Donald Trump knows lots of things. He knows how to maneuver his grubby little fingers across a phone screen, typing out 140 characters of cognitive excrement at a time. He knows how to bully people for their physical appearance, and how to turn political discourse into a name-calling session. However, he seemingly doesn’t understand what words mean.
This morning, Trump tweeted out “It is now commonly agreed, after many months of COSTLY looking, that there was NO collusion between Russia and Trump. Was collusion with HC!”
Here’s that Tweet:
“Commonly” is an interesting word choice there, as is “agreed.”
First, let’s just point out that collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian agents is well-documented. The question is no longer whether there was collusion – we know as a matter of certainty there was. The question now is whether it was illegal, as well as who broke the law, in which ways, when. Luckily, we have Mueller to sort that all out, and he’s not done looking and documenting. Let’s take this moment to remember that it took a couple years after the investigations started into Watergate – Trump is not nearly out of the woods yet. Given context, his tweet means he’s nervous, almost panicky.
Second, let’s point out some things that really are “commonly agreed” upon:
– 54 percent of Americans believe that Donald Trump unethically or illegally colluded with Russia
– 55 percent think Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian agent signals collusion
– 62 percent of Americans say Trump is not honest
– 54 percent say he’s embarrassing
– 59 percent say he doesn’t care about Americans
– 63 percent say he’s a bad leader
– 71 percent say he’s “not levelheaded”
Something tells me Trump won’t like the data for what people really agree on. As of today, 58 percent of Americans disapprove of the job he’s doing in office.
As for Trump’s statement that it was Hillary who colluded, well, he’s not fooling anybody. Hillary becomes the GOP punching bag whenever there is nowhere else to look. He’s most likely referring to the news which recently broke that it was a law firm with ties to the Hillary campaign who picked up financing the research that went into the infamous Steele dossier after it was dropped by Trump’s Republican primary opponents.
It’s normal for campaigns to do opposition research. It’d be weird if they didn’t. The thing is that they pay for real dirt – not fake news. Who paid for the dossier is not relevant. The veracity of the information contained is, and while many pieces of the dossier have been confirmed, it has yet to be broadly disproven.
Twitter was quick to excoriate Trump over this latest bit of idiocy:
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