Donald Trump is very very weirded out by the fact that there is a conversation about his midnight run to Walter Reed being due to his having suffered a stroke. The Trump campaign has set out to crucify analyst Joe Lockhart, and all he did was ask a question on Twitter.
@RonnyJackson4TX if you read the tweet you’ll see I asked a question based on an unannounced trip to the hospital and the VP bring out on notice. No reporting just a question. Your reaction suggests a lot of defensiveness on your part
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) September 1, 2020
It’s an understatement to say that Trump world is defensive. Here’s the campaign statement demanding that Lockhart be fired. Wow. Now the dictator is silencing dissidents for even speaking of subjects which are taboo.
"If another CNN employee said similar things about Barack Obama they’d be fired immediately." pic.twitter.com/4VGzhc4Xmo
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) September 1, 2020
The story is that Michael Schmidt of the New York Times is releasing a book, which claims that Mike Pence was put on standby when Trump went to Walter Reed last fall. There is NO comment in reviews of Schmidt’s books so far that says anything about Trump having a stroke. The comment about the mini-strokes comes from writer Don Winslow.
One of the benefits of making videos that garner 5 million+ views is that you hear from a lot of people, including whistleblowers inside Trump administration.
I've received three communications saying that during his term Trump has suffered a "series" of "mini-strokes."
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) August 1, 2020
Trump can’t ask for Winslow to be fired, because he doesn’t work for anybody. He writes books and makes films.
Now, the question being asked, is whether Trump isn’t in fact outing himself by going bonkers over this issue. To recapitulate: 1. Michael Schmidt didn’t say Trump had a stroke; 2. Joe Lockhart merely asked; 3. Don Winslow said that he had heard about the stroke. But Winslow is not working for a media outlet or publishing the information as news. So, who is “they?”
It never ends! Now they are trying to say that your favorite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a series of mini-strokes. Never happened to THIS candidate – FAKE NEWS. Perhaps they are referring to another candidate from another Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2020
Winslow made the comment August 1, and it wasn’t until August 31 that Trump apparently got wind of it — perhaps in conjunction with the review of Schmidt’s book, because that’s when it got retweeted a lot. Bottom line, no news outlet, fake or otherwise, is claiming that Trump had a stroke. A mystery thriller writer with a large following is saying he was told that. So, it’s hearsay on Twitter, and that’s nothing new. But something put a burr under Trump’s saddle and now the Trump campaign wants Joe Lockhart to be the sacrificial lamb, for asking a question. Another day, another lesson straight out of Fascism 101. The takeaway from this is that a raw nerve was hit and Trump world is out for blood and to make an example out of somebody.
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