Only a profoundly nervous and guilty man would protest so much, repeatedly sending the same words over Twitter as if sheer repetition could will them into actually being true.
Yet, here is President Trump, again straining the credulity of all but his most ardent followers, tweeting about the Democrats’ attempts to hold him accountable for the documented criminality contained with the pages of the report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
It is a logic-defying tweet that simultaneously negates the believability of the Mueller report by inaccurately accusing the special counsel’s team of being comprised of an ever-increasing number of “Angry Democrats” while also falsely claiming that it found “No Collusion” and “No Obstruction.”
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Trump also manages to slip in a gratuitous insult to John Dean, the former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon who eventually turned into a key witness for the prosecution in the Watergate hearings, after his own felony conviction in the last Republican scandal to inspire calls for impeachment.
….No Obstruction. The Dems were devastated – after all this time and money spent ($40,000,000), the Mueller Report was a disaster for them. But they want a Redo, or Do Over. They are even bringing in @CNN sleazebag attorney John Dean. Sorry, no Do Overs – Go back to work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2019
Democrats have invited Dean to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on the implications of the Mueller Report and what potential actions it could trigger.
Trump’s antipathy towards the former White House lawyer is unsurprising given his description of his former associates who’ve cooperated in the investigations into his obstructive actions as “rats,” using language more typically associated with mob bosses betrayed by their underlings.
The president tells the Democrats “no Do Overs” as if his hopefully pending impeachment were some sort of childhood playground game rather than an issue of national importance with the fate of our democracy at stake.
Yet, Trump simply grants himself a “Do Over” to send the same basic tweet again and again and again and again, utilizing the fascist principle that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will begin to believe it.
Unfortunately for President Trump, another old trope also applies to his penchant for repeatedly and purposefully misrepresenting the facts.
Like the boy who cried “wolf,” when there was no beast to be found anywhere in the vicinity, someone who develops a reputation for untrustworthiness soon finds that no one will believe a single word they say, no matter how much truth their subsequent statements may or may not contain.
Trump passed that point with the majority of the American people a long time ago, and the only people who still believe him now are his core base of unquestioning faithful who are thankfully a minority of the voting public and a smaller segment of the educated populace.
Hopefully, John Dean will help the Democrats move towards impeachment proceedings more quickly than they’ve been acting to date, giving the president the impetus to recycle his tweet yet another time.
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