President Donald Trump may not be a genius.
But he is the smartest guy in the room when it comes to manipulating the media, particularly the media that hates him, which includes just about everybody outside the television studios of FoxNews.
That open White House meeting he hosted with legislators on immigration Tuesday just proves it.
These anti-Trumpers of the press, who are now calling Trump crazy, are the same geniuses that told us there was no way he could get elected.
If anybody around here is crazy, it is the media, not Trump.
He not only won, but he shoved his victory in their face, so they have been out to destroy him ever since.
Trump not only won by breaking all the traditional norms of campaigning, he is breaking all the norms of the presidency.
The media and the Democrat Party establishment, which is the same thing, are now furious over Trump's string of solid accomplishments at the end of his first year of office.
This was not supposed to happen because, according to them, Trump would self- destruct because it would be proven that the Russians helped him steal the election from the beloved Hillary Clinton, their secular saint.
Instead the economy is booming and ISIS in the Mideast has been destroyed, to name only two of Trump's accomplishments.
When the phony Russian collusion story went flat, the Trump haters turned to Trump's unusual habit of blasting out statements on his Twitter account, which to them indicated that he was mentally unfit to be president.
This came to a head following Trump's response to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's remarks that "The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons. A nuclear button is always on my desk."
Trump being Trump, the president could not a wait to respond, sending out a tweet blast that had to even shock Rocket Man who, after all, had been considered the main mad man in the dispute.
Tweeted Trump, "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have Nuclear Button, but it is much bigger and more powerful than his, and my button works."
Hearing these remarks, you could just picture the portly and bewildered leader of North Korea turning to his heavily medaled generals and asking, "Is it possible this Trump dude is crazier than me?"
Trump is not, of course, crazy. And he is not the first American president to encourage enemies of the United States to believe that the president was unstable, unpredictable and erratic in his decision making.
President Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War encouraged Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to get the leaders of the then-Soviet Union and North Vietnam to believe he was a bit mad, and would resort to the use nuclear weapons.
Nixon believed that such unpredictability would cause deep concerns among the leaders of countries that wished the U.S. harm.
Nixon's Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman quoted Nixon saying, "I call it the Madman Theory, Bob. I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll just slip the word to them that, 'for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about communism. We can't restrain him when he's angry -- and he has his hand on the nuclear button' and Ho Chi Minh (the North Vietnamese leader) will be in Paris in two days begging for peace."
That unusual strategy may or not work. But it was not unique to Nixon. The Madman Theory goes back to Niccolo Machiavelli who in his 1517 classic The Prince argued that sometimes for a leader its "a very wise thing to simulate madness."
But it would be a mistake for the North Koreans to assume that Trump has bought into the Madman Theory.
Trump is going to do what it takes to defend the U.S. from a nuclear attack by North Korea.
While Trump's Twitter response to Rocket Man was crude and obviously undiplomatic, it was not out of line with U.S. policy as far as nuclear weapons are concerned.
We used atomic bombs against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the Japanese refused to surrender and end World War II. A U.S. invasion of the Japanese mainland would have cost the U.S. an estimated one million casualties.
And the Japanese, unlike the North Koreans, never had the capacity to destroy the U.S.
Someone should tell Rocket Man that for Trump this is a no brainer.
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