- Democrats were on message within minutes: special prosecutor, constitutional crisis, Nixonian. Republicans did not have a coherent response.
- This left Trump exposed in a way that horrified his officials, and the White House response was so weak that Trump took to Twitter as his own crisis communications manager.
- From a White House official: “it’s insane. The whole thing is just insane.”
- The big takeaway: how exposed White House officials and Trump confidants felt. They didn’t have the information, the preparation, the tools, to defend the President.
The big questions: Where were the surrogates who could defend Trump’s decision? Jason Miller and Kellyanne Conway were “one-man flak jackets,” per multiple people, but where were the law enforcement and AG surrogates? HaTTiP