Reporter: “What is the crime exactly that you’re accusing [President Obama] of?”
President Trump: “You know what the crime. The crime is very obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.” pic.twitter.com/vpvy2VlKqc
— The Hill (@thehill) May 11, 2020
Did that make sense to anyone?
Courtesy of Vox:
Hours after Trump posted a string of tweets and retweets about “Obamagate” — a new conspiracy theory that holds Obama responsible for masterminding the Russia investigation and railroading former Trump administration National Security Adviser Michael Flynn into a guilty plea for lying to the FBI (never mind that there’s no evidence of investigatory misconduct) — Philip Rucker of the Washington Post called Trump’s bluff.
“In one of your Mother’s Day tweets, you appeared to accuse President Obama of ‘the biggest political crime in American history, by far’ — those were your words. What crime exactly are you accusing President Obama of committing, and do you believe the Justice Department should prosecute him?” Rucker asked, during a news conference that was ostensibly about the coronavirus.
Trump had nothing.
“Uh, Obamagate. It’s been going on for a long time,” he began. “It’s been going on from before I even got elected, and it’s a disgrace that it happened, and if you look at what’s gone on, and if you look at now, all this information that’s being released — and from what I understand, that’s only the beginning — some terrible things happened, and it should never be allowed to happen in our country again.”
Of course, “Obamagate” does not involve a crime, and there’s no evidence that Obama or his top officials conspired against Trump — quite the opposite. So when Rucker pressed the point by asking what exactly the ostensible crime was, Trump resorted to smears.
“You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.”
Of course, there is no crime. Trump just wants to tweet out hashtags that insinuate that something criminal has happened in order to change the narrative and deflect criticism away from him and onto former President Obama.
He is also hoping that this will cause people to doubt that the criminal cases against his associates are valid because they will believe that a corrupt Obama Administration could have targeted them for purely political reasons.
However, the facts are that Obama is as squeaky clean as they get and that there is virtually no evidence that the investigations of Trump’s associates were driven by politics or a desire to sabotage his presidency.