Much debate has swirled in recent days about Trump’s sudden Twitter attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which some members of Congress, even Republicans, believe may be an indication that he’s eager to fire him. Even members of Trump’s own party have said this would be a red line for Trump to cross.
On Wednesday, Trump was back to the attacks, although he threw in a couple of other topics first.
His tweet about the bombings in Austin and Houston marks his first mention of the frightening and tragic deaths there. Trump has never tweeted or expressed any concern or sympathy for the victims there. All of the intended targets have been black or Latino.
After his nonchalant mention of the bombings with no thoughts or prayers offered to the victims, Trump pivoted back to his racist roots on the topic of scary brown people flooding over the Mexico/U.S. border to smuggle drugs, rape American women, and kill everyone. Trump has turned back to his campaign focus of feeding his rabid fan base’s bigotry, ranting about criminal immigrants on Tuesday.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 21, 2018
Then, the true subject on Trump’s mind became clear once again. He is angry and anxious about the investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russian government operatives and two new pieces of that investigation seem to have spurred his sudden attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Republican deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. First, Mueller issued a subpoena to force the Trump organization to turn over documents regarding the president’s past financial dealings, which Trump has stated publicly would be crossing the line for him.
Second, Mueller sent Trump a list of questions he intends to ask during their interview, which have most likely made clear to the president what the focus of the investigation and alleged crimes are. After nearly a year of avoiding any public criticism of Mueller himself (although he has ranted about the investigation repeatedly), Trump suddenly went on the attack immediately following that subpoena and list of questions in an attempt to discredit the team of investigators as well as the intelligence community.
It’s not surprising that Fox News contributor Alan Dershowitz would support Trump’s assertion that there is “no collusion” as well as his attempts to malign Mueller. Not only are Trump and Dershowitz longtime friends since well before Trump’s presidential run, Fox News has pushed every talking point the president ever uttered or tweeted. On Tuesday, an email obtained by Buzzfeed showed that even some of Fox News’s contributors are beginning to see the light on the purpose of the “news network.”
Retired Lieutenant Ralph Peters quit as a contributor to the network in spectacular fashion recently, explaining in an email to his colleagues that he no longer wishes to be associated with Trump’s “propaganda machine.”
‘When prime-time hosts–who have never served our country in any capacity–dismiss facts and empirical reality to launch profoundly dishonest assaults on the FBI, the Justice Department, the courts, the intelligence community (in which I served) and, not least, a model public servant and genuine war hero such as Robert Mueller–all the while scaremongering with lurid warnings of “deep-state” machinations– I cannot be part of the same organization, even at a remove. To me, Fox News is now wittingly harming our system of government for profit.’
Twitter users agreed, and they let Trump know that there is no escape from this investigation. See some of their comments below:
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