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Opinion: The tactics of a child president

November 19, 2017

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Call it the politics of “I know you are, but what am I?”

It is a form of “reasoning” that could not be more puerile, infantile, juvenile. So it very much appeals to Donald Trump.

You got an example in last year’s final presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton called him a “puppet” of Russian president Vladimir Putin. “No puppet,” snapped Trump. “No puppet. You’re the puppet. No, you’re the puppet.”

That exchange illustrated the degree to which a (then) 70-year-old man can be indistinguishable in temperament from a 7-year-old boy while also showcasing Trump’s reflexive instinct to turn every jab back against his opponent. It takes a rather testicular temerity to accuse someone else of your own sins, but that’s what Trump does.

Indeed, as seen in the 2016 campaign, it’s his go-to move. Trump, the favored candidate of David Duke, challenged Hillary Clinton to address her “racist” 2008 campaign. Trump, king of the ad hominem insult, complained of opponents being “nasty” and “angry” toward him. Trump, who bragged about being a grabber of pudenda, condemned Bill Clinton’s abuse of women. And so on.

Once you get that this is his favorite tactic, you get why last week’s announcement that the Justice Department is considering a special counsel to look into Clinton’s supposed collusion with Russia was predestined.

After all, Trump has long chafed at the fact that his campaign is under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for allegedly conniving with Putin’s regime as it interfered in the 2016 election. And the drip-drip of the headlines can only have added to his discomfort, what with reports of frequent, friendly contact between his people and the Russians and the indictments of three former aides (two for alleged money laundering unconnected to the campaign).

In response, Trump has repeatedly invoked Clinton’s supposed crimes and chided his Justice Department for failure to investigate them. So last week’s news reads, unavoidably, as an attempt by beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to save his job by giving his boss what he wants. Not incidentally, it also reads as a troubling attempt to turn Justice into a political missile, a weapon to punish Trump’s enemies.

You see, there’s no obvious crime here. The allegation is that Clinton, as secretary of state, approved a deal for a Russian firm to purchase shares in Uranium One, a Canadian mining company with operations in the United States, in exchange for a more than $140 million donation to the Clinton Foundation.

But Clinton didn’t green light the deal; she had no power to do so. Rather, it was approved unanimously by a nine-agency committee of which State was a member. As for the supposed quid pro quo, the vast majority of the money — over $130 million — came from a single Uranium One investor. He says he had no connection to the company at the time, having sold his shares 18 months before Clinton even took office.

What we apparently have here, then, is another “nothing burger” in the mold of Whitewater and Benghazi — not to mention superfluous proof of Trump’s juvenility. The man who said, “No puppet — you’re the puppet” now desperately wants to say, “I didn’t collude, you colluded.” In other words, he wants to distract and deflect.

But the evidence of Team Trump’s plotting with Russia grows more alarming with each headline. I, for one, refuse to allow baseless accusations about Hillary Clinton to make me lose sight of that. Or, to put that in terms the child president might better understand:

She’s rubber, he’s glue.

— Leonard Pitts is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald.

Comments

Bob Summers 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Speaking of behaving like a child, Pitts Liberal privilege trying to culturally appropriate hard workers like Trump is amusing at best.

But, Pitts is a bitter clinger. This is how they behave.

Cait McKnelly 3 weeks, 6 days ago

It's amusing to me to see a snowflake Trump supporter trying to justify him.You shouldn't be trying to use big words like "cultural appropriation". You might accidentally hurt yourself, which you did, because in using them, you have exposed yourself to be the racist you are by accusing a black man of trying to appropriate white culture.

Bob Summers 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Like Swiss clock work.

Another one with Liberal privilege trying to culturally appropriate.

There is no end to the amusement!

Oh. And that is Mr. Snowflake to you.

Carl Ellerd 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Hard to believe that anyone would attempt to defend what trump is doing or any of his wild tweets. trump is just a disgrace to our country and what it has always stood for.

Bob Summers 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Trump will need another 4 years to get the economy out of the ditch Bush and Obama drove it in.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 weeks, 6 days ago

"What we apparently have here, then, is another “nothing burger” in the mold of Whitewater and Benghazi "

But that won't stop the, from spending millions again to investigate nothing. And the Clinton Foundation is open about their money and what they do with it, unlike Trump's foundation. I don't think they have used any of it buy a portrait of themselves, like Trump did. And he makes donations with foundation money, then takes credit for the donation, even though he hasn't donated to his own foundation in years.

Gary Stussie 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Donations to the Clinton Foundation are in the tank. They dropped 50% immediately after she lost.when they realized their bucks would no longer buy influence.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 weeks, 5 days ago

That just shows you how the rich don't care a bit about poor people of the world; they just want power. But you keep on worshipping them as your idols. I'm sure they will throw you a crumb or two, if you put in 12 hour days working for them. Hey, and you can happily give away your tax deductions to make them even more rich. Something might trickle down. Won't be money though.

Steve King 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Google can be your friend Bob. It can prove you right and in this case, wrong. Bush put us in the recession, Obama pulled us out. Black and white. All sources agree. Almost 7 years of job growth. Why on earth do you post such easily reputed garbage? Do we witness the conservative condition?

At least you have a better vocabulary than the prez. He speaks like a 5th grader. Throws out grade school insults. Real smart guy. You lower your true intelligence in public perception defending him. Give it up before Muller's Christmas presents get delivered and you have to start eating crow. Be better than that. Quit trolling just to stir the pot. Believe me, the "Community" tires of it.

Gary Stussie 3 weeks, 5 days ago

I suspect you are going to be disappointed with Muller's Christmas present ... but the rest of us are going to be pleased with what the New Year has in store for the Clintons!

Josh Berg 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Is it me or is Pitts starting to sound like Richard Heckler? Trump, Trump, Trump. Same story, same nothingburger

Steve Hicks 3 weeks, 3 days ago

"It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME," Trump tweeted early Wednesday.

Leonard Pitts says Trump acts "...puerile, infantile, juvenile."

Pity the deluded followers of "Dear Leader," who loyally attack anyone who dares speak truth about their hero. Their hero undercuts them (again) when he himself shows what he truly is, by the next puerile, infantile, juvenile words he says, and says, and says, and...

There's a pattern here, followers: in your "Dear Leader's" character...and in his treatment of you. Wake up.

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