One senior White House official recently outlined the three rules of Trump for a group of reporters: When you’re right, you fight. Controversy elevates message. And never apologize. All of these rules have survived his time in office, if in slightly more modest forms. After bringing new levels of combativeness to the political process, “the only way you survive is to be combative,” Trump says now. “I’ll read stories in the New York Times that are so one-sided. Hey, I know when I am successful. I know victory.”
Of course, the statement that it’s Trump who’s “bringing new levels of combativeness to the political process” is 200-proof horeshit – he’s just responding to the left’s off-their-meds attacks on him – but the three rules are good, especially the first and last.