During a typical Trump-focused news cycle, today's exclusive New York Times report on the strange $26 million payout from the president's huge inaugural fund to a friend of Melania Trump's would dominate headlines.
But as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow pointed out, it barely made a blip because it was released in the midst of the Parkland school massacre in South Florida, where a 19-year-old with an AR-15 killed at least 17 people yesterday.
"In the aftermath of an event that shakes the country like yesterday's shooting did," she said, "there are political professionals among us with ice water in their veins who look at a tragedy like this and see opportunity. They see opportunity to dodge some of the consequences of unflattering news."
"For some folks in Washington," Maddow continued, "the day after a particularly repulsive massacre of American children is a good time to empty out the hamper, air out the proverbial dirty laundry that you don't particularly want people to focus on too much while they're worried about bigger and more tragic things."
After explaining the Times report that details how the Trump inaugural committee raised more than $100 million, paid a quarter of that to the contractor that typically handles inaugurations and somehow only has roughly two or $3 million left in the bank, Maddow said that it wouldn't be surprising if the story is not further explored as the country continues to grapple with yet another mass shooting.
"Maybe nobody will remember to ask about it," she concluded, "since they snuck the news out in the middle of an all-encompassing, show-stopping national tragedy."
Watch below, via MSNBC: