Yesterday I blogged about how the Trump White House doctored the video recording of Putin responding to the question about whether Putin wanted Trump to win in White House intentionally doctors video of Trump-Putin press conference. This morning AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona covers that bit of revisionism but in the interesting context of Trump as Orwellian: Dezinformatsiya or doublespeak, Donald Trump is Orwellian. Here is the Blue Meanie’s record of what happened.
Vladimir Putin: That could be a first step, and we can also extend it. Options abound, and they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.
Jeff Mason: President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?
Putin: Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.–Russia relationship back to normal.
And here’s the key section from the White House transcript, which makes it seem as though Putin is still talking about the Mueller probe:
PRESIDENT PUTIN: That could be a first step, and we can also extend it. Options abound, and they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.
Q: And did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?
PRESIDENT PUTIN: Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.–Russia relationship back to normal.
Another strange wrinkle comes from the Russian government’s English-language transcript of the press conference. In contrast to its footage of the press conference, which features what really happened, the transcript does not include any piece of that key exchange.
All this is indeed Orwellian. AZBlueMeanie quotes some passages from 1984 apropos to the White House’s revision of history.
The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. [Winston Smith’s] heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right.
And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’
Trump, his White House, and the Kremlin understand that all too well.
Donald Trump took this a final step further with his penchant for psychological projection onto his political opponents. Without evidence, Trump claims Russia ‘will be pushing very hard for the Democrats’ in 2018 midterms:
President Trump claimed Tuesday, without evidence, that the Kremlin will support Democrats in the November midterm election, debuting a new line on Russian interference as the uproar over his shifting stances on the issue enters its second week.
Trump made the claim in a late-morning tweet eight days after he held a joint news conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who acknowledged there that he had wanted Trump to win in 2016.