As mightily predictable and hugely entertaining as the weekly spectacle has become, the tide of ‘Trump Tweets’ that washed up on millions of gadgets this weekend, will seem nothing compared to the media performance that will inevitably follow…as night follows day…as a U turn follows a Gartman forecast…or even as somnolence follows the opening remarks of a Janet Yellen speech…the unedifying and yet strangely compulsive spectacle of a swarm of ‘liberal’ journalists setting fire to their own knickers.
This weekend the Donald began the move that some of us have been expecting…the ‘Bash back at Barry parry’. This is a variation on an ancient move where you drop any pretence of respect for your adversary prior to going on the attack…a version of ‘let’s cut the crap’ but with swords rather than words.
I speak of course of the flurry of messages that escaped the keyboard of the realDonald on Saturday morning…as is normal for a tee-total alpha who can’t leave the house without being followed around by an army of black suits:
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
There will now follow a tidal wave of legal opinion, media outrage, and op-ed analysis of what this all means…President Obama’s responses will be pored over with the attention normally reserved for a Stanley Fischer interview, and the words ‘25th amendment’ will re-surface on comment forums. The FT’s coverage will switch from ‘news’ provided by Demetri Sevastopulo, to ‘comment’ provided by the ‘Four hoarse men of the apocolibs’: Sir Monty Tipswell, Tarquin Clench, Lefty O’Toole and Eddie Global…I speak of course of Martin Wolf, Philip Stephens, Gideon Rachman and Edward Luce.
Alas for the four hoarse men…they will be, as usual, the last people to understand the deeper significance of events. So, with the boundless generosity that they would have come to expect from me if any of them ever listened to their readers, I will spell out an inconvenient truth:
T h o s e T w e e t s w e r e n o t m e a n t f o r y o u
Those tweets were, and are, meant for the millions of people who voted for Donald Trump because they are sick to the back teeth with the Washington cesspit of ersatz liberals who look upon them, and Donald Trump, as utterly deplorable…people unworthy of making a choice. The tweets translate as this:
‘They are coming for me. They will do anything to get rid of me. I am going to need your awareness in order to survive”
And in that, even if in little else, Donald Trump is absolutely correct.