Everybody heard of the ‘Streisand Effect‘?
The ‘Streisand Effect’ is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, obscure, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information even more widely.
Named after singer Barbra Streisand, who, in her attempt to stop media and the paparazzi from taking photographs of her exclusive cliffside Malibu estate, actually ended up attracting even more attention and notoriety to it and her.
It looks like President Trump has taken a page from Streisand’s playbook.
Trump says he wants the ‘Kremlingate’ investigation to go away, but he keeps on doing and saying things that make ‘Kremlingate’ stay in the headlines and news cycle.
Case in point: on Friday May 12, 2017 Trump tweeted:
Trump’s tweet led many to wonder if Trump had recorded conversations he had with James Comey, the F.B.I. Director he fired on May 9, 2017.
As a result, congress-critters on both sides of the aisle went to the Sunday shows on Mother’s Day 2017 (May 14, 2017) to demand Trump turn over the tapes (if they in fact exist).
If Trump’s intention was to try to make the ‘Kremlingate’ story diminish or go away, his words and actions of late had exactly the opposite effect.
Pick your metaphor – pour gasoline on a fire…poke the hornet’s nest…dig the hole you’re in deeper – Trump bears the lion’s share of responsibility for the political poop-storm he currently finds himself in.
Heckuva, job, Mr. President!