As someone who has largely followed Trump’s eldest son on Instagram for the past two years, I have witnessed a regular parade of memes, misleadingly edited videos, and other tropes of assassination of Internet characters aimed at everyone, from the media to the media to Mitt Romney – and back. In short, if you think the president is a troll, his son is the king of the trolls.
This brings me to Saturday when Trump Jr. posted two pictures in his Instagram feed.
While the dangerous and untrue accusation of pedophilia is – so far – the new indicator of how low the Trump campaign will be to pollute Biden, this is far from the first evidence of how the president and his deputies have campaigned will perform.
But yes. Let’s get this out of the way: there has never been any evidence that Biden has ever behaved inappropriately towards children. None.
This is a proven Trumps tactic – father and son. Say something insulting. When asked to do so by the media, insist that you are joking, and everyone knows it – except for the humorless media! And then as soon as the words “kidding!” Once you’ve left your mouth, make sure to double the original claim to make sure it gets into the public bloodstream.
And Trump Jr. was far from finished.
“Jake, I’m sorry that you’re more upset (joking!) About a joke than @ JoeBiden’s rough habit of touching and sniffing young girls.
“I can’t imagine that most parents would feel comfortable if Biden touched their daughters in the manner shown below … I know I wouldn’t be!”
In response to Trump Jr.’s attacks, Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement: “No offensive, manipulative tactics will change the way nearly 90,000 Americans paid for Donald Trump’s coronavirus negligence with their lives and how the booming economy did The company, inherited from the Obama Biden government, is now suffering from job losses at the depression level. “
The president has also launched deep personal attacks that question Biden’s mental fitness – most recently in an interview with the conservative Washington Examiner last week.
This is in line with the recent efforts of his campaign to label Biden, aged 77, the oldest person ever elected President for a first term, as senile and incompetent. (Trump is 73 years old; he will be 74 years old next month.) New Facebook ads show Biden in a nursing home that a companion says, “Joe Biden. Too old?” written in the picture. (Again, I’m not going to help bring this stuff into the mainstream by linking to it here. If you want to find it, you can.)
Trump Jr. has been working on this floor for a while – mostly via Instagram, where he posted memes to indicate that the former vice president is too old. And there is much more.
What Trump and his son are doing here is what they always did – in and out of politics: take something with the smallest core of truth and turn it into something that is not hopeful (political or otherwise) ) Make it profit.
For example it is It is true that Biden has verbal gaffes. He once called himself a “gaffe machine”. But speaking incorrectly is different from being mentally incompetent. Completely different. And there is no evidence that Biden’s tendency to put his foot in his mouth is evidence of something other than occasionally saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
Trump Jr. doesn’t really care about getting to the bottom of this. Not really. What he knows is that he can use the internet to plant seeds that Biden is not only old but also senile. This biden is not only sensitive, but also vaguely criminal. He doesn’t need evidence because his goal is not to initiate legal, criminal, or even journalistic proceedings against Biden. His goal is to get his story into people’s minds.
Trump’s most keen supporters will believe the worst because they want to – evidence is damned. And people on the fence about Biden? Well, Trump Jr. doesn’t have to convince her of anything. He just has to make sure that they are vaguely aware of this stuff. Even if they get involved with the facts and reject them – as any preoccupation with the facts will do – Trump Jr. believes that he won because they dealt with it. The thought is in their thoughts. That is all he wants or needs.
Trump Jr. won’t be embarrassed to stop the meanness he’s spreading. He left that feeling long ago to serve his (and his father’s) broader mission: to win at all costs.
And that, he clearly believes that he got from his father. In response to a positive comment on his Instagram post, “Alligator,” describing the Trump family as “nothing but savages,” Trump Jr. wrote:
“That’s right. Part of it is an answer to how they follow us through BS … the other part is probably just genetic.”
Like father, like son.