Trump’s Weekend Tweet Tirade Was Reckless. Here’s Why…
On Saturday morning, President Trump unleashed a Twitter firestorm, accusing former President Obama of committing a crime on par with Watergate:
Trump was predictably unhinged on Twitter:
No doubt, these are very serious charges. For a sitting president to allege a former president of such wrongdoing, surely he must have some serious evidence to back up his claims, right?
Trump’s allegations (which FBI director James Comey asked Justice to refute) were based on claims made by provocateur (and talk radio firebrand), Mark Levin. These arguments were later summarized (and promoted on) — where else? — Breitbart.
But even Breitbart doesn’t claim — as President Trump did — that Obama personally ordered illegal wiretapping of Trump.
Instead, they argue: “The Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign.” They further speculate that government agencies under Obama monitored Team Trump “when no evidence of wrongdoing was found.” (Note, speculation that there’s “no evidence” is just that — speculation.)
Neither Trump nor Breitbart or Levin’s argument is based on any new evidence. They are spinning reports over the last year that have (legitimately) questioned Trump’s ties to Russia.
Moreover, they are employing a clever deflection tactic to put themselves back on offense (instead of perpetual defense).
For a sitting president to throw out such an incendiary (and, quite possibly libelous) claim devoid of even an inkling of substantiation isn’t just unpresidential — it’s totally reckless! And, the potential consequences are far reaching.
It seems this administration — at the behest of alleged “shadow president” and self-proclaimed Leninist, Steve Bannon — is successfully making good on Bannon’s well-known ambitions to “destroy the state.” Channeling Lenin, Bannon repeated claims, “[Destroying the state is] my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down…”
Bannon (who seems particularly adroit at manipulating his “blunt instrument,” President Trump) seems to be handily achieving his stated aims. From our intelligence agencies to the judiciary, he’s successfully undermining Americans’ confidence in virtually every one of our institutions.
Curiously, who else shares Bannon’s goals of sowing confusion while undermining confidence in Western democratic insitutions? Vladimir Putin, of course.
Whether or not evidence proves collusion between Team Trump and Russia, what does it matter if they are working towards parallel objectives? The latter should concern us even more!
This won’t end well.
I had some hope after Trump’s joint address to Congress last Tuesday that perhaps Trump was finally learning to become presidential. Well, that was wishful thinking.
How does the saying go?
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
How many times do we have to be fooled?