Keep your eyes OFF the ball!
Focus instead on Hillary’s damn emails. Distract yourself with moldy conspiracies about Obama’s uranium sales. Heck, go retweet the president’s latest on #witchhunts, #fakenews and oppo-research #dossiers.
Just don’t — I repeat don’t — pay any attention to the initial indictments in Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, especially any collusive role that Donald Trump or those around him might have played.
Move on quickly! Nothing to see here!
Suddenly, it’s showtime in Washington, and Mueller’s grand jury is doing what grand juries do: indicting people. Pressuring them to flip on those above them. Moving from the outer rings to the inner rings of high malfeasance, one felony criminal charge at a time.
And all we are getting in response from the White House is yet another handful of shiny confetti tossed wildly into the air. It’s the classic Trump playbook for dicey times like these. Distract. Deny. Weaponize the unhinged House Intelligence chairman, Devin Nunes. Do anything but face the ugly truth: Things could get uncomfortable very fast.
And so, as the first indictments appear on the murky horizon, Donald Trump and his shrinking band of diehards are trying to turn our attention toward anywhere else.
If you read Breitbart News over the weekend, you might have thought Hillary Clinton was president. If you watched Fox News, you’d still have Judge Jeanine Pirro ringing in your ears: “It’s time, folks. It’s time to shut it down, turn the tables and lock her up.” Noted, your honor.
And if you follow @realDonaldTrump on Twitter, your head is still spinning around.
The increasingly frantic president broke two days of eerie silence with an all-but-the-Trump-Tower-sink rundown of look here, not there.
“Never seen so much Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000) ...the Uranium to Russia deal, the 33,000 plus deleted emails, the Comey fix and so much more. Instead they look at phony Trump/Russia ...collusion, which doesn’t exist.”
There is a direct connection between the velocity of this drivel and the threat it is meant to distract from. Call it Code Red. Urgency High.
Oh, this is going to be a fun week in Trump’s America!
Metro columnist Ellis Henican is the best-selling author of a dozen books, including “TRUMPITUDE: The Secret Confessions of Donald’s Brain,” coming next month from Post Hill Press. He is on Twitter @henican.