‘The Propaganda Document’: Trump Gets Folder Full Of Ego Stroking News Twice a Day
Donald Trump Is Very, Very Fragile
Donald Trump demands affirmations and accolades…officially, and at least twice a day.
VICE News reports:
“Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. and the follow-up, around 4:30 p.m. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20-to-25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.”
Of course, not even hand-delivering the massive report of pro-Trump news aides managed to scrape up was enough to save either one of them, but one assumes that another lackey or two has gladly picked up where those two left off.
The reports, almost certainly read avidly by Trump – unlike his actual daily briefings – don’t contain anything pertinent. There is no top-secret intelligence updates, or current legislative news or agendas. The twice-daily folders are, instead, filled with “screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful,” according to three current and former White House officials.
The President of the United States is so thin-skinned that the taxpayers are providing him with official ego-strokers. And even though, twice a day, Trump receives a folder of 20 to 28 pages of documents selected to make him feel better about himself, the only feedback the White House communications team has ever gotten about it is: “It needs to be more fucking positive.”
That feedback has led some within the White House to refer to the twice-daily packet as “the propaganda document.”
The Propaganda Document Is ‘Good For The Country’?
One former Republican National Committee official shrugged off the idea that the president is so needy that he requires this sort of blatant ego-stroking as being somehow “good for the country.”
“Maybe it’s good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the morning.”
Yes, and maybe it would be even better for the country to have a president who doesn’t require this sort of worship.
Donald Trump Lacks A “Reality-Based Presidency”
Former President and official adult Barack Obama did not receive such a report. Former Obama adviser David Axelrod shrugged the idea off completely.
“If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter. His was a reality-based presidency.”
It is common for the White House “war room” to monitor the news in all forms, in order to get an idea on what public perception is at any given time. But the Trump “war room” operates a little differently…
Perhaps because their’s is not a “reality-based presidency.”
Every thirty minutes, staffers in the war room send the White House Communications office an email that includes the most recent screenshots of various chyrons, tweets, news stories and transcripts. Staffers then begin the process of picking through the deluge of information for favorable stories, and send those culled clips out to journalists, VICE reports. But then, staffers take it a step further, in order to please the President.
“But they also pick out the most positive bits to give to the president. On days when there aren’t enough positive chyrons, communications staffers will ask the RNC staffers for flattering photos of the president.”
Yes. If there simply isn’t enough “positive” news for Donald Trump, his staffers beef up his twice-daily briefings with pretty pictures of the president himself.
This is the state of the current White House. This is America’s current reality. And this is, again, what passes for Republican leadership today.
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