Since Donald Trump is one of the world’s most notorious projectionists, as it were, it should come as no surprise that the thing for which he ceaselessly vilified Hillary Clinton, the thing at the root of the moronic “Lock Her Up!” chanting that still afflicts us, is the thing he does happily and casually himself, every damned day.
Clinton’s use of an unsecure email server for some of her correspondence, the biggest bucket of Nothing Whatever that ever was poured all over a Presidential campaign, supplied one of The Donald’s favourite lines of attack. Night after night, at rally after rally, Trump excoriated Clinton for being careless with classified information, whipping the crowds into a lather with his tales of how Crooked Hillary had carelessly jeopardized not just America’s secrets, but the very lives of its soldiers and intelligence operatives. You remember this shit:
So of course, of course, we find out that the asshole has been using an unsecure iPhone to yak at his business buddies and fellow oligarchs all day, every day, and that the Chinese and Russians are definitely listening in. God knows what, exactly, he leaks during these conversations. He’s such a witless blabbermouth that it wouldn’t be surprising if he talked over negotiating strategies, plans for his tariff wars, new weapons under development, or anything else, no matter how sensitive – heck, if he was planning to bomb North Korea, he’d probably give a 24 hour heads up to Steve Wynn or Sheldon Adelson. Or Sean Hannity. They say he and Hannity carry on like a giggling pair of grade school chatterboxes.
There’s all sorts of outraged invective I could spew here about Trump’s hypocrisy, mendacity, abject foolishness and infantile need to court daily approval from folks who, unlike him, are actually billionaires, but that would be missing the best part of the story, which is, as reported by the New York Times:
Administration officials said Mr. Trump’s longtime paranoia about surveillance — well before coming to the White House he believed that his phone conversations were often being recorded — gave them some comfort that he was not disclosing classified information on the calls. They said they had further confidence he was not spilling secrets because he rarely digs into the details of the intelligence he is shown and is not well versed in the operational specifics of military or covert activities.
See, there’s nothing to worry about! Trump can’t leak any secrets, because he never pays attention to anything, and despite all his briefings, he doesn’t really know any. He’s too ignorant to be dangerous. White House insiders often trash talk the President, to an extent never seen before the Age of Trump, but this time, the anonymous sources really seemed to think they were being comforting.
I definitely feel better.
In response to the Times article, Trump, naturally, immediately tweeted out that he almost never uses cell phones, which gave Gizmodo the ammo for a wry headline: