Since facts aren’t usually on their side, a common tactic used by Republicans is to try to discredit those who are telling the truth about them and their dishonest talking points. Whether it’s claiming media bias or, as we’ve seen recently, claiming that there’s a “deep state” working against Donald Trump, Republicans spend most of their time attempting to undermine credible sources to cast doubt on facts that often prove counterproductive to their propaganda.
It’s a classic tactic used by your typical conspiracy theorist. If reality doesn’t support your agenda, then do whatever you can to make people doubt reality.
This is exactly what we’re seeing from Republicans when it comes to the on-going investigations into whether or not Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia or committed any other possible crimes. They’re not trying to prove that the four people linked to Trump’s campaign, two of whom have pled guilty to lying to the FBI about their communication with Russia, aren’t, in fact, guilty of lying to federal authorities. They’re not trying to prove that Trump’s eldest son didn’t meet with Russians during a secret meeting in June 2016 to get “dirt on Hillary Clinton.” They’re not really even trying to prove that Trump didn’t try to obstruct justice when he fired James Comey.
In fact, as far as I can tell, there hasn’t been any effort by Trump, or anyone on the right, to actually prove that any of the evidence we know about thus far isn’t valid and credible.
That was the point NBC News’ Chuck Todd made during a back and forth exchange with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) when the lawmaker suggested that the FBI might be out to get Trump.
“Let me ask you this in the reverse,” Todd said. “If this were a Democrat being investigated, why do I have a feeling you’d be sitting here saying, ‘Boy they seem to be so concerned about the investigators.’ It’s almost as if they are afraid of the facts that are being found. The disputes over this seem to be about the fact finders and not the facts. It’s sort of like, you don’t like where the facts are going so you question. It’s basically Johnnie Cochran’s O.J. Simpson defense.”
The two points Todd made here were spot-on.
He’s absolutely right that if a president from the Democratic Party were behaving similar to how Trump has acted, Republicans would be having a field day. They’d be using the word “impeach” on a daily basis, pointing to the behavior as a clear sign of guilt, and ripping into anybody pushing conspiracies against U.S. intelligence and the Department of Justice.
Todd’s also spot-on when he says that Republicans aren’t trying to discredit the facts being discovered, just those who are discovering them.
As I pointed out earlier, they’re not trying to defend the four men linked to Trump who’ve been indicted. They’re not trying to prove the secret meeting with Russians was completely innocent. They’re simply attacking the people who are reporting about the facts that are being presented.
That’s what this “secret memo” nonsense is all about. It’s not a credible memo written by some non-partisan person with evidence of some sort of wrongdoing. It was written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) with the clear agenda of trying to undermine the credibility of the FBI, Mueller, and anyone investigating Trump.
The sad part is, this is all going to get much worse. The closer Robert Mueller and the FBI get to Donald Trump, the more desperate this “president” and those pushing conspiracies to defend him are going to become.
Watch the conversation below via NBC: