In moments like these I can’t help but think of a Truffle Hog.
Why does the fabled animal know where the famed fungi is? It just does.
Donald Trump knows media attention. Too much time is spent parsing exactly how much credit he is owned for being able to manipulate coverage. But I know exactly how much credit to give him… as much credit you’d give a Truffle Hog. It’s a rare skill that makes you more valuable.
Take this new dust up with Progressive cover girls The Squad (AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib and the fourth one whose name I always have to look up… Ayanna Pressley) wherein the sitting president of the United States said that at least one of them should “go back” to her native Africa. Three out of the four of them have become household names in political media for varied reasons. Trump got the scent for headlines and made a beeline.
The comments are reckless and ugly. They’ve also immediately reframed the political universe exactly how Trump likes it… orbiting around him.
Like the birth certificate.
One thing is for sure, Trump benefits the bigger AOC gets. Specifically in relation to the 2020 nominee.
AOC will likely be to the left of nominee and unlike a veteran like Pelosi you can legitimately cast her as the future of the Democratic party. Trump will refer to the nominee and AOC as if they are the same person and AOC will be the first one to clapback on Twitter or IG. Beyond that, it is questionable exactly how much of her own clout she’s willing to shed for a more moderate nominee like Biden. This could give progressive voters permission to sit home.
In a perfect world, Trump would argue with AOC over the nominees head until 2020. Because let’s be honest, none of the 2020 nominees can generate has much media heat.
And just like the Truffle Hog, that’s what Trump’s after.