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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Daily Combover - May 10, 2017

Any tinpot dictator knows the secret to staying in power is to keep your atrocities secret. Be sure people know you're capable of feats of great evil to avoid being challenged, but never admit to wrongdoing. This is what I refer to as the Secret Rule of Despotism.

Many dictators also suffer from serious cases of narcissism which generally means they want to need to talk about themselves. But any successful dictator still adheres to the Secret Rule.

Fox News gets the Secret Rule: Lie, Deflect, and Move on

Yesterday, Trump committed a heinous act in front of the world in firing one of the last remaining government officials who was engaged in an investigation of the White House.  Followers of the Secret Rule would follow up with a deflection or lie and then move on to the next issue of the day and never look back.

Instead, Trump took to Twitter to make sure we all knew exactly what he did.

Of course he had to make it about himself (and no, nobody will be thanking you) as well as deflecting to the Democrats.

The broken logic here is that it's very possible that the Democrats wanted him fired for the email debacle while simultaneously supporting him for his work on #TrumpRussia.  Firing him when he's in the middle of investigating you just seems unfathomable.  Even Republican Senators like Jeff Flake and Richard Burr denounced the move. WaPo points out that the move will potentially backfire.

Then to rub salt into the wound, he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov because Putin asked him to:
When President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office Wednesday just hours after firing the FBI director who was overseeing an investigation into whether Trump’s team colluded the Russians, he was breaking with recent precedent at the specific request of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The chummy White House visit—photos of the president yukking it up with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak were released by the Russian Foreign Ministry since no U.S. press was allowed to cover the visit—had been one of Putin’s asks in his recent phone call with Trump, And indeed the White House acknowledged this to me later Wednesday. “He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to,” a White House spokesman said of Trump’s Lavrov meeting. “Putin did specifically ask on the call when they last talked.”

Lavrov, mind you, mocked the US press for asking about the Comey firing:

Of course as Colin Kahl points out (via Judd Legum), it only got worse from there because whereas US media was not allowed into the meeting in the Oval Office, Russian State Media was:

I know we feel this way every week but we've really hit a new low from the Trump Regime. This isn't quite rock bottom but we aren't far from there. Just remember, Trump has 18 months or less before he feels the full wrath of Congress against him.

Catch you on the flip side.

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