Donald Trump in a recent press conference denied rumors of salacious activities in Russia, supposedly in bed with prostitutes involved in disgusting activities, noting to reporters that he is "very much a germaphobe."
Trump is in fact well known for having a fear of germs. He has been, in the past, reluctant to shake hands for that reason.
His fear of germs is carried over into his diet. He especially loves McDonald’s, KFC, and Wendy’s, because he declares that these foods are guaranteed to be safe from any contaminants. He consumes great quantities of diet coke that he believes are also free of contaminants.
This brings me to conjecture that if Barak Obama, whom Trump has accused of wiretapping Trump Tower, were reported by ultra right media – Mark Levin, Breitbart, and Rush Limbaugh as possibly harming Trump through loading his food with germs during the last stages of the campaign, The Donald would tweet at 6:00 AM that Obama was tampering with his food, adding that he "just found out" about it. "How low has President Obama gone to put germs in my Big Mac during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" he would tweet.
This isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem because this is exactly what happened when Trump accusing the former President of wiretapping Trump Tower. Trump relied on Levin and Breitbart for his accusation but these sources did not actually say that Trump was being wiretapped, that was Trump’s conclusion, and in my hypothetical they did not actually conclude that Obama was contaminating Trump’s finger lickin’ good food. It would be Trump himself that concluded that Obama put germs in his tasty treats.
Of course, what would happen next would follow the course of the wiretapping controversy: some right-wing sites would treat Trump's unfounded claims like undeniable fact. One of the top headlines on the conspiracy loving “The Gateway Pundit” would read: "Incompetent AND Criminal: Obama's tampering with food of President Trump Is Icing on the Cake of Worst President Ever." Next, Kellyanne Conway, Trump spokeswomen, would go on Fox News and say, “we must get to the bottom of this matter. “The White House wants a full investigation,” she and other surrogates will say on cable news.
And keeping on with the course of the wiretapping controversy, “House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes would say President Donald Trump's allegations that the Obama administration polluted his food at Trump Tower last year will become part of his panel's investigation. A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee would assert he believes President Donald Trump's allegations that his predecessor ordered food tampering at Trump Tower, would become part of the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton would say, "We're going to follow the facts wherever they lead us about the Russia-Trump connection. And I'm sure that this food poisoning matter will be a part of that inquiry as it a threat to national security.
Then, at a press conference, a reporter would ask Trump Press Secretary Spicer why Trump would want an investigation of the food poisoning matter when he says he has the facts of the matter. “Why not just release the information to the American people,” she would ask. Spicer would fumble his answer to the question. Then he would say that the White House is under no obligation to release information about the scandal that is now being called “foodgate” by Fox News and “germgate” by Brietbart. .
And the beat would go on as cable news treats the food story with great seriousness and much time would be given to it on MSNBC, CNN, and MSNBC. Chris Matthews would devote over 60% of his “Hardball” show to foodgate, germgate or whatever he would call it. All the while he would be saying that the issue is of no significance and should not be covered by cable and network news.
Of course what Trump will have done in “germgate” is to shift the burden of proof, an old debaters trick. Without a shred of evidence, just as in the wiretapping situation, he makes a claim about non-existent food poisoning and then demands that others refute it! It’s like his saying that Michelle Obama is a witch and then insisting that the media prove or Ms. Obama prove she isn’t. How can that be done? How can President Obama prove that he isn’t the sin if Bigfoot?
This shifts media attention away from Trump’s actions as president: He signed House Joint Resolution 38, which scraps an Obama administration environmental rule to protect waterways from coal mining waste. President Trump signed a bill nullifying an Obama-era rule aimed at blocking gun sales to people found to be mentally ill. Trump touts a Trumpcare bill that rations the amount of money that can be spent on children with cancer.
I could go on dear reader, but you get the point. Trump can say his ‘phones were tapped or that his food was poisoned or that he’s discovered a left-wing assassination plot against him- - all of this as a means of controlling the media which, of course, turned Trump, the Reality TV host, into a viable candidate for the Presidency. If he dominates TV it isn’t a great loss anyway because, as Media Matters reports, only about 8% of “news” is devoted to policy matters.
Meanwhile, President Trump will continue his battle with germs.