Every time someone uses the phrase "3D chess," I'm reminded of this meme, which actually just shows Trump eating chess pieces pic.twitter.com/oaBfZJSznE— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 30, 2020
"Mr. Trump’s presidency has unfolded along two tracks: the scripted one, which he sticks to for hours or sometimes days at a time, and the one guided by his own instincts, often revealed on Twitter." @anniekarni @maggieNYT @melbournecoal https://t.co/eT3QkaazVa— John Schwartz (@jswatz) July 30, 2020
Just to say the "two tracks" idea is a completely bogus one. Trump "sticks" to the "script" for moments at a time, and even then he literally goes off script because he can't stand to be told what to say or to stick to any "message" that doesn't come from his gut. He's never stayed on any scripted messag for minutes, much less days or even hours. His only guide is what he thinks is his self-interest. That couldn't be more obvious if Trump wore a sign around his neck reading: "I'M ONLY INTERESTED IN ME!"
And in semi-related news: I do wonder if things like this are going to make him quit early, just to cut off the flow of revelations that prove he is not at all what he's always said he was.
Breaking: The government just backed down, allowing Michael Cohen to write his tell-all book about President Trump.— Cliff Levy (@cliffordlevy) July 30, 2020
Cohen said his book would paint Trump as a racist and offer details about “the president’s behavior behind closed doors.”https://t.co/lPXlm5s9ME
Does anybody really doubt that's why he's fighting tooth and nail to hold onto his tax returns?