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A launchpad from The Atlantic against Trump grounded in nothing

A new piece by The Atlantic Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg attacking President Trump is already being assumed completely factual by Democrats and the media, who are already using it for their own purposes.

Here are the big items that everyone is and will be discussing from of the article:

When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision, saying that “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true.

Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day. In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as “suckers” for getting killed.

Belleau Wood is a consequential battle in American history, and the ground on which it was fought is venerated by the Marine Corps. America and its allies stopped the German advance toward Paris there in the spring of 1918. But Trump, on that same trip, asked aides, “Who were the good guys in this war?” He also said that he didn’t understand why the United States would intervene on the side of the Allies.

Trump finds the notion of military service difficult to understand, and the idea of volunteering to serve especially incomprehensible.

“He can’t fathom the idea of doing something for someone other than himself,” one of Kelly’s friends, a retired four-star general, told me. “He just thinks that anyone who does anything when there’s no direct personal gain to be had is a sucker. There’s no money in serving the nation.”

“Friend of Kelly,” who is no friend of Trump’s, is the closest anyone gets to being on the record. What are the ethics of doing such a major hit piece without a single on-the-record source? It’s not even clear that he has more than one source for the specific allegations above.

And, given that he’s the editor in chief, did anyone at the magazine seriously question his sources or bother to find out who they were?

These are the kind of statements which, if they were made, can be taken out of context and given more significance than they are worth. What’s more, several people have gone ON the record rebutting the account.

But Biden is already using it to attack Trump. Surely, just as planned by whoever spoke with Goldberg.

12 thoughts on “A launchpad from The Atlantic against Trump grounded in nothing”

  1. John Bolton was in the room when the alleged comments took place and said he never heard Trump say anything like this. And John Bolton hates Trump. End of story.

    1. They run with this garbage to deflect from Nancy’s salon trip, The Cuomo/DiBlasio debacle, violent unrest in Democrat run cities and states, and Biden’s decreased cognitive ability.

  2. And within 24 hours of that story going live, the campaign had a TV ad out based on it.

    Take it from someone who’s slept on the floor of an editing room: that’s impossible without some measure of advance knowledge. Everything has to match up: images, sound, concept/message, the whole sockarooni.

    Even with digital editing tools, they would still have had to assemble the footage, figure out which takes to use, assemble them to fit within the allotted run time, get any voiceovers done, lay those down over the video, and on and on. There’s a lot that goes into any professional video production, even with sufficient lead time. I doubt that even the best in the business, could crank out a political TV ad, ex nihilo, with effectively zero notice.

    Even more, Plugs’s campaign has previously shown itself to be less than the best, when it comes to A/V production. They didn’t magically get competent overnight, and the damn sure didn’t magically produce that ad overnight.

    Ergo, The Atlantic has to have tipped off Sniffy’s campaign about the article, prior to running it. QED.

    I thought political collusion was a high crime?

  3. This is just the beginning. We’re going to see this type of lying from the Democrat /Media enterprise through and after November 3.

  4. It’s all to distract from the fact that Democrat Obama used government machinery to spy on Democrat Hillary Clinton’s Republican opponent during her Presidential campaign.

    It doesn’t matter that Donald Trump won — anyone who beat Hillary would be receiving the same treatment.

    The goal is to make “Obamagate” (better name “Obama Coup Attempt”) be submerged in tasty fake stories that appeal to those ruled by self-righteous hate.

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