Look, Donald Trump is a busy guy.
Consider this story, which says Trump starts his workday with a "propaganda folder" filled with positive tweets, news stories, and, on slow days, "pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful."
Aside from the serious work of reviewing this ego-friendly folder, Trump is also responsible for producing a slew of his own pro-Trump tweets. (More on that later.) This busy schedule could perhaps be the reason why Trump, usually so quick to condemn apparent terrorist attacks, has not acknowledged that someone tossed an improved explosive device into a Bloomington, Minnesota mosque Saturday morning.
But Sebastian Gorka, a high-ranking national security adviser to the Trump White House and future villain on an episode of Scooby Doo, has offered a different explanation for the president's silence. That explanation: Maybe Trump's just making sure this isn't a false flag operation from liberals.
Appearing on MSNBC (in an interview later noticed by The Daily Beast) Gorka was asked why Trump was so far behind Gov. Mark Dayton, who labeled Saturday's explosion an "act of terrorism."
"When we have some kind of finalized investigation, absolutely. So, there's a great rule. All initial reports are false, you have to check them, you have to find out who the perpetrators are. We've had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right-wing individuals in the last six months, that turned out to have been actually propagated by the left. So let's wait and see, let's allow the local authorities to provide their assessment, and then the White House will make its comments."
Right, that's it. Because the Donald Trump we've come to know is all about 1.) waiting for the facts to come in, 2.) seeking expert opinion, and 3.) giving deep consideration to the circumstances, before finally 4.) deciding how big the chocolate cake should be before you blow up Iran, or Egypt, or wherever it was.
Later, Gorka added: "The question of who does it, is the question, when we've had people fake hate crimes in the last six months with some regularity. I think it's wise, don't you, to find out exactly what's going on before you make statements, when in fact they could turn out to be not who you are expecting?"
And Gorka should know how important it is to make sure the person you're dealing with is "who you are expecting." He's made half a career out of misrepresenting himself.
Couldn't Trump at least have tweeted some acknowledgment something bad happened, the MSNBC hosts begged? Gorka says he's not about to "give social media advice to a man who basically won the election -- in large part thanks to his understanding of social media -- to destroy the fake news industrial complex's predictions about who would win the last election."
Trump has kept right at it, too. Here are just a few of Trump's thirty three (!) tweets and retweets since Saturday morning, none of which, so far, have included a mention of the mosque bombing.
Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
How much longer will the failing nytimes, with its big losses and massive unfunded liability (and non-existent sources), remain in business?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
The failing @nytimes, which has made every wrong prediction about me including my big election win (apologized), is totally inept!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/g4ELhh9joH— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2017
Thank you Nicole! https://t.co/KlWN05uFOx— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2017
After 200 days, rarely has any Administration achieved what we have achieved..not even close! Don't believe the Fake News Suppression Polls!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2017
Never forget that in our hour of doubt and fear, President Trump found the right words to comfort us all. "Thank you Nicole!" indeed.