As he prepares for what promises to be a contentious G-7 summit amid rising tensions from his misguided trade war, Trump has taken to Twitter to decry what other than the special counsel’s investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice.
Isn’t it Ironic? Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea & the Nuclear Problem…But back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018
The president attempted to frame the fact that he’s doing his job – albeit poorly, by levying tariffs in the face of advice from economists – as some type of tenuous rationale as to why there should not be a special counsel’s investigation. Using his typical branded epithet, Trump is trying his hardest to frame the independent probe – which has already resulted in a stunning 22 indictments and 5 guilty pleas – as a partisan “witch hunt.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saw his desperate pandering to his base and gave a quote from the Swedish-American poet Carl Sandburg that sums up perfectly the president’s tactics.
“If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.” -Carl Sandburg https://t.co/KuxihoXADX
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 7, 2018
Obviously, with neither facts nor the law on his side, Trump is relying on obfuscating both by “pounding the table and yelling like hell.” His hope is that by constantly complaining, thereby drumming up fury from his base and mouthpieces at Fox News, he will be able to win in the court of public opinion and render Mueller’s inevitably damning decision unreliable.
Of course, Trump’s shady tactics are about as subtle as a heart attack, and while there are those that are willing to stake their reputations on his, most Americans are privy to the shameful disinformation campaign he has launched.
Americans know the law. Americans know the facts. And Americans know when someone is just yelling desperately into thin air to save himself.