After Combover Crybaby Donald Trump took up residence in the White House, the crackdown on US Government agencies exercising their First Amendment rights was swift. For instance, Twitter feeds dispensing any information on environmental matters were out: anything like that had to go through the new President’s “scientific advisors”. So climate change would be censored out of existence - well, officially, at least.
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As a result, several Rogue Twitter feeds have sprung into life, one of which is Rogue POTUS Staff, giving anyone who wants to know an insight into the fantasy world of The Donald and his cabal of variously bigoted, intolerant and unhinged hangers-on. As the two leads in a well-known film might have put it, who are those guys? Someone who decided she would find the answer was (thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch.
Ms Mensch may have been removed from heading her own website, the piss-poor Murdoch bankrolled Heat Street, but she is still contributing copy to it. Sensing a story opportunity, but too stupid to know her attempts to get it were futile, she DM’d the Rogue POTUS Staff account “WE would love to feature your story on heatst.com. We would need to verify your identity first but it would stay confidential. Let me know if you’re interested”.
The Rogue POTUS Staff saw her coming: “Sorry, but we won’t reveal our IDs to anyone, period. It’s just too much of a risk”. But this was not enough for Ms Mensch, who, rather than just accept that the people behind the account had good reason for keeping their identities confidential, threw a significantly-sized mardy strop in response.
“OK pinning; @RoguePOTUSStaff is run by Bannon and is an attempt at disinfo. Defended #Putin #Assad troll Gabbard. Unfollow them all” she ranted. Very few people took any notice. So she upped the ante with “This is the pro-Putin / Assad account that Bannon trolls @RoguePOTUSStaff retweeted with antisemitic hashtag (two pics)”. Yes, with Ms Mensch, accusations of anti-Semitism are never far away.
This, too, was a waste of time and space. As Rogue POTUS Staff said in response, “Speaking of disinfo, @LouiseMensch just trying to pressure us to out ourselves after refusing to do so … Enough @LouiseMensch . Why don't you tell the truth, that you're angry at us for not divulging our IDs for your website. THAT is Bannon-esque”.
Their stance was the right one, for several reasons. One, the Trump White House team is deeply paranoid, and vindictive with it. Two, Louise Mensch works for Rupert Murdoch, whose organisation runs Trump fan outlet Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) - no way should anyone give one of Murdoch’s VPs info useful to the Trump team.
Three, as observers of Murdoch machinations in the UK well know, their management betrayed scores of supposedly confidential sources to the Police in order to take the heat off themselves and avoid a corporate prosecution. Would the Murdoch mafiosi do that again in order to get an in with The Donald? You bet they would.
And Four, as Louise Mensch’s former fellow MPs will tell anyone who wants to know, she cannot be trusted not to go blabbing to the Murdochs. The Rogue POTUS Staff people were absolutely right to decline her invitation. And long may they Tweet.