The Trump tweet doesn’t assert that there are tapes of his meeting with Jim Comey, it merely throws out the possibility. My thought at the time of Trump’s tweet is that the odds are that there aren’t tapes of that meeting, at least tapes that Trump knows about. My guess was that Trump was tossing out an empty threat, a bluff from a poker player holding a lousy hand. Now Trump is patting himself on the back, telling us how it was so “smart”.
That tweet is a lot of things. Smart isn’t one of them. When I thought of the word “tapes” in the Oval Office, only one name ever leaped to mind, Richard Nixon. Now thanks to Smart Boy, there are two names - Trump and Nixon. Just the company to rush to keep with his campaign and himself under an investigation. Richard Nixon told America “I am not a crook”. America didn’t agree with Nixon’s definition of a “crook”. Nixon resigned in disgrace. Donald Trump said in August of 2106:
“I’ve traveled all across this country laying out my bold and modern agenda for change. In this journey, I will never lie to you. I will never tell you something I do not believe. I will never put anyone’s interests ahead of yours,” so while sometimes I can be too honest, Hillary Clinton is the exact opposite: she never tells the truth. One lie after another, and getting worse each passing day.”
A lie. A lie full of lies.
“I will never put anyone’s interests ahead of yours”. A lie. Where are the tax returns?
In September of 2016, you were forced to admit — after 5 years of peddling Birther bullshit and lying about President Obama’s birth certificate — that President Obama is a citizen, period when it served your interests to ditch the Birther garbage. You’d sewn up the Republican nomination and now being a Birther was getting awkward for the general election.
You claimed to have investigators in Hawaii in 2011, and “they can hardly believe what they are finding”. Yeah, right. Bullshit! You never once offered the results of your “investigators”. You never offered an ounce of evidence when you backtracked on the Birther lie to indicate to your fellow Birther why you were so wrong. What became not “fishy” and “phony” about both the short-form and long-form birth certificates issued by the State of Hawaii in 2008 and in 2011? What suddenly convinced you that the State of Hawaii wasn’t in on some vast conspiracy to make a foreign-born baby a citizen so that one day he would be eligible to run for president as a Democrat?
What’s amusing is Donald Trump thinking that the potential existence of a tape would deter Jim Comey from lying. The actual existence of tapes has never stopped Donald Trump from lying . There are dozens and dozens of examples of Donald Trump lying on tape, on video, in tweets, and in print. Donald Trump alone is virtually lifetime job security for fact-checkers. If I though the presence of a tape would encourage Donald Trump to tell the truth, I would happily chip in to help defray the costs of the tape. I wouldn’t be alone. Instead, Donald Trump kicked everyone out of the room. No tapes. Just Jim Comey’s word against that of Donald Trump.
Unfortunately for poor Donald Trump, that’s a no-win contest. In fact, it’s not even close.