U.S. President Donald Trump does not take kindly to anything he perceives as a slight. The Russia investigation, for instance, has been a favorite target of his. He’s sought to undercut it at every possible turn because its existence calls the legitimacy of his presidency into question.
Along these lines, a Trump meltdown over Friday news of his old lawyer Michael Cohen could be expected, and now it’s here. Early Saturday, the president took to Twitter and wrote:
‘Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!’
He prefaces his whining about Cohen having taped him with a claim that the government broke into a lawyer’s office because of raids carried out on the former Trump lawyer’s home, office, and hotel room earlier this year. The “Trump tapes” were obtained by the government at that time. To be clear, though, Cohen himself has countered a past claim from the president that the government “broke in,” saying that investigators were courteous and he cooperated with them.
Shortly after those raids, a government criminal investigation into Cohen for crimes including possible campaign finance law violation was revealed. One of the driving forces behind the raids and the investigation is Cohen’s past role as Trump’s “fixer,” which led him at times to seek to quell negative stories about the man who is now president — through means including hush money.
That’s the broad topic touched on in the tape of a conversation between Cohen and Trump that was revealed Friday. The two men can be heard discussing the possibility of buying up the story of former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Trump. At the time of the conversation, the story’s rights were owned by the Trump aligned media company AMI. They’ve since reverted back to McDougal herself after she successfully got out of her agreement with AMI, which had proved intent on killing her story.
Although Cohen never actually bought the rights from AMI, he did pay hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who also says she had an affair with Trump. Both women’s stories are included in the focus of the government criminal investigation into Cohen, who the president has tried to distance himself from. The Friday revelation of tapes Cohen made of conversations with Trump helps prove how hard it would be for him to actually do that.
Still, through it all Trump maintains himself as “your favorite president.” What kind of self obsession is required for a commander-in-chief who you’d hope would be levelheaded to refer in all apparent seriousness to themselves that way? Other presidents, on a tangible level, have had higher approval ratings than him; he’s not operating on that level, though. He’s intentionally lost in a fairy tale of his own making, while the lives of millions of people still stand to be affected by his decisions anyway.
Check out Twitter’s response to him below.
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