Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio appeared on CNN and referenced his recent Boston Globe op-ed which highlighted how the president is using Soviet-style tactics to confuse the American electorate.
Host Don Lemon began the segment by pointing out that Trump consistently contradicts the information provided to him by his own intelligence personnel. Lemon also noted that Press Secretary Sarah Sanders continually pushes the claim that many just misunderstand the president and what he’s saying.
D’Antonio offered the idea that, “He doesn’t want us talking about what happened in Helsinki. This is all of a piece — with him constantly throwing out a million notions.”
The Trump biographer also noted Trump is using the same Soviet-era strategies used by leaders when Russia was under communist rule and said, “The Soviets did it, and then Putin started doing it — where you throw out conspiracy theories about everything, and it can be contradictory. That’s the whole idea is to create so much confusion in people’s minds that they can’t grasp the truth and they stop believing that the press knows the truth.”
Lemon said that when Trump reads prepared statements from notes or teleprompters, it’s an indication he’s following a script written by his handlers; but when he tweets or shoots from the hip, he’s saying what he really thinks.
CNN guest and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni agreed with Lemon, saying, “One hundred percent. You’re seeing Trump reined in one moment and reverting to what he wants to do the next. And back and forth and back and forth. And that’s why it’s a contradiction because what he insists on believing which holds him harmless and everyone going after him are villains, that’s what he believes.”
In his op-ed, D’Antonio wrote about how Trump lied about being a high school baseball star, “He lied for the same reason that he often says he had been the best high school ballplayer in New York State. (Records show he wasn’t). He thinks the deception helps him, and he doesn’t think lies matter. When his butler at Mar-a-Lago caught Trump telling a lie about how Walt Disney painted tiles in one of the resort’s rooms, Trump responded, ‘Who cares?’”
He added that Trump must be held accountable for his lies, “I don’t think you can give up. This is the thing everyone’s been debating, ‘Well, do we keep calling him out?’ He’s not going to stop so you have to keep calling out each moment of this because no one else is standing up for the truth.”
D’Antonio also said, “And the vast number of Americans are earning a living, raising their kids, going out on dates and they’re not focused on how many times this person lies. He was taught to do this by his family from a very young age.”
“All of the problem comes from Trump’s father,” D’Antonio argued. “The senior Trump would “fix things” for his son and create “false successes.”