And it worked out just as well for them this time as it has for the last year or more, too. Only this time, the Deep State, in the form of the CIA, was fully involved. Bill has the best quick-and-dirty summary out there:
So, the Deep State and its allies in the NeverTrump and Leftist media went to war with President Trump a few days ago, by releasing a pack of lies masquerading as news, and then playing it up for all it was worth (to them) – intrinsically, however, it was worthless.
This attack on Trump mirrors another attack launched at the last minute on George W. Bush – in this case, records of his drunk driving conviction were leaked in order to aid Al Gore’s campaign. Bush survived that one, barely, but it was an example of the sort of tried and true methods the left and its Deep State allies have always used, generally successfully.
That ended yesterday, I expect.
Let’s go to the tape:
1. An extremely weird cabal of NeverTrumptard Senator John “Senile” McCain, Rick “Bottom Feeder” Wilson, some Brit Clinton oppo figure, and various Deep State unknowns in the intel “community” (community is another name for “gang,” in this case), conspired to create, float, and transmit a pack of lies about Donald Trump hiring prostitutes to piss in a bed the Obamas had once slept in, because Trump hated Obama so much. Also, that one of his chief lieutenants had been involved in some sort of corrupt shenanigans several years ago in Prague, which laid Trump open to Russian blackmail.
2. Once this story floated to the surface like a bouyant turdball, pushed up by a “pile of garbage” leftwing blog called Buzzfeed, a host of “legitimate” news cites like CNN, NYT, WaPo, and many others spouted thousands of words and dozens of column inches giving it heavy publicity. Some tried to cover themselves by claiming that while none of this had been actually verified, it was still worth covering because they weren’t covering it, they were covering Buzzfeed‘s coverage of it.
3. The media was looking forward in slavering anticipation to Trump’s upcoming presser, and stoked the frenzy even higher. Now, at last, they had the means to finally slay the Trump monster. They would hammer him with dozens of questions about this fake scandal, and reduce him to quivering jelly. Their lead paladin, apparently, would be CNN’s White House reporter Jim Acosta.
4. Trump crushed them.
He sure did—completely enough that the miserable worm Clapper felt obliged to release a groveling statement expressing his “profound dismay” at the attempt, and putting in a phone call to the God Emperor which I can easily and happily imagine the tenor of. The DC swamp needs draining way worse than some of us might have thought, and it’s a really, really big swamp, especially fetid and noxious. But, as Bill says:
The terror in evidence was palpable.
Now, today, the smear campaign against Trump lies in smoking ruins, destroyed by nuclear-level pushback from Trump himself.
This fiasco will rapidly fall down the media memory hole, but a part of it will be permanently imprinted on the press’ DNA: Don’t fuck with Trump. He bites back – hard.
Actually, I’d have to quibble with the idea that they learned anything at all from it. Why would they? They demonstrably haven’t learned a damned thing in nearly two years of this. And you can be assured that next week, they’ll be back with another desperate and feeble “OHHH, we REALLY got him now!” attempt at undermining him.
They’ve been coming out with this risible twaddle at the rate of about one every ten days or so, and every last one of them has blown up in their faces. Hey, anybody remember all those women supposedly “groped” and “assaulted” by Trump they were so merrily trotting out a few months back? Anybody heard anything from any of them lately? Even one of ’em?
Truth is, anybody who thought that getting us off the hot rails to liberal hell was going to be anything less than a full-time, all-out war was kidding themselves. They’ll be back, again and again and again. And every time they do, they’ll accomplish nothing more than solidifying Trump’s base of support, and guaranteeing their own humiliation and defeat. They will learn nothing from any of it. They seem incapable of it.
Now, you CF lifers may recollect a few years back when we had a pretty severe and ongoing dustup with Glenn Greenwald over…I don’t even remember what now. So hold onto your hats while I quote him, and admit that his take is pretty much right on the money, aside from the routine and facile slaps at Trump:
FOR MONTHS, THE CIA, with unprecedented clarity, overtly threw its weight behind Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and sought to defeat Donald Trump. In August, former acting CIA Director Michael Morell announced his endorsement of Clinton in the New York Times and claimed that “Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” The CIA and NSA director under George W. Bush, Gen. Michael Hayden, also endorsed Clinton and went to the Washington Post to warn, in the week before the election, that “Donald Trump really does sound a lot like Vladimir Putin,” adding that Trump is “the useful fool, some naif, manipulated by Moscow, secretly held in contempt, but whose blind support is happily accepted and exploited.”
It is not hard to understand why the CIA preferred Clinton over Trump. Clinton was critical of Obama for restraining the CIA’s proxy war in Syria and was eager to expand that war, while Trump denounced it. Clinton clearly wanted a harder line than Obama took against the CIA’s long-standing foes in Moscow, while Trump wanted improved relations and greater cooperation. In general, Clinton defended and intended to extend the decades long international military order on which the CIA and Pentagon’s preeminence depends, while Trump — through a still-uncertain mix of instability and extremist conviction — posed a threat to it.
Whatever one’s views are on those debates, it is the democratic framework — the presidential election, the confirmation process, congressional leaders, judicial proceedings, citizen activism and protest, civil disobedience — that should determine how they are resolved. All of those policy disputes were debated out in the open; the public heard them; and Trump won. Nobody should crave the rule of Deep State overlords.
Yet craving Deep State rule is exactly what prominent Democratic operatives and media figures are doing.
Well, hey, as long as it’s their Deep State coup, what the heck. Right, guys?
Greenwald has more of the nuts and bolts of this pitifully inept smear job, as does Sundance. But in the end, the takeaway remains this: there are two things you can take to the bank, two assumptions that are always safe and will wind up justified. One: whenever somebody shoots up a mall or airport, blows up a building, or drives a truck into a crowded city street during a major public gathering, it’s going to be a Muslim behind it, upon which “discovery” the media will drop the whole story like a hot rock, never to mention it again, and Two: whenever you hear of another supposed “troubling” “scandal” involving Trump, it’s either going to be a big pile of nothing, or an outright lie, and will be exposed as such toot fucking sweet—whereupon Trump will lambast the Lying Media as they deserve, the libtards will wring their hands about “unprecedented” attacks on “honest journalists” and the First Amendment, and the rest of the country will stand up and cheer. I’ll let Rush lay that bit out for ya:
So the media has become accustomed to this technique of taking out political opponents with bilge like this working. But again they don’t know what they’re up against with Donald Trump. They think that the techniques that they’ve used for decades to destroy political opponents are gonna work on Trump, and they just don’t understand why they don’t work. They don’t understand the connection Trump’s voters have with him. They don’t understand connection of Trump’s supporters. They don’t believe that Trump actually won the election.
They’re living in a really deluded place, and they’re totally unhinged. So it was finally exposed to be fraudulent, and all these media people began to back off. Oh, by the way, Neil Cavuto had a brilliant point yesterday. Neil Cavuto of the Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. Cavuto said… I’m paraphrasing, but he essentially… I’m paraphrasing. He essentially said to the media, “Hey, media, what’s it feel like to be attacked by a president? Hey, media, you never defended us at Fox when Obama came after us or Rush Limbaugh for the last eight years,” and he’s gotta great point.
Whenever Obama would trash Fox or trash me and talk radio, the Drive-Bys didn’t act like there was anything wrong. In fact, many of them piled on Fox News along with Obama. So now here’s Trump, and he’s not just trashing the media for the sake of it like Obama trashed Fox News; he’s trashing the media because they’re a bunch of frauds! He’s trashing the media because they are engaging in fake news and he’s calling ’em out on it! So Cavuto’s point was, “Hey, media, you never came to our defense when Obama was attacking us. So go sit in it. Find out what it’s like.
“You’re acting like this has never happened before. You’re acting like this is beyond the pale. Your buddy Obama spent eight years doing this kind of stuff to Fox News and to talk radio and to Rush Limbaugh, and you haven’t said a word in support. Now when Trump comes after you, you’re acting like all kinds of societal norms and traditions are being blown up.” Cavuto is exactly right about this. It’s such a good point that I wish I had thought of it.
They only have the one playbook. It’s out of date and no longer effective, and they don’t even realize it; they’re still trying to run a single-wing against a prevent defense, and now they’re being made to look very Pop Warner-league indeed. And that’s a good thing.
Three famous quotes from Wellington apply quite nicely here: “Publish and be damned.” “Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.” And: “They came at us in the same old way, and we defeated them in the same old way.” That last one’s from Waterloo; there’s a lesson in there for the Napoleon media, but they will assuredly learn it only when they must…if ever.