August 18, 2022

Trump just responded to his lawyer’s sentencing with a desperate, delusional tweetstorm

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The public unraveling of Donald Trump is as an unsettling sight as any in American history. With Special Counsel Robert Mueller closing in and more and more Trump cronies being sent to jail, the president is growing more paranoid, more desperate.


He knows his long life of crime and predation is finally catching up with him and he’s helpless to do anything about it. Instead, he just hunches over his phone and sends out pathetic tweets, trying to convince himself that everything will turn out all right as his administration crumbles.

Today, Trump went on a binge of rapid-fire tweeting, presumably precipitated by yesterday’s news that his longtime attorney turned cooperating witness, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison. If anyone knows the ins and outs of Trump’s criminal empire, it’s Cohen. The fact that he has already implicated Trump in felonies seems to indicate that this is far from the end of the president’s woes.

The river of sludge that is Trump latest tweetstorm started with him insisting that he never told Cohen to break the law and that if he did the break the law it was all the attorney’s fault. He then alluded to numerous, probably non-existent, “campaign finance lawyers” who he claims have exonerated him.

Trump then proceeded to ramble for a bit, as he is apt to do…

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Then, he trotted out a laughable conspiracy theory: that Cohen agreed to plead guilty to some charges to “embarrass the president and get a much-reduced prison sentence.” In reality, Cohen didn’t get a reduced sentence for admitting to things he didn’t do, he got it because he provided useful, credible information to investigators.

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Next, Trump pivoted to talk about disgraced, treacherous former National Security Michael Flynn, concocting a convoluted excuse for why Flynn cut a deal. The president tried to paint the plea deal as the FBI giving Flynn a lesser sentence because of the “way he was treated.” Of course, it’s far more likely that Flynn got the deal he did because he spilled everything he knew about Russian collusion.

Trump ended the storm with one of his favorite recurring tweets: “Witch Hunt!” Clearly, he is running out of excuses and, more even more tellingly, things to tweet.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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