Once again, it took Donald Trump less than 24 hours to completely contradict the lie his spokespeople were trying to sell about why he yanked John Brennan’s security clearance. As he did with the James Comey firing in an interview with Lester Holt a day after firing him, Trump just vomited out the truth — it was all about Russia.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal posted late Wednesday, President Trump once again gave away the ballgame when it comes to his efforts to affect the probe and tear down its leaders (both current and former). He confessed that his true motivation for revoking former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance was the “rigged witch hunt” that Brennan once “led.”
“I call it the rigged witch hunt; [it] is a sham,” Trump told the Journal’s Peter Nicholas and Michael C. Bender. “And these people led it!”
He added: “So I think it’s something that had to be done.”
Hilarious. This is why I think anyone who believes that Trump is playing some sort of three-dimensional chess on any subject at any time are living in a fantasy world. The man is simply incapable of controlling what he says, he just blurts out whatever wanders into his head, completely oblivious to the fact that it’s a lie or that he just contradicted everything he said previously. I’m sure they spent hours and hours crafting Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ statement on Brennan and why Trump made the decision, everyone agreed that this was the party line and the key talking point, and in five seconds Trump erased it completely.His lack of self-control is obvious, and the reason for it is that he’s always gotten away with it. He is so convinced of his own ability to BS his way out of everything because he’s lived his entire life doing that without consequences. And he’s so surrounded by yes men (and women) who rely on him for their jobs that he actually believes them when they tell him how brilliant he is. I bet not one person in his inner circle has told him or will tell him that he screwed up here. Maybe his lawyers will, but certainly no one close to him. They’re terrified of his famous temper, which is triggered by any questioning of him whatsoever. So all he hears is what a genius he is.
But it’s one thing to get away with this as a billionaire playboy; it’s quite another to get away with it as the president, where every single phrase of every sentence is poured over like the Zapruder film and every journalist is eager to make a name for themselves by breaking the next big story. He just isn’t bright enough to understand the difference or to change his behavior. He is who he is, now and forever.