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My interpretation of a potential intelligence briefing with Donald Trump as President (based off of the news reports that have him stating that U.S. Intelligence isn’t worth anything):
Trump: So, today’s intel. I don’t trust you guys, just so you know. And nobody has trust issues like me, believe me. So what do you have for me.
Briefing Officer #1: Well, there’s a situation in Damascas.
Trump: Damascus. Damascus. Why does that seem familiar?
Briefing Officer #1: Its –
Trump: I got it! I got it! It’s Congress.
Briefing Officer #1: Er…
Briefing Officer #2: No, Mister President, it’s –
Trump: Congress. That damnable Congress. Dem ask us for money all the time.
Briefing Officer #2: We don’t do intelligence reports on Congress, sir.
Trump: I would imagine not. Not much intelligence there to gather. And I know about lack of intelligence. Nobody lacks intelligence better than me.
Briefing Officer #1: Maybe we should try another report.
Trump: Go ahead. Make it brief.
Briefing Officer #2: It is a brief.
Trump: Brief what?
Briefing Officer #2: You, sir.
Trump: I’m not brief. I’m long-winded.
Briefing Officer #1: Back on track here, sir. The next report we have is about Turkey.
Trump: Turkey!! I like turkey. Not as good as Trump Steaks, but yummy all the same. Now that I think about it, and nobody thinks like I do, I could really use a sandwich. A nice Turkey sandwich. With Dijon mustard. Not that French’s stuff, because I don’t like the French.
Donald Trump: I have a purple heart now. A purple heart, let me tell you, a purple heart is an amazing thing to have. So amazing. And I already have a heart that’s red and blue, with white blood cells. Little tiny white cells. So, so tiny. What do you get when you mix red and blue? I’m not really sure, and let me tell you I have the absolute best, most amazing not sures. Better than anybody else’s. But now I have this purple heart. This wonderful heart that a veteran gave me. He gave it to me because he thinks I deserve to have it. And let me tell you, nobody deserves this heart of purple more than I do. After that vicious, vicious attack, and I know vicious because nobody knows vicious like I do, but after that vicious attack at the dee en cee last week, I definitely am wounded. I feel it right here (points to arm), right where I got dragged through the mud by that Crooked Hillary, trademark pending so don’t try and use that if you’re not me, and nobody is me like I am. I mean I am me and we are me and we are all together, right now. Belittle me if you’d like for this heart that I earned, and I did earn his heart, his big heart of purple. And nobody knows purple like I do. I do purple like no one. Just ask Barney. Frankly, I like this heart. Heart me all you want, people of this soon to be great again America. And for those of you who do like me, ask yourselves, do you really want to heart me?
(original version appears on Facebook)
When you allow the press to follow you, to watch you, to write about you, you’re allowing them to address both good and bad about you. It allows people to see some semblance of balance through different perspectives. It’s really that simple. Therefore, the more you keep people from something, the more they think you’re trying to hide something.
The above is an unfortunate truth for people who, by all accounts, prefer not to have their private life public, i.e. Hillary Clinton. As much as I dislike Donald Trump, he’s only hurting himself when it comes to campaigning. Which in turn is also hurting those people he purportedly represents. When people can’t have others judge your public presentation from different angles, they’re only left with what they themselves subscribe to … that you are in some way hiding something, and in this current atmosphere of politics it only equates to toxic. Then an agenda develops. Or can appear to.
Hillary Clinton and her campaign team seem to get this notion. I’ve heard a lot recently, and over the years, that she’s a very different person privately, and has been in the public eye for a very long time. What I saw during her DNC speech was someone not only admitting this (which she pretty much literally did), but is addressing it. Her first interview was with FOX News.
On the other had, it appears that Donald Trump doesn’t get this. He goes his own way, which is commendable in some ways, but he’s gone beyond doubling down — he’s like septupled down. It’s embarrassing to see a someone running for *any* political office behave this way. He complains about having “three or four articles a day” written about him – in a single newspaper alone – but then continues to throw lighter fluid over everything for that moment where he just might become T-Bird from The Crow (“Fire it up!! Fire it up!!”). And at some point it’s going to happen. (It could be pointed out that he’s already setting this up by declaring that the election is going to be rigged.)
Any person with a modicum of intelligence knows the adage “no news is good news.” The problem with that is that it is inherently not true. If you don’t hear anything, it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. It just means you don’t know about it. And in this political climate, not knowing something is almost dangerous.
For Donald Trump to keep threatening the press, to keep blocking them simply because he doesn’t like what they’re saying, how long will it be before he decides that press conferences with video feeds won’t be allowed anymore since they’re bound to catch something he doesn’t like?
This kind of behaviour on any level of campaigning, most of all for the office of the President of the United States, should be completely and utterly condemned. If you’ve done something wrong or said something wrong and it comes out, take your lumps and move on the appropriate path.