The president is passively shifting blame to everyone but him as TrumpCare is rejected by Congress.

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At the realization that his healthcare bill was a failure, Donald Trump had a choice: take it on the chin like a big boy, or start pointing a stubby set of fingers in every other direction. To no surprise, it appears the president chose the latter and effectively threw Paul Ryan under the bus.

No, he never (as of yet) actually blames Paul Ryan using actual intelligible words. Instead, in his typical con-man fashion, he lets the idea build on itself in some sort of low-budget Inception of white, politically-apathetic America.

Let’s examine his moves.

First, we all know of Donald Trump’s deep and unwavering (now that he is president) affection for Fox News, as he has repeatedly and very recently touted the conservative cable news network as being one of if not the only honest and true news outlet out there. In his repetitious “fake news” tirades, he has stoked the flames of skepticism and distrust in his supporters and convinced them to not accept news from any other source.

Second, he needs to show that his house is order, so he pretends that everything is going as planned.

“Don’t worry,” indeed. But he could not stop there, as he knew detractors were set to leap all over this failure as a bane on the already deeply and disturbingly troubled Trump presidency track record, especially seeing as how “repeal and replace” played such a large part in his campaign.

So, third: plant the idea. Mere minutes later, he tweets to his followers to watch Fox News at 9pm. No subtext, no topic. Just….watch.

And there…THERE…on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” host Jeanine Pirro opened her show with a scathing commentary that blasted Paul Ryan’s performance as House Speaker over the healthcare bill’s failure.

She went as far as to call for Ryan to step down due to his disservice to the Trump administration and failure to push through the problematic bill.

“It failed within the first 70 days of President Donald Trump’s administration,” she said, noting immediately after how Trump “made the replacement of Obamacare the hallmark of his campaign and then used valuable political capital to accomplish it.”

“Speaker Ryan, you come in with all your swagger and experience and you sell ’em a bill of goods, which ends up a complete and total failure, and you allow our president in his first 100 days to come out of the box like that, based on what? Your legislative expertise, your knowledge of the arcane ins and outs of the bill writing-process? Your relationships? What? Your drinks at the Hay Adams with your pals?”

Wow. Message: received.

Without having to do the dirty, public work himself, Donald Trump passively yet effectively placed the blame on Paul Ryan. For what other reason would the president Tweet his stoically mysterious call to watch that specific segment at that specific time on that particular network if not to publicize what he already knew would exonerate him in the eyes and ears of his adoring public?

Of course, the Trump Administration has already denied any and all collusion with Fox News, and Pirro herself corroborates their claim of ignorance. According to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Trump’s tweet was due to him only being a fan of Pirro’s show.

“When he tweeted, ‘Watch Judge Jeanine tonight,’ he and I had absolutely no conversation, no discussion, no email, nothing,” agreed Pirro.

Right. If you believe that, I have a certain Kenyan birth certificate to sell you.

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An avid film and literature buff, Raymond is currently an undergraduate student at NYU Tisch School. He maintains that the best of American culture, art and science are ahead of us. His writing tends to focus on Culture, Art and Civil Rights.