January 3, 2018

This Bannon vs. Trump war is staged

I'm looking forward to the day when Steve Bannon says he was clearly wrong.  But I'm pretty sure he already knows it.  His recent claims are designed, brilliantly  to sell books.
Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.

Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year.
This is staged media designed to grab headlines, designed to create a media firestorm, to keep Bannon's name and president Trump in the headlines, in order to sell books.

How do I know this? It's not the first time I've thought that a presidential flame war was deliberately staged. 
Is it just me or is this just a little too pat? Trump and Schwarzenneger in a flame war? On video in both cases? I like both men but I think this is something designed to boost the ratings of The Apprentice. That's just my opinion but it's a bit convenient that Trump mentioned it today.
There's no downside to doing this. The Mueller investigation is not going to turn on a Bannon musing, and that's all this really is. Bannon has no new proof to back his claims. He knows it. But a Trump-Bannon flame war raises both profiles until Mueller comes up empty and Bannon then eats crow. Then he can also soften his anti-establishment vitriol and allow Republicans to come together just before the 2018 midterm elections. It'll leave CNN with egg on their face again, and help usher in a Wave election for 2018 - for the Republicans, given a robust economy chugging along.

Oscar Wilde, was right. It's been extended to the notion that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Bannon and Trump know this all too well.

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