Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.
– Luis Borges
Have you ever listened to someone going on at considerable length about their innocence and the monstrous injustice of their persecution? The more you listen to them, the more you begin to think they may actually be guilty of whatever it is they’re accused. If they’re innocent, why would they need to furiously declaim their purity of spirit, intent, and/or action?
If the President was secure in himself and the knowledge he’s done nothing wrong, why wouldn’t he shut up, let the process run its course, and enjoy the last laugh? I’m not a psychiatrist, but I have to wonder: IF the President feels moved to defend himself with such ferocity and frequency, what’s he trying to cover up? What is it he doesn’t want us to see?
Perhaps he’s afraid of what might be found if those charged with the investigation look too closely. Perhaps he’s thinking he should be able to divert attention from the real problem. The problem is that by focusing so much on the fact that he’s being investigated, everyone’s thinking about the fact that he’s being investigated.
There’s an old Russian proverb that applies here: “Try not to think of a bear and you’ll think of nothing but.” The more he tries to distract us, the more we’re going to be paying attention to what he’s trying to divert us from. If he’d just shut up, perhaps the storm might eventually pass.
His impotent whining aside, the President is acting like someone who truly has something to hide. He can’t lie properly, and all he’s doing is directing attention and suspicion back at himself.
If Donald Trump hasn’t done anything wrong, he has one sure-fire strategy to fall back on: Shut up, stop tweeting about the injustice of it all, and let the investigation run its course. If there’s nothing to find, then investigators will find nothing, say as much, and we can all move on.
Except that the President isn’t acting like someone confident of his innocence…and that’s what frightens me.
Nice work, America.