This one is cross-filed with the Ethics Alarms “Fake News” stories, in the “Future News” sub-file. I would say it’s disgusting, but the mainstream media’s standards have become so disgusting that I don’t know what qualifies as disgusting any more. It’s like complaining, “This is a disgusting maggot-infested road-kill sandwich!!! I should be able to get a better maggot-infested road-kill sandwich than this!”
CNN dredged up Alyssa Farah, who previously served as White House communications director under President Donald Trump for a few months in 2020. She was a guest because apparently CNN was tipped off that she could be counted on to denigrate her former boss. We will be seeing more of this, as the mainstream news media embarks on its mission of trying to torpedo Trump’s 2021 Presidential prospects, since it is increasingly clear that a relatively bright GOP sea anemone will be able to defeat Joe Biden. Factual problems with Trump are obviously deemed inadequate, so now the media is stooping to getting predictions of dire actions from people with no more expertise or credibility than Alyssa Milano.
“You think that he will try to impose some form of autocracy?” Jake Tapper asked this nonentity. Nice set-up there, Jake, you hack. How about, “Do you think he’s a vampire?” or “Do you think he’ll try to get Putin to secretly steal the election?” Farah dutifully answered in the affirmative. “I think that he absolutely would. There were things he, he wanted to do when he was in power the first time that were well-beyond the scope of what the U.S. president should be able to do.” Farah then asserted that “oftentimes” Trump’s desire to secure reelection “kept him from doing things.”
“It’s very different in a second term. And I think that’s what, that’s what scares me the most,” she said. “You know, whether it’s weaponizing the Justice Department against political opponents, whether it’s … going after the free press.”
Her moronic comments immediately reminded me of what wretched staffing and support this President, who promised to have “the best people” in his administration, ended up depending upon. True, the “resistance,” NeverTrumpers and assaults by the media unethically made it nearly impossible to really get the best people to work in Trump’s administration, but the man who used Michael Cohen as his trusted fixer also proved that he wouldn’t know a qualified and trustworthy public servant if one was sitting on his head. Elaine Chao? Steve Bannon? Jeff Sessions? Ben Carson? Scott Pruitt? Tom Price? Brenda Fitzgerald? Wilbur Ross? Rudy? Omarosa? If ever there was a President who desperately needed advice and assistance from the best and the brightest, it was this one. He never came close to finding enough of them.
But he ended up with a mass of Alyssa Farahs, devoid of loyalty, light of talent, and seeking an opportunity to cash in.
Of course, if Jake Tapper had any integrity–he used to— he would have responded to Farah’s answer, with, perhaps, “Wait, autocratic decisions like mask and vaccine mandates? Pulling out of Afghanistan without alerting Congress? Ordering businesses to defy a court stay? You mean like those kinds of things? And weaponizing the Justice Department against political opponents…you mean like having the Attorney General threaten parents who dare to oppose progressive indoctrination in the public schools? Or having the FBI raid private offices and residence because Biden’s daughter’s diary was leaked? Or jailing and prosecuting January 6 rioters while George Floyd rioters were left alone? That kind of weaponizing?”
Jake might also have pointed out that Farah’s comprehension of American history and politics is disgracefully weak. You bet it’s “very different” in the second term: Presidents have less power than in their first terms, not more. As lame ducks, they can’t pressure their own party members to do what they want, much less the opposing party. That’s why the second elected terms of every President who started one since Eisenhower has been in the range of disappointment to disaster: Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Obama, and four of those five were elected decisively enough to claim a “mandate.”
Tapper’s guest literally didn’t know what she was talking about, but she was able to mouth scary nonsense about Donald Trump, and that was enough for CNN.