Donald Trump just can’t stay on message or on script. He simply can’t. This is his fatal flaw, and it undoubtedly is the one that keeps Mitch McConnell pacing the floor at night, pouring the Kentucky bourbon into the warm milk. If Trump would just STFU and let the big boys do the heavy lifting, everything would be just fine in GOP world.
Yesterday Bill Barr went to a great deal of trouble to create a P.R. stunt and stage a public rebuke of Donald Trump’s tweets. He went on ABC News and said that he “couldn’t do his job” at the DOJ, “with a background of commentary.” This was supposed to come across as Barr putting on his big boy pants and finally, at long last, ending his subservience to Trump, and standing up to him — except that nobody with two brain cells functioning believed it –certainly nobody smart.
Barr staged it and I’d bet with a heads up to the White House! https://t.co/tPn5MsK02i
— John Dean (@JohnWDean) February 14, 2020
Nevertheless, Trump had to have the last word, just like he has to have the two scoops of ice cream, while others have one. He has to assert his dominance — even when it’s to his detriment.
“The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.” A.G. Barr This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2020
What the Inbecile in Chief doesn’t get is that Bill Barr is trying his best to disguise the fact that the Justice Department is no longer the Justice Department, but rather a tool for Trump to prosecute his personal vendettas. It has a dual function of protecting Trump’s crooked allies, like Rudy Giuliani, who has a direct line to the department to feed his Ukraine dirt, even though he himself is under investigation by SDNY for alleged criminal activities, while simultaneously launching investigations into his enemies, such as James Comey. And there will be others, now that Trump is post-acquittal and feeling his godliness full force.
So, yes, Barr did tell the truth yesterday, in a cockeyed sort of way, that Trump’s tweets are hindering his ability to do his job, that’s correct — but the job he was talking about is the job of weaponizing the Justice Department and undermining the rule of law. Barr needs to work in darkness to do this, and Trump shooting off his mouth, yet again, is just shining a spotlight in the kitchen when Barr and the rest of the cockroaches are at their busiest. Trump really needs to STFU.