Another week, another “nothing burger” Trump scandal.
This week, President Trump took to Twitter to accuse former President Obama of ordering him to be wiretapped at Trump Tower. That accusation, of course, had no evidence to support it. But instead of merely stating that the accusation was false, the media responded with volcanic rage, declaring that it was outrageous to suggest that Obama would ever have done such a thing. To this, conservatives rightly responded saying that Obama has a long history of targeting enemies through bureaucratic surrogates, and that multiple media reports stated that the Obama Department of Justice sought FISA warrants against Trump associates. To this, leftists responded by accusing conservatives of covering for Trump’s lies.
And so it goes.
This is the typical Trump scandal. It has five stages:
Stage one: A media outlet of Trump’s liking reports something.
Stage two: Trump simplifies that report into an incorrect headline.
Stage three: The media jump on the incorrect headline, tacitly suggesting that there is no relationship between Trump’s headline and the truth.
Stage four: The right fires by pointing out that while Trump may be getting the headline wrong, there’s underlying truth to the narrative.
Stage five: The left seethes that anyone would defend Trump’s falsehoods.
And then we repeat this routine over and over, further ensconcing ourselves in our partisan bubbles.