Trump thinks he has found a winning formula, his advisers tell Axios. And he might be right:

The more he trashes Mueller, and the more he trashes the media and the media trashes him, the more Republicans want to have his back.

And the more casual viewers see everything like the Russia probe as messy and muddy, not just Trump.

Our politics are becoming ever more tribal, and his voters are numb to the outrageousness.

It’s arguably the most cynical strategy imaginable. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be successful politically.