If Trump Econ Loon Peter Navarro Was Ever Right About Something, We Have Yet To Discover It
STOP THE PRESSES! Trump's econ crank Peter Navarro was wrong about a thing!
The guy that Jared Kushner unearthed by Googling "China + GRRRR + ARRRRGHH" (more or less); the guy who fed the old man all that nonsense about trade wars being easy to win and China paying those stupid tariffs; the guy who's too crazy even for the National Review, which refers to him as "Trump's Nutty Professor"; the guy responsible for the US government purchasing millions of doses of hydroxychloroquine to fend off COVID — that guy used his superduper detective skills to sniff out "Anonymous," the author of a Times op-ed and the bestseller "A Warning" about the shitshow Trump administration.
And he got it totally wrong. If you can even believe it! Because the author wasn't National Security Council member Victoria Coates, as Navarro suggested in his unsigned dossier. It was Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Miles Taylor. I.e. not any of the things crack profiler Navarro gleaned from his very deep analysis of the text: like "female with several children" (Taylor is a childless man), working at the National Security Council instead of at an agency (nope!), an "Experienced Writer" (not!), and opposed to the Trump administration's immigration policies — those same draconian immigration policies Taylor was actively working to implement at DHS.
Ooooh, so close!
Politico reporter Danial Lippman got a copy of Navarro's December 2, 2019, memo and describes the hilarious reception the "forensic analysis" received at the White House. Apparently, when Navarro trotted into White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's office and triumphantly dropped his little profile on the desk, Mulvaney got "irritated" and said "I don't have time for this."
Somehow he failed to see the unimpeachable logic behind the declaration that the author must be female because she "rails at length against the 'smoldering sexism' and the 'misogyny' of the president, referring to him as the 'Fred Flintstone of the "Me Too" era.'"
One telling passage on p. 45 debunks the idea that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley "would help shore up the president's unpopularity with women" by saying this idea "demonstrates how little this White House understands women in the first place." One presumes here that it takes a woman to know a woman.
A lengthier passage on p. 80 rails that Trump's "displays of misogyny are unusual and unsettling to women who at times feel they are given different treatment than their male counterparts." Again, this points strongly to a female as it presumes to understand what is "unsettling" to females.
Hey, Ladies! This fine specimen is newly single and ready to mingle.
The entire document is just amazing gobbledygook, on par with Navarro's crack analysis last January proving that the election must have been stolen because "no Republican has ever won a presidential election without winning Ohio while only two Democrats have won the presidency without winning Florida," and Trump was leading in Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan on election night, ipso facto propter hoc, RIGGED.
But while most of the White House denizens just rolled their eyes at Peter being Peter again, there was one person who entertained the possibility that the economist was right. Unfortunately for Coates, that person was the idiot in charge, and she was transferred out of the White House just a few weeks later.
"There is no question in my mind that it got Victoria fired," a source told Politico, while Coates herself, a MAGA loyalist to the end, tut-tutted that the Tsar was cursed with such bad advisors.
"It's shocking to realize senior administration officials were so easily duped by this garbage," she said. "President Trump was not well served."
What a damn shame these fine civil servants are no longer employed by Uncle Sam. Coates, a former Redstate blogger, was shunted first to the Energy Department and then to Middle East Broadcasting Networks as part of the campaign to ratfuck the Voice of America before Biden was sworn in. The President wasted no time kicking her to the curb within the first week of his tenure.
And all was right with the world. Or right-er anyway.
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