It’s getting harder and harder for the fawning cult followers of Donald Trump justify their defense of his criminal activities. Especially following the search of his Mar-a-Lago bunker where numerous boxes of classified documents were found that Trump had previously denied were there.
While much of the cult faithful remain devoted to their mango messiah, there are some notable cracks in the firmament. Among them are Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post and Wall Street Journal where recent editorials castigated Trump as “unworthy to be this country’s chief executive again.” And GOP Rep. Steve Scalise underwent an unexpectedly harsh inquisition on Fox and Friends.
The latest weak-kneed Trumpist rat to leap overboard is Laura Ingraham of Fox News. During a guest appearance on the podcast of fellow Fox News hack Lisa Boothe, Ingraham was somewhat less than her ordinarily obsequious self when discussing the future political prospects of Trump. She began by making the utterly bizarre contention that “People conflate Trump with people’s overall sense of happiness in the country.” Which really makes you wonder what “people” she’s been hanging around with. She continued saying that…
“Donald Trump’s been a friend of mine for 25 years, and I’m always very open about this on my show. But, you know we’ll see whether that’s what the country wants. The country I think is so exhausted. They’re exhausted by the battle, the constant battle, that they may believe that, well, maybe it’s time to turn the page if we can get someone who has all Trump’s policies, who’s not Trump.”
So Ingraham is speculating that the American people are tiring of Trump’s rancorous hostility and non-stop temper tantrums. And she wonders whether those noxious features of Trump’s rancid personality might be the cause of Trump’s low standings in the polls.
However, Ingraham is ignoring the fact that Trump has always polled lower than any president before him. But more to the point, she is oblivious to the fact that people might just despise him for his traitorous attempts to undermine democracy and overthrow the government. Ingraham may be throwing Trump under the bus, but not because he exalts himself as an American dictator. Only because she thinks his shtick is getting old.
Ingraham thinks that the American people support the Trump Doctrine of dividing people by racial hatred, enriching the already wealthy, despoiling the planet, and curtailing constitutional rights. She believes that they just want someone who will pursue that apocalyptic agenda with a smile.
In addition to Ingraham’s slight tilt toward tossing Trump, Fox News anchor Eric Shawn made a similar sidestep. In the introduction to a segment about the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, Shawn floated the notion that Trump may have already exploited his unlawful possession of classified documents. Shawn asked…
“Did former President Trump try to sell, share the highly classified material to the Russians or to the Saudis, or others? Or were the documents innocently mishandled and stored because he thought he had a legal right to have them?”
Fox News host Eric Shawn can't contain his contempt for President Trump.
This morning he asked Rebekah Koffler about the idea of Trump selling nuke secrets to Russia and suggested that Putin has seen the documents. pic.twitter.com/LiqG4oSUw4
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 14, 2022
Shawn interviewed former intelligence officer and Russian expert Rebekah Koffler, who told him that “The real question, Eric, is what Russian President Putin has already done?” She added that Mar-a-Lago “is a counterintelligence nightmare.”, by which she meant that spies from Russia, China, and beyond may have already gotten their hands on information that Trump stored at his highly insecure golf resort.
These brief departures from Trumpian orthodoxy do not necessarily portend an all out betrayal of Trump by Fox News. They may just be seeding the water with chum to see what bites. And they are likely to revert to form on their next broadcast. In the meantime, the rest of the Fox roster (Sean Hannity, Jesse Watters, Mark Levin, Jeanine Pirro, Brian Kilmeade, etc.) are still firmly crouching in Trump’s corner. The network as a whole is too scared of their own viewers to change course now.
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