How a responsible administration would handle bad news
There is a way in Washington — and in any well-run organization — to handle bad news and work with the media to help the public understand it.
Donald Trump & Co. have ABSOLUTELY NO idea what that is.
In two different scenarios just days apart last week — the sudden firing of James Comey as FBI director and the knowledge that Trump divulged classified info to his Russian visitors — Trump’s insane and irrational decisions, followed by his cabinet’s scrambling to save face, have been exposed front and center.
And while it has been hilarious at times — thank you Sean Spicer and your bushes plus SNL and The Late Show — it is also the most obvious illustration of how inept Trump and his cronies are at this presidency thing.
Every day is a new crisis at the White House, thanks to our resident lunatic for a president whose rash decisions and loose lips mean regular communication catastrophes — not to mention political ones.
And though I have been as critical of anyone about the horrendous public relations by Donald Trump’s communication team — made up of so much ineptitude it’s difficult to use either “communication” or “team” in reference to Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders — it is hard to imagine how anyone could handle the predicament of constantly being asked to spin an outrageous action only to have said spin contradicted by more spin and ultimately a tweet from the man who made the mistake in the first place.
(for the record, the image of Sean Spicer hiding “in” or “among the bushes” to avoid having to talk to the press about the Comey firing will ALWAYS make me laugh uncontrollably).
But that said, Cody Keenan, a speech writer for Barack Obama, explained so eloquently in a series of tweets today how a proper administration would handle an issue for the news media and public to understand:
And if that doesn’t explain it beautifully, there’s always the words from Trump himself: