by Morton Levitt:
The new year had barely emerged when we were caught up in the latest leftist plot to yet again raise doubts about the Trump Presidency. This time it is clear that our friends on the left put a lot of time and effort – and money – into a wall-concocted scheme pursuant to their never-ending fantasy of bringing down the President. Will it work, or has this latest effort finally exposed the malicious undercurrent of hatred for what it is – a desperate effort to assuage the paranoia of a group of cry babies who just can’t get over that their candidate lost and Trump won?
On the face of it, the allegations raised in the book are so outrageous that even many members of the opposition are scratching their heads. The author himself is not a newcomer to this scandalous smear campaign strategy. Watching his interviews over the past days, it is clear that his common theme is equivocation.
He doesn’t answer a single question directly; he dances around the queries and – like any good con man, he obfuscates the dialogue with platitudes and half-answers. Make no mistake about it, this latest bombshell was well-planned, well-funded, and well-conceived . It was almost too good – and there lies the rub. Like a Hollywood script for an action drama, the actor’s lines are predictable and pedestrian. After a while, the audience hits a stone wall of disbelief.
Let’s look at some of the more outrageous allegations. The author would have us believe that the entire Trump family thinks their patriarch is a loon. Right, and if you believe that, I have some land I would sell you in the Everglades. The Trump family is smart, politically savvy, and quite used to being in the spotlight. Even if they weren’t aware they were being formally interviewed, there is no way they would go on the record with salacious comments about the new President. The author can claim all he wants that he has “notes and recordings” of these comments. I’d like to hear them. I bet you’re not going to hear a single recording of Ivanka, Jared, Trump, Jr., or any other family member trashing the Donald. For one thing, you can’t record someone unless they give permission, and if they didn’t give permission, it is a criminal act to do so.
As for the “notes,” I wouldn’t believe the paper they’re printed on. Sure, if the author interviewed staff members and sat in on a number of staff meetings over the course of months – anybody could string together a dialogue from multiple venues, taken out of context, and assembling them into a purported “quote.” It’s the oldest journalistic trick in the books. We see it every day, employed by our friends on the left, to convince us of such things that the world is flat, armgeddon is just around the corner, or “climate change” (I.e., CO2 emissions) is really responsible for floods, blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes, and “global warming.”
Come on, guys, do you really think we’re buying this? The problem is that the left is so obsessed with taking down Trump that they fabricate stories on a daily basis just to keep us Trumpers reeling on our heels, and they are relentless in their Machiavellian ways. But this time they have gone too far.
When a fabrication is so outrageous and unbelievable that even the members of the cabal are doubting, the jig is up. If I were running the White House Communications office, I wouldn’t grace this latest leftist plot with one more statement. Of course, it is easy for me to say – my family isn’t being attacked and ridiculed. We know our President doesn’t cotton well to smears against his family. It’s hard to ignore. But sometimes, you have to turn the other cheek and move on.
This, too, will be yesterday’s news. But this time, doubt will begin to creep into even the most loyal anti-Trumpers, and their credibility rating will begin to erode. Slowly but surely, it will decline. Sure, Michael Wolff will make his millions, but it is only a fleeting moment of fame. His career as a journalist and TV celebrity is over. Another career up in smoke for a momentary short term gain. There is nothing as old as yesterday’s news.