He’s losing it.
Pretty much the only things that President Trump can be counted on for, without question, is to brag about or embellish on things he hasn’t done, and to blame other people for things he has done.
OH – and to lie about people he does or does not interact with. He does that a lot.
The story from the New York Times that I discussed yesterday, regarding the potential for Trump’s longtime fixer, Michael Cohen, “flipping” on the president, should it appear his own freedom is in jeopardy apparently hit a nerve.
For somebody who has worked tirelessly for Trump for years, but who didn’t even get a spot with Trump’s team, even at a low level, it would seem the anecdotes of ill-treatment and disrespect from yesterday’s piece hold true.
YET, in Trump’s Saturday morning tweet storm, he’s full of sugary words for Cohen.
He’s also full of angry, ugly, frothing towards the author of Friday’s piece, NYT reporter Maggie Haberman.
“The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip,'” Trump tweeted. “They use non-existent ‘sources’ and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”
Actually, Trump has spoken with Haberman quite a bit, often calling her from his personal cell phone.
The history there is that Trump craves positive coverage on the front pages of the New York Times. He calls them “failing” when the coverage is bad, but constantly chases after them.
As for the “drunk/drugged up loser” the president (Yes, keep reminding yourself that this person is our president, and try not to weep.) is referring to, that would be former Trump campaign aide, Sam Nunberg.
Nunberg, if you remember, went on a wild, rambling day of appearances on cable news programs several months ago, and many wondered if he was drunk.
In the Haberman piece from Friday, Nunberg said:
“Ironically, Michael now holds the leverage over Trump,” said Sam Nunberg, a former aide to Mr. Trump who worked with Mr. Cohen and Mr. Stone. Mr. Nunberg said that Mr. Cohen “should maximize” that leverage.
“The softer side of the president genuinely has an affection for Michael,” Mr. Nunberg said. For instance, Mr. Trump attended the bar and bat mitzvahs of Mr. Cohen’s children. “However, the president has also taken Michael for granted.” Mr. Nunberg added that “whenever anyone complains to me about Trump screwing them over, my reflexive response is that person has nothing to complain about compared to Michael.”
Interestingly enough, Trump pal, Roger Stone, was quoted in the piece and it was no less damaging than that of Nunberg’s comments, but it doesn’t appear Trump zeroed in on him.
Oh, wait – All Stone said was that Trump goes out of his way to treat Cohen like garbage. What’s Trump going to say? That’s not true?
And while Nunberg is suggesting that Cohen has leverage over Trump, he’s not the only one.
Other longtime Trump associates have notably made similar comments about the threat Cohen poses to Trump. He recently spoke to Jay Goldberg, his lawyer in the 1990s and early 2000s, for guidance on the recent fallout and criminal investigation involving Cohen, and according to the Wall Street Journal, Goldberg told Trump that Cohen is not be trusted because he “will never stand up” for him if pressured by federal prosecutors. Goldberg also said the prospect of Cohen being compelled to testify in tandem with the documents obtained by the FBI poses a bigger threat to Trump than special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Everybody is talking about Cohen “flipping.” Nobody is saying there’s nothing to flip on.
Cohen’s home and office were raided several weeks ago. The news is that he’s been under investigation for months, but things apparently became desperate enough that federal authorities felt they needed to drop a net on him and retrieve evidence before “something” happened to it.
Reports are that he is facing charges of wire fraud, bank fraud, and of violating campaign finance laws, with his payoff of Stormy Daniels, a porn star mistress of Trump’s, as well as a second payoff to former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, another mistress.
Special counsel Robert Mueller referred the case to New York officials and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed off on it, which might account for Trump’s particularly pointed ire at those two.
In the meantime, President Trump continues to bleed out his angst across social media. At least one Twitter user gave a perfect summary of the current Trump mood.
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) April 21, 2018