In the story of the Russia scandal, President Donald Trump will probably never let go of the idea that he’s the victim here, no matter the facts. Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar mocked that concept this week, comparing Trump’s claims of harassment to the actual harassment that she has lived through and has culminated in a number of death threats that have led to more than one arrest.
Thursday morning, as a redacted version of the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was only hours away, Trump shouted on Twitter:
It’s a phrase he’s used multiple times before as an apparent attempt at a “zinger” against his political opponents or something.
‘No thanks, just lived through one!’
It’s true — recently, Trump singled out Omar for virulent public criticism. After conservatives far and wide freaked out over her effort to distance Muslims at large from the perpetrators of the 9/11 terror attacks, Trump tweeted a video for all the world to see of Omar’s remarks interspersed with footage from the attacks themselves, thereby turning the deaths of thousands of Americans into a political football to throw at an opponent.
The video seemed designed to stir up outrage against Omar through its sheer shock value, and it worked — the Congresswoman has shared she faced a spike in death threats after it went up. At least two people to have gone after her have already been arrested, although both before the video — one Coast Guard lieutenant included her in his targets for wide-ranging domestic terrorism, and a New York man called her office with a threat to “put a bullet in her fucking skull.”
The developing situation raised such concern that Capitol Police were dispatched to help Omar’s family with safety.
The Russia scandal has included little to nothing along those lines for Trump. Although he has completely ignored the mountains of evidence that piled up against him, they haven’t disappeared. It doesn’t just vanish into thin air because Trump refuses to look at it.
His campaign has been documented to have “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts,” and they occasionally sought to ramp up the pace of their benefits through means like Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump shill Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) went on the cable news circuit this week with the claim that the Trump team refused the “forbidden fruit” of Russian help, and that’s just not true. Trump Jr. said he “loved” the idea.
None of that goes away because Jordan contorts himself into a pretzel of lies or Trump tweets until we all just tune him out.
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