It is interesting to consider how U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest scandal, certainly the most serious to date, helps us better understand how the Russian collusion stories led to Trump’s unprecedented attacks on the media. Trump was vicious and he was personal. He was also desperate. He needed to create a diversion.
After all, it was his very own son, his namesake, whose very own emails show how he was receptive to colluding with the Russians to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. His brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s then campaign manager, Paul Manafort, were also on the email chain. How much worse could it get? Boy, did the president need to create a diversion? [Read more…]