This is just something we should all expect in the years ahead as we get used to living under an authoritarian strongman as President. I am not in anyway sure this was part of any kind of tactical plan although I wouldn’t discount it either. Opportunistic yes. But I am not ready to give the Bannon-Trump Team that much credit for strategic thinking.
The president-elect is learning to use healthy dissent to his advantage, and that’s terrifying. On Friday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence took a break from vetting white nationalists and voter suppressors for high-level White House jobs to enjoy a nice evening at the theater, taking in a performance of Hamilton in New York City.