Desperate Donald Trump Promotes Insane FOX-Fueled Obama Conspiracy
The President was Clearly Watching ‘Fox and Friends’ when he Pushed Yet Another Obama-Spy Conspiracy
Poor President Trump. He just can’t kick his infatuation with former President Barack Obama. The man threw himself into the political ring by promoting a racially charged myth about the former president’s birthplace. Not long after taking office, he proclaimed falsehoods about Obama tapping his phones. And now, after enjoying his breakfast with his daily dose of ego-stroking from “Fox and Friends”, he’s slinging another nonsensical conspiracy theory about Obama interfering with the Trump 2016 campaign:
Yes, there is a glaring typo, in CAPS LOCK, in the middle of the tweet, as we’ve become accustomed to. Almost an hour later, he took the original one down and replaced it with the correct spelling of “EMBEDDED“. Unfortunately, that’s the only thing he changed.
The basis of these outlandish claims comes from, ironically, the publication that the president frequently and lovingly calls “failing”, The New York Times. In a deep-dive into the origins of the investigation, the Times mentioned that:
The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said. That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump’s allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials.
The in-depth report was over 3,600 words, but “Fox and Friends” anchor Brian Kilmeade and analyst Andrew McCarthy (former prosecutor, not he of “St. Elmo’s Fire” fame) got hung up on only those 68. McCarthy went so far as to offer a first-class bowl of word salad in declaring that there is “Probably” no doubt. To most people with an understanding of the English language, there is no ambiguity about the phrase “no doubt” — a qualifier like “probably” lends itself to the possibility of doubt. But this is Fox News. And this is Trump’s base. Details like that matter little.
The investigation makes no reference or implication about any embedded informants whatsoever, it’s McCarthy and Kilmeade who make that leap. If they were to read just another paragraph in the story, they’d have found out that:
Looking back, some at the Justice Department and the F.B.I. now believe that agents could have been more aggressive. They ultimately interviewed Mr. Papadopoulos in January 2017 and managed to keep it a secret, suggesting they could have done so much earlier.
As the Senate Intelligence Committee Report published this week backs up, there was plenty of reason to suspect that Russia was meddling in the election procedures with the intent of getting Trump elected. This was no conspiracy. This was law enforcement at the highest level doing its job. But you won’t hear Kilmeade or any of the other trumpeters on “Fox and Friends” mention that.
Also, for those keeping score at home, this is the fourth time Trump has declared something to be “bigger” than Watergate. Like most Republicans, he considered the fully-investigated Benghazi tragedy to be as such. He also declared the same about the aforementioned phone tapping lie. And of course, the decision to start the Russian investigation in the first place.
One can only wonder how long it will be until we wake up to a tweet directing the DOJ to investigate how President Obama faked the moon landing.
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