Pelosi is trying to pin this on Republicans, in 2017, over the Kavanaugh hearings. But, of course, she is an expert on it:
You smear somebody with falsehoods and all the rest and then you merchandise it.
And then you write it and they’ll say: ‘See? It’s reported in the press that, this, this, this and this’, so they have that validation that the press reported the smear and then it’s called the wrap-up smear.
“Now I going to merchandise the press report on the smear that we made.’ And it’s a tactic.
The 45th President of the United States has probably endured more baseless smears than the previous ten presidents combined. …
The latest is just about perfect, so far as smears go. And that’s one of its problems. It’s too well-crafted and precisely aimed to be credible.
It reeks of design.
According to a widely-circulated article in US magazine The Atlantic, Trump described American WWI soldiers in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery as “suckers” and “losers” during his 2018 visit to France.
“Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers,” the magazine alleged Trump told aides before cancelling a planned trip.
For a smear to work, it needs to strike at a politician’s base. Trump’s patriotic supporters revere the fallen and the serving military.
But a successful smear also needs a believable source. Or, for that matter, even an identifiable source. Of the four sources cited by The Atlantic, not a single one is named. …
Another flaw: Trump allegedly said this in 2018, two years after he’d been elected. … Let’s suppose, just for the fun of it, that Trump did in fact disrespect fallen US soldiers. Given how inflammatory those comments were, how come they did not emerge earlier?