21 February 2019

Hat Trick

NBC published a great summary piece yesterday (link here) about how three new major Donald Trump scandals broke on Tuesday:

1. "Trump asked his acting attorney general to put a Trump ally, the U.S. attorney in New York, in charge of the Michael Cohen investigation," presumably to sabotage it in order to protect the President.

2. "Efforts by former national security adviser Michael Flynn to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia may have violated the law, and investigators fear Trump is still considering it."

3. "A senior official at the Department of Education tried to oust the department’s independent watchdog after she pushed back on an attempt to interfere in an active investigation of Secretary Betsy DeVos."

This summary is particularly saddening but true: "Any one of these stories would have dominated the news — for days and weeks — in any other administration. But in our current era, it was just Tuesday."

Many scandals too often fall off the media and public radar quickly because they're crowded out by new scandals. Too much of the public burned out on scandal fatigue not long after Trump came into office and now they don't even bother paying attention any more.

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