When Mick Mulvaney was shipped off to Ireland to be special envoy, after he got canned as Trump’s chief of staff, I made the remark, “There are plenty of dumb micks in Ireland. They don’t need the one named Mulvaney.” I now stand by that statement, amplified ten fold. Mulvaney did an interview on Irish […]
I can’t wait until the Irish Times weighs in on this one, as they assuredly will. On Friday night Donald Trump fired Mick Mulvaney, who had been his acting chief of staff for a little over eleven months. That’s five months longer than Reince Priebus and five months less than John Kelly. Now in comes Mark Meadows to be Trump chief of staff number four, while Mulvaney ships out to become the U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, a post which is so crucial it has sat unfilled for the past three years. The position of Special Envoy was an idea that Bill Clinton had in order to resolve The Troubles in Northern Ireland. What I’m sure the Irish have already figured out, or they will when they wake up tomorrow and find out that Mulvaney is coming, is that their troubles have only just begun. Mulvaney will be as successful in the role of top diplomat as Oliver Cromwell was as public relations director back in the day. There are plenty of dumb micks messing up life in Northern Ireland and they don’t need the one named Mulvaney, but Donald Trump has spoken and that’s that. New York Times: Mr. Trump’s decision to push out Mr. Mulvaney came as the president confronted a coronavirus outbreak that has unsettled much of the country, threatened the economy and posed a new challenge to his re-election campaign. But the decision was seen as a long-delayed move cleaning up in the aftermath of the Senate impeachment trial as he shuffles his inner circle for the eight-month sprint to Election Day. […] The replacement was widely seen in the West Wing as a chance for the president to reinvigorate his staff, over which Mr. Mulvaney was seen as losing control. In Mr. Meadows, Mr. Trump will have an ally whom he has treated as a confidant and a bellwether of congressional conservatives for much of his term. Mr. Meadows takes over as Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, returns on Monday in a new role working for Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. The truth of the matter is that there is no chief of staff other than Jared and that’s always been the case. Mulvaney had Trump’s number in 2016 when he called him “a terrible human being.” He should have stayed with that opinion, he’d have saved himself a lot of grief. Let’s wish Mulvaney much happiness in his promotion to the Night Watch. It is cold at that latitude, take a warm coat.
The central tenet of the entire Trump playbook is that if you don’t like a piece of news, it’s fake. Of all the topics that Trump has ever been reported on in relationship to, he and his minions really don’t like the coronavirus public health crisis. They don’t like it one little bit. Speaking at CPAC, Mick Mulvaney made it clear that the problem here is not so much the virus, itself, only the way the press is handling coverage of it. The Hill: He also accused the press of peddling a false narrative about the administration “scrambling” to contain the virus, saying he briefed Congress with other top health officials six weeks ago. He accused the media of ignoring the coronavirus until now because publications were too preoccupied with Trump’s impeachment before that, which he called a “hoax.” “Why didn’t you hear about it?” Mulvaney told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday morning in a discussion with Stephen Moore, an economic expert at the Heritage Foundation. “The press was covering their hoax of the day because they thought it would bring down the president.” Mulvaney claimed that the press is only covering the virus now because they believe doing so will “take down the president.” “Is it real? It absolutely is real,” Mulvaney said. “But you saw the president the other day — the flu is real.” “Are you going to see some schools shut down? Probably. May you see impacts on public transportation? Sure,” Mulvaney said, adding, “We know how to handle this.” And this dovetails beautifully with Don Jr. ranting on Fox News that Democrats hope the coronavirus “comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump’s streak of winning.” So there you have it, it’s all the fault of the media and the Democrats, nothing new to see here, move along. This is knee jerk Trumpworld flailing reaction. But what is noteworthy, is that the fear level is palpable. Don Jr., Mulvaney, and the rest of them know that they have a volatile situation here and they are clueless about what to do about it. Nobody believes Trump’s assertions that everything is just fine. And as the stock market continues to crater, Trump’s toadies realize that they better do some damage control and stat — and they don’t have a clue about that either. Only one thing is certain: Trump’s Wednesday fireside chat with the nation didn’t do squat to allay fears, all it did was prove up how clueless Trump really is.
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