Trump And Giuliani Try a New Strategy: Doubling Down on Total Idiocy

Donald Trump’s most visible attorney was back on the air on Wednesday to “clarify” what he said the previous two days by throwing over them a blanket claim of ignorance.

President Donald Trump only recently found out that he reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement with adult performer Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 election, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed Thursday. …

“I don't think the president realized he paid him (Cohen) back for that specific thing until we (his legal team) made him aware of the paperwork,” he said.

Giuliani said the president responded, "‘Oh my goodness, I guess that's what it was for.’”

Which, of course, is a reversal of Giuliani’s claims earlier that Trump was aware that Cohen was being paid back for the Daniels payments, and that Trump had in fact designed the $35,000 a month payments to Cohen for “doing no work” as a means of both paying Cohen back and providing him “a little profit.”

To believe this story first requires that genuine people come away thinking that Donald Trump has ever started any sentence in his life with “Oh my goodness” rather than something … more visceral. It also requires belief that Trump tossed Michael Cohen over three quarters of a million—$470,000 from the Trump organization and $288,000 from Trump’s campaign—without having a clue why he was paying someone more money than most Americans see in their whole lives. Donald Trump’s entire legal strategy has come down to sending out a spokesman to spread a message of  “I am ignorant of my own company’s activities, sloppy about cleaning up my own messes, and incredibly careless with my money. So it’s all good.” 

America is getting a vivid demonstration of what happens when one ego-laden reality-challenged crackpot is brought in as the primary representative of an even more ego-laden reality-challenged loon. Rudy Giuliani continually assures everyone that there is “no daylight” between the things that he is saying and the positions that Donald Trump wants the public to hear. But Giuliani’s appearances on Fox, his interview with the New York Times, and his subsequent “refinements” of his message appear to have caught all the real lawyers on Trump’s ever-changing legal team by surprise.

That’s because none of them appears to have thought up confessing to criminal activity on national TV as the best course of action.

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