While many people think that psychiatry might be somewhat helpful dealing with President Trump, either through treating the president for poor impulse control (amongst other mental maladies) or through their own treatment for depression and anxiety, Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) has decided that psychology may be the more effective tool.
Lieu went on Twitter this morning to employ reverse psychology on the president, backing off his calls for the firing of EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt for his litany of corrupt practices, including spending absurdly excessive amounts of taxpayer money on first-class travel, security, and office renovations, renting an apartment in Washington DC from an energy industry lobbyist for way below market value while that lobbyist had business pending with the EPA, and giving his two closest aides huge raises in spite of President Trump’s rejection of that move.
Rep. Lieu knows that Trump does not like being told what to do and will likely take the opposite course from what Lieu suggests, so he has reversed his stand on Pruitt, asking Trump to keep the embattled secretary at the EPA as a blazing beacon representing the Trump administration’s monumental level of corruption, so the Democrats have an easy target to point to as they fight the war to regain control of Congress in the midterm elections.
Dear @realDonaldTrump: Dem wave continues to get stronger. So now I'm thinking, please don't fire @EPAScottPruitt. He's such a great symbol of the corruption and fraud, waste & abuse in your Administration.
Can you please do more toxic rallies & bring Pruitt with you? Thanks. https://t.co/0xKibwSt8l
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 7, 2018
Rep. Lieu is playing three-dimensional chess with a man who can hardly master checkers.
The question remains whether Trump will take the bait and impulsively fire Pruitt because he’s been told not to.
If he does, the man who has never met an environmental regulation he didn’t want to roll back will be out of the EPA, and everyone who cares about the fate of the planet for future generations will rejoice.
If he doesn’t, then Democrats get to keep their poster boy for Republican corruption up until the midterms and can motivate their base to show up at the polls and donate all they can to see the overturn of this evil Republican cabal.
In three-dimensional chess that’s called checkmate.
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