(A dictionary definition of trial balloon is “a tentative measure taken or statement made to see how a new policy will be received”.)
Here’s the scoop: The New York Observer, a failing newspaper owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, calls for the FBI to crackdown on nationwide anti-Trump protests.
Titled “Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate Violent Democratic Tantrums,” it’s by Austin Bay, a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel who (God help the students) teaches at Austin’s University of Texas.
“The hard left’s violent reaction to Donald Trump’s election is vile and dangerous,” writes Bay. “The demonstrators vandalize and destroy.”
That’s us he’s talking about.
Jim Naureckas, editor of Extra!, the media watchdog magazine, says “It struck me as a ‘first they came for the communists’ moment. He ties up this conspiracy of protesters, people seeking recounts and George Soros into one vast conspiracy that the FBI ought to get to the bottom of.”
People like Jared Kushner and Col. Bay know how Trump thinks. As in the Third Reich they seek promotion by anticipating what they believe The Leader wants by his body language and dropped hints (today’s tweets). Which is to scare us.
Our take? Follow the lead of California’s Democratic state legislators and be combative as hell. We’ll be punished anyway so might as well explore how to be nonviolently “vile and dangerous”.