This morning, before embarking on a trip from Washington, D.C. to Long Island, New York, President Trump granted reporters one of his signature alphabet soup interviews which never technically goes off-the-rails because they’re not on a track to begin with.
Reporters inquired about the most recent conspiracy theory he’s pushing via Twitter, that someone in the “Deep State” planted a spy in his presidential campaign. In reality, the FBI spoke to an informant who had contacts with the Trump campaign because the bureau had evidence that there was criminal activity going on.
In other words, the Trump campaign wasn’t being spied on, they were being investigated because they were acting incredibly suspicious. It wasn’t a partisan scheme, it was a law enforcement operation.
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Trump was asked to provide evidence that big brother peeked at his presidential campaign, which of course he cannot do because he has none. Whenever backed into such a corner, a seasoned Fox News consumer such as Trump has only two scapegoats to vindicate him: Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
Trump chose to go after his predecessor, after insisting that James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, “sort of admitted they had spies in the campaign” (spoiler alert: Clapper did no such thing).
“Well, I don’t want to get into it yet, but I will tell you, after we… look at the proof, would he know? I would certainly hope not. But I think its gonna be pretty obvious after a while.”
When Ronny Jackson signed off on Trump’s bill of health, he had to have been talking about his verbal gymnastics. This response is a mere three sentences in length but reads like a last-minute college essay after one-too-many 5-Hour Energy shots.
Trump tried to change the subject, pivoting to his other hot topic of the minute: the MS-13 gang. He announced to reporters that he was on his way to Long Island to meet with the “great police officers” to discuss the gang. He then inquired whether any of the press would be joining him in New York. “It’s gonna be very exciting,” he said.
“Exciting” is an interesting choice of words to describe a conversation about the gang he called animals just last week, but considering Trump is basically a mob boss himself it would absolutely make sense that he enjoys discussing gang violence.
The distraction didn’t hold, as a reporter brought Trump back to task with a question about his efforts to “undercut” the Justice Department after a slew of tweets and public comments made deriding the organizations.
“No, no, we’re not undercutting – we’re cleaning everything up. This was a terrible situation. What we’re doing is we’re cleaning everything up. It’s so important. What I’m doing is a service to this country.”
Trump has doubled back to his “I and I alone” declarations from the campaign trail, probably to leverage the same message for the midterm season. Also possibly because he’s a senile old man who never truly stopped campaigning. He closed the segment by doing what Trump does best – celebrating Trump, and patting himself on the back for doing something from which only he benefited.
“And I did a great service to this country by firing James Comey,” he begins because he needs us all to remember there was nothing suspicious about that decision and that the whole country is better off for it. It’s worth noting that many believe his firing of Comey, which he later admitted he did to stop the Russia investigation, constituted obstruction of justice.
When a reporter attempted to get clarification, Trump cut them off. “Excuse me,” he interjected, before rolling right back into defense mode.
“A lot of people have said it. You go into the FBI and a lot of those great people working in the FBI, they will tell you, I did a great service to our country by firing James Comey.”
Take a look at the clip, embedded below:
Trump suggests Obama was responsible for "orchestrating" the "spying" on his campaign pic.twitter.com/AQdX7QhDwR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 23, 2018