Even before he’s been sworn in, Donald Trump’s use of misdirection is getting to be exhausting.
A key to making a magic trick work, misdirection causes an audience to focus on something irrelevant as a distraction from what’s really going on, like making a big deal out of Melania Trump staying in Manhattan, or Donald’s many and various Twitter snits and outrageous statements, all of which have distracted his followers, the media, and consequently the American public from more important issues like his physical condition, his ongoing failure to produce adequate tax records or his connection to the Russian Oligarchy.
Without those tax records we have no idea what we’re getting. We have no idea who Mr. Trump might be indebted to, who he might be in league with internationally. Who might be able to pull his strings once he becomes President. We have no idea how deep his connection to Putin and the Russians goes.
How can we concentrate on anything of substance when the media continues obsessing over tweets, and the potential impact they might have on the upcoming administration? Will a tweet fire up the nuclear arms race all over again? More than likely, it will just go away like so many tweets before it while we wait for the next outrageous statement from the President elect, as he continues playing the media and the country like a street performer with a shell game, and all of it with four years of magical misdirection still to come.
One wonders how long it will be before the magic wears out and the glitter wears off. Once it does, Mr. Trump will likely have nothing left in his political grab-bag but fear, and a possible campaign to shut down the media with the intent of setting Americans one against the other based upon race, age, religion or sexual preference. And that, dear friends, could be real trouble.