Here’s a PJTV interview with Ann Coulter. At minute 2:40 she utters what I suspect will turn out to be the biggest lie of the campaign, when she states Trump doesn’t have any political opposition research team. Coulter insists Trump’s campaign staff is just a couple people running things for months and now a few more. Now, watching Trump show up all through last summer and fall to interviews and debates without policy details, but with his pockets loaded down with sleaze and scurrilous dirt, well someone provided Trump with this meticulous opposition research. Add to this that Trump endlessly warns people to watch out or else, hinting he has more dirt to dump (and often he dumps it, so he’s not bluffing). So, while Coulter may buy into “Trump the political genius”, I call bullshit, loud and clear. Trump came loaded down with huge piles of professionally-gathered opposition research. Who he hired to gather all this dirt remains unknown, but before this election is over, more details will likely emerge.
Trump dominates the news cycle and beyond his policy blunders, this latest controversy over his campaign manager and the former-Breitbart reporter, Michelle Fields, takes the cake for Trump being completely tone deaf and frankly a total idiot. Put aside all the arguments about the he said/she said, put aside the video and audio tapes. Just think about this as a public relations incident and pretend you’re a presidential candidate whose campaign has been alleged to encourage violence. Now, if you have some campaign messages about real issues you’d like to resonate with voters, something like this Fields incident should be something you want to get behind you as quickly as possible.
For the record, I don’t see Fields almost pulled to the floor in the video, but I also do see Lewandowski touch her arm, which puts a lie to Trump initially saying Lewandowski never touched her. So, even if Fields exaggerated, Trump and Lewandowski could have handled this in a gentlemanly fashion and the matter would be history by now. Imagine if the Trump campaign issued a public and private apology to Fields or even imagine the private apology coming with a bouquet of flowers. It would have been very hard for Fields to turn them into cads and this whole escalation could have been avoided. That’s called diplomacy and rising above the situation, but it takes character to do that and Trump lacks it.
Instead, Trump launched into a character assassination of Fields from the beginning. Coulter may applaud Trump’s approach, as she has made a career out of baiting people and creating scenes – from her books, to her TV appearances, to her college campus speeches. Her entire career can be summed up as agitation propaganda of the most vile sort. Her career centers on name-calling and vile demagoguery, then when she provokes a response, she plays the victim of the “vicious Left.” And of course, she has made flipping her long blond hair back part of her public speaking too, her nose goes up in the air with a haughty jaunt and then she flips her hair back, which comes across as a “So there!” To be fair, Coulter only touched her hair one time in this interview and did not do her trademark tossing it back, perhaps because this was a very friendly venue for her.