Conservative media are unfailing boosters of Donald Trump and his administration, but this can also pose a significant (and surprising) risk. The problem is that Trump and his close advisors have become so comfortable with conservative media, that they are starting to say things that are extremely damaging.
We had another example of it this week. Trump was speaking with The Daily Caller (who love to give Trump glowing coverage) when he accidentally linked his appointment of Matt Whitaker as Attorney General to the effort to shut down Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump. In other words, Trump pretty much admitted to obstructing justice.
But it isn’t just Trump — Rudy Giuliani has often fallen into this trap. Giuliani told Fox News that Trump’s travel ban was meant to satisfy the president’s campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the US. A religious ban would be a clear violation of the constitution.
In another example, Giuliani told Sean Hannity that Trump knew all about paying off Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet, and even provided the funds (even though Trump denied even knowing about it).
And Trump himself admitted that he knew about the Story Daniels payoff during a rant on “Fox and Friends”.
I guess when you surround yourself with “yes men” and media that always agree with you, you start thinking that you can do no wrong. Combined with people who can’t keep their mouths shut, this is a dangerous combination.
Also published on Medium.