Trump may not be a genius, but he knows enough to surround himself with people he trusts, if not necessarily trustworthy people. Of late, we’ve heard whispers of Bannon being consulted along with John Kelly and Stephen Miller. Trump is not working alone.
We see this evidenced in some carefully worded tweets, and of course in the recent hiring and subsequent publicity tour of New York City’s ex-mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani was chosen for three reasons:
1. Giuliani has established “street cred” having been New Yorker’s Mayor during 911.
2. Giuliani was formerly a U.S. prosecutor waging war against organized crime.
3. Giuliani, at 74 years of age, looks harmless, can be affable, and can spin webs of conspiracy and distraction with the same dexterity and wanton abandon as Peter Parker dangling upside down from Trump Tower.
Last week, Giuliani admitted that the name of the game is that of public opinion. If it is true that no sitting president can be indicted, then it remains for Mueller to submit his findings to Congress, and for the House to either recommend or decline to begin the impeachment process. In other words, a win in the arena of public opinion is what the president and Giuliani are seeking.
Like most Trump offensives, this latest effort is both crude and well…offensive. On the most part, Trump has managed to change the narratives of the day—the Stormy Daniels news cycle is now on hiatus along with that of lost children, new border policies, and the updated death toll from Puerto Rico’s hurricane Maria. These Trump “bad press” stories have been buried beneath the announcement of Trump’s tariffs against Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.
Trump continues to dispatch Giuliani, like Zeus sending forth Hermes, at times tripping and falling on his sword, but most times acting as that of messenger and lawyerly distraction. Although much of what Giuliani says in his many interviews may not be true, it doesn’t matter, as he’s not on trial, nor is he under oath, nor any legal obligation to tell the truth. Knowing this, he continues to spread legal rhetoric and legal misinformation in an obvious effort to dismantle the truth of the many issues plaguing the president. And if the president’s latest polls are any measure of Giuliani’s success, then Trump’s new “crime fighter” for truth seems to be working.
k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.