Donald Trump has never been one to let it slip that things are getting to him. Rather, he prefers to maintain an attitude that everything is going to be okay, no matter how badly he screws up. In truth, everything might turn out okay in various situations for Trump himself, but not for the people he’s supposed to be looking out for, be they employees or the people of the United States.
On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter — as he so often does — to rant about the Russia scandal, but his choice of words is very noteworthy. Quite simply, he let it slip that the whole thing is getting to him, writing:
‘As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!’
As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2017
Note how he says that the “Russian Witch Hunt” is “taking hold” — in other words, it’s getting to him.
The Russia scandal has, in recent weeks, definitely taken a turn towards the more personal for the president, with his own son being drawn into the controversy. A series of explosive New York Times reports from earlier this month revealed that Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner all met with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya for the purpose of getting Russian government-sourced dirt from her on Hillary Clinton.
Trump has taken the news of his son’s involvement in all of this very personally, coming to his defense multiple times and always trying to paint his son as basically nothing other than a naive little boy. Trump Jr. will be testifying privately before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. He was going to testify publicly, but then he — and Manafort — struck a deal with the committee.
It’s worth noting that these developments are what prompted Trump to say that the Russia issue was “taking hold,” and not any of the other developments that have taken place over the past six or so months. For instance, Trump didn’t say that the Russia issue was “taking hold” after an array of his closest associates, from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to (former) National Security Adviser Michael Flynn were outed as having lied about meeting with Russian officials. Nope, when those things came out, Trump just effectively kicked them to the curb and dismissed the whole thing.
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