So irrelevant they won't stop talking about him
David Von Drehle, deputy opinion editor of the Washington Post, wrote a column on Biden storing top secret documents in his son’s garage. More classified papers were found in Biden’s mansion in Delaware.
Von Drehle tried to equate this security breach with the FBI raiding Mar-a-Lago and confiscation 11,000 items including President Trump’s passports, photos, fan letters, MAGA apparel and 1,693 newspapers, magazines and clippings. The FBI contended that 100 of these items — 1% of the haul — were classified but as president, Trump de-classified the items. Biden was vice president when he stashed away secret documents. He had no such power.
Von Drehle knows this, but he spun the Biden scandal as somehow helping Trump because the Department of Justice cannot prosecute Trump without indicting Biden. But we know the real reason the department cannot prosecute Trump is because it does not have a case. If the FBI had a case, it would prosecute because they have searched for years for the holy grail of Washington: finding a crime committed by Trump. Not indicting Trump gives them an excuse not to indict Biden. They are a pretty clever — and totalitarian — breed.
The FBI had no case in Russiagate, no case in the non-disclosure agreement with that porn star and no case in Trump’s taxes — all cited by Von Drehle as crimes. Not one scandal created by the FBI and disseminated by American press on behalf of the deep state has been true. What is true is their obsession with getting Trump.
Having written relentlessly in columns and editorials the past two years that Trump has been out of office, Von Drehle wrote, “Politically, Trump is a dead man walking. He has lost the ability to drive the news cycle. His outlandish social media posts fall as silently as unheard forest trees. His declaration of his next campaign produced a yawn worthy of another run by Ralph Nader. As drum major of a wackadoodle parade, he marched through the Republican primaries last year, delivering candidates who bombed in the general election. Now no one marches to his tune. When he tried to influence the election of a House speaker, even the surviving zealots ignored his instructions.”
Fact-check: Von Drehle is full of shit.
Upon winning the speaker’s race, Kevin McCarthy said, “I do want to especially thank President Trump. I don't think anybody should doubt his influence. He was with me from the beginning … he was all in.”
But facts are to Washington journalists what sunlight is to vampires: avoided at all cost.
Politico avoided McCarthy’s remarks to declare, “Trump’s Worst Fear Is Coming True: He’s Being Ignored.”
The story said, “But not only did the Gang of 20 defy Trump’s pointed directive, one of their leaders sassed him from the floor of the House. GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who is as Trumpy as you can get without resorting to a comb-over, said she was unmoved by his phone calls to the Gang telling them to ‘knock it off,’ and issued orders back to Trump himself: ‘The president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy that, ‘Sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw.’”
Hmm, on the one hand, Boebert is Trumpy but — according to Politico — she defied Trump which proves he’s irrelevant even though this was another story about Trump in Politico. They are obsessed by him but refuse to admit it.
David A. Graham of The Atlantic wrote two years ago on December 1, 2020, “Trump Is Rapidly Becoming Irrelevant.”
Graham wrote, “The past few weeks have offered a preview of what Donald Trump’s post-presidency might look like: The president fulminates at length, playing pundit, but is a practical nonfactor in policy discussions. He can still command the affection of millions—and raise millions of dollars from them—but the balance of the country has already moved on and tuned out. Trump’s ability to command the news cycle has been eclipsed by the virus he couldn’t be bothered to stop and the rival candidate he couldn’t beat.”
Two years later, Graham keeps writing about Mister Irrelevant. 13 of his 20 columns on the election last fall were about Donald Trump. Not one was about the sitting president, what’s his name.
Paul Ryan is peddling a new book. To gain attention, he had to declare Trump is finished — again.
Ryan told CNN, “He’s fading fast. He’s a proven loser who cost us the House in ’18, he cost us the White House in ’20, he cost us the Senate again and again, and I think we all know that.”
Calling Trump old news was how Ryan got in the news. He is not the only one working that scam.
On July 24, 2022, Adam Kinzinger gained some attention by calling Trump irrelevant.
The now former congressman said, “Maybe people are shifting more towards a potential for, I don't know, a Ron DeSantis. Trumpism isn't dying, even though Trump is becoming irrelevant. I am hearing a lot of anecdotal stuff, around the edges, of people who've been hardcore with Trump who now just can't stand him.
“I think, though, long term...in like five years, I still believe it's going to be hard to find someone that will ever admit they were ever a Trump supporter, and I think this is where this impact comes, in future history.”
The DC/Manhattan Establishment has called Trump irrelevant for years but their wish has yet to come true. Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institute was among the first to roll out this barrel of baloney.
She wrote on February 9, 2018, “Is President Trump irrelevant?”
Her column said, “Trump’s irrelevancy has been building all year.”
Really? The year was 40 days old when she published her column.
He is so irrelevant that last year, Kamarck wrote 10 columns about him and 2 about Biden. Her obsession with Trump amuses me. She is one of many poor souls who are so heavily vested in his failure that they do not see that he has already accomplished more than he dared dream as a child. He’s a famous billionaire who has had three models as his brides and became president. These losers dare to call him a loser.
John Podhoretz, whose father was a respected conservative, wrote the day after the election, “Toxic Trump is the political equivalent of a can of Raid.”
Is that a compliment? Because unlike Manhattan conservatives, Raid does what it said it would do: Kills bugs dead.
To gain attention, Podhoretz’s magazine ran a story this month, “GOPocalypse Now?” It was a rehash of his earlier column in the New York Post. This time, he said, “The question that now faces the Republican Party is whether its toxic romance with Trump will poison the well for the GOP for a generation or whether it can, as they say in the literature of addiction and recovery, break the cycle of abuse and begin to heal.”
I am not really sure why Podhoretz would care since he left the party and all. He has said it so many, many times before.
Bret Stephens is another fake conservative. He toils at the New York Times. On November 15, 2022, he wrote, “Donald Trump Is Finally Finished.”
Stephens said, “The field of possible primary contenders might still move aside for Trump, much as Hillary Clinton mostly cleared the field the last time she ran. But with his midterm rout, Trump has proved once again that he’s toxic and can never again win a general election. He would be no match for a younger, charismatic primary candidate, just as Clinton proved no match for Barack Obama in 2008.
“The field is open for a real Republican contender. It’s time someone stepped up to the plate.”
Not to quibble, but Bernie Sanders nearly knocked Hillary off in a head-to-head battle, and of course she lost in the general election.
President Trump is so toxic and so irrelevant that two columns later, Stephens wrote about him again.
But ignoring President Trump is a quick trip to the welfare line for the news media. Last year had a war that Americans care about and a close election. A news channel would have to go out of its way to lose viewers in such a year.
MSNBC and CNN did just that.
The Los Angeles Times reported on December 19, 2022, “CNN and MSNBC experienced significant year-to-year declines in 2022. MSNBC averaged 733,000, down 19% from 2021. CNN averaged 568,000 viewers, down 27%.”
Perhaps no one in America is more obsessed with Donald Trump than Maggie Haberman of the New York Times. Her new book on him was published this month.
Nevertheless, on December 19, 2022, she wrote in her paper, “A Diminished Trump Meets a Damning Narrative.”
She quoted former Representative Carlos Curbelo, Republican of Florida, who said, “I don’t think that anything can save Donald Trump. He’s decidedly on the path to irrelevance. He reduces himself by the day.”
Have you noticed that all the Republicans the media gets to dump on Trump are former congressmen? The quickest way out of the Republican Party and public office appears to be opposing Trump, and yet the media insists he is the one who is irrelevant.
For a man who is irrelevant, he sure is under a lot of investigations, despite the fact that previous investigations (and two impeachments) went nowhere. That shows just how much fear Donald Trump strikes in the Establishment.
The New York Times on August 16, 2022, reported, “Former President Donald J. Trump’s legal jeopardy appeared to intensify significantly when federal agents issued a search warrant for his Florida club and home as part of an investigation into his handling of classified material.
“But the active investigation is one of several into the former president’s business dealings and political activities.
“Here are some of the most notable cases.”
It then listed the classified documents inquiry, the Georgia election interference case, the January 6 investigations, the Manhattan criminal case, and the New York State civil inquiry. Those are just some of the cases.
I will give the New York Times credit for continuing to publish at least two news stories or columns about Mister Irrelevant. Its executives know what sells.
Many are the observers who have noted that media ratings have declined in the wake of the end of Trump’s first term as president. But the real damage to the people in the media is they lost their relevance. For years they carried water for Democrats and the deep state in an effort to bring Trump down. These little Gunga Dins saw a purpose in their little lonely lives. Now that is gone.
Donald Trump remains the odds-on favorite to win in 2024. The New York Post reported on Sunday, “Both former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would beat Biden if the 2024 presidential election was held today, the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll found Friday — while nearly two-thirds of those polled, 65%, said Biden should not run for re-election at all.
“The online survey of 2,050 registered voters found that 46% would support Trump in a rematch of the 2020 election, with 41% favoring Biden and 13% unsure. Trump’s 5-point edge was identical to the poll’s December results.
“Biden would lose to DeSantis by a narrower 3-point margin, the survey found. The two-term governor, who has not announced a White House bid, would beat the sitting president by 42% to 39%, with 18% undecided.”
Biden is America’s insignificant other. Trump is far more important because he carries with him the power to make America great again, a power that strikes fear in the deep state and the media that services it.
As a lesser man once said, “At least I'll go down as a president.” Unlike Obama, Donald Trump will go down in history as being much, much more than that.
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