you missed it, in just one day: an American journalist was forcibly removed; Trump blamed the US for our problems with Russia; Trump threw every US intelligence agency under the bus; Trump explicitly refused to denounce the Russian attack on our elections; and groveled to Putin so much that even Fox News had enough.
To give you another idea of how bad it was for us, the Russians LOVED the #TreasonSummit:
We agree https://t.co/7l087Qwmj3
Ã¢ÂÂ MFA Russia Ã°ÂÂÂ·Ã°ÂÂÂº (@mfa_russia) July 16, 2018
Lavrov, asked how the summit went, responds:
"Fabulous…better than super." https://t.co/Ah7IbiWit0
— Anton Troianovski (@antontroian) July 16, 2018
This summit followed a week of Trump insulting Germany, threatening to dismantle NATO, insulting the British prime minister, and fist-bumping the Turkish dictator Erdogan after telling him he “does things the right way”.
Yet Michael Anton could always be counted on to give a full-throated defense of the Donald, or so we thought. Today, he just couldn’t do it. Really, what was he supposed to say?
Erin Burnett explained on her show:
“He was scheduled to be on the show, and he’s not on because he said he’s not going to defend what [Trump] did today,” Burnett said.
The Michael Anton who went to the WH, left, and is headed for a cushy job at the Kirby Center and now can't bring himself to defend the president he demanded good Republicans elect. -finis-
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 16, 2018
CNN analyst John Avlon told Burnett, “You can’t defend the indefensible. And today was indefensible.”
Anton wasn’t the only Trump supporter who couldn’t stomach this:
Look, I'm no big deal, but today is the final straw for me. I will never support Trump again. If that makes me a NeverTrumper, so be it.
I am a tea party conservative, that will never change. But Trump was a traitor to this country today. That must not be accepted.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 16, 2018
Press reaction to Trump is often overblown and hysterical. Not today. It was definitely warranted. https://t.co/sGoGqfPO26
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) July 17, 2018
So that was a disgrace. With that said, the real question is how seriously Putin takes Trump's verbiage. My guess: not very. This is the chief benefit of a White House that often runs independent of the president.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 16, 2018
"My people came to me…they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be."
That's how a press conference sounds when an Asset stands next to his Handler.
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) July 16, 2018
Putin is completely in command of this situation. He’s basically told Trump to go piss up a rope about the GRU guys. (“You want investigations? Sure. I’ll look into it. Give me Bill Browder.”) Trump, meanwhile, is babbling “no collusion.”
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 16, 2018
Man, I really miss this guy…