Disgraced former FBI lawyer Lisa Page attempted — along with her boyfriend, Peter Strzok, who was married to someone else while having an affair with her — a virtual coup against the United States.
Yet Page is upset that President Donald Trump made a remark about her romantic relationship at a campaign rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this past Tuesday night.
In mock sympathy for Strzok, the president said during his rally to thousands of supporters, “This poor guy. Did I hear that he needed a restraining order after this whole thing to keep him away from Lisa? That’s what I heard. I don’t know if it’s true.”
“The ‘fake news’ will never report it, but it could be true,” the president added.
Page tweeted her revulsion about those comments on Wednesday.
Here’s what she wrote.
This is a lie. Nothing like this ever happened.
I wish we had a president who knew how to act like one. SAD!https://t.co/7YQaQRxWzu
— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) December 11, 2019
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There is no record — at least as of this moment — of a restraining order filed by Page against Strzok.
But anyone, perhaps excluding Page, who watched the president’s remarks at his rally — as this analyst did — could hear Trump’s sarcastically comic tone. Many also know of the president’s habit of indulging in hyperbole and needling humor during his rallies.
So for her to use this obvious joke as a cudgel for public relations advantage in a dispute with the president of the United States is the act of someone who needs to rethink her strategy.
This also isn’t the first time Page has been agitated at the president for his comments about her. Earlier this month, she said in a tweet, “My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.”
Perhaps Page should consider a number of other things that are sickening to so many of us.
It is nauseating that a heretofore respected institution such as the FBI could be brought so low in public esteem by her actions and the actions of others.
It is sick-inducing that she has so little respect for democracy or for the considered decision of the American people that she and her lover attempted to impose the will of a small D.C. insider cabal on the entire nation.
And it is truly sickening that she has shown no remorse, no regrets, for her actions against the Constitution that she swore to protect and against the very country that trusted her with a federal badge.
Page now tries one of the oldest rules in crisis management: She makes an effort to change the subject.
She takes one comic line in one speech — and tries to gain public sympathy by challenging the veracity of a joke.
Another crisis management rule she seems to have forgotten is this one.
When changing the subject, do not reference the initial problem to a large and whining degree — or it will just remind the public why you are in deep trouble in the first place and also cast yourself as a self-appointed martyr.