Donald Trump is empowered to say and do many of the completely ridiculous things he does largely because he’s supported by millions of people who don’t hold him accountable for anything. There are so many things Trump has done which his supporters make excuses for that they’d never let any politician they opposed get away with.
For instance, his ridiculous, and continued, defense of his March 4th Twitter meltdown where he accused President Obama of ordering the wiretapping of Trump Tower, despite the fact Congress has said there’s absolutely no evidence that this happened.
Here’s what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said on Thursday:
The intelligence committees in their continuing, widening ongoing investigation of all things Russia, got to the bottom, at least so far with respect to our intelligence community, that no such wiretap existed.
Ryan also went on to tell CNN’s Wolf Blitzer the House had “not seen any evidence that there was a wiretap or a FISA court order against Trump Tower or somebody in Trump Tower.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee chair Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also released a statement on Thursday declaring “based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”
For those playing at home, that’s the Republican leader of the House of Representatives and the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee saying that there’s absolutely zero evidence to back up Trump’s asinine tweets from earlier this month.
So, case closed, right? Of course not. Despite Congress being briefed by our intelligence agencies about this, Trump’s still insisting it happened.
But that’s not even the dumbest part of all of this.
After keeping mostly quiet about this since his little outburst, and refusing to cite where he supposedly found this so-called evidence that Obama ordered surveillance against him, during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Trump finally claimed that his “source” was an article from the New York Times. You know, a newspaper which he has claimed is “fake news.”
Because it certainly helps Trump’s credibility (not that he has any with rational human beings) when he cites a source he constantly says publishes “fake news” to support one of the most outrageous conspiracies he’s ever pushed. Furthermore, the article he’s referencing doesn’t say anything about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower. He either didn’t read the article or he lacks even an elementary-level reading comprehension.
This all comes after Trump tried to spin what he said, sending his White House Press Secretary out to claim that he never specifically meant “wiretapping,” just surveillance in general. In other words, Trump’s taking the stance that he has the ability to completely change the meaning of his literal words by claiming that they didn’t mean exactly what he said.
That’s like me telling a waiter I really want a hamburger, then after being served one, claiming that I didn’t literally mean I wanted a hamburger, I just meant that I was hungry in a “generalized sense.” Then getting angry at the waiter and demanding that they read my mind to figure out what I really want to eat.
It’s all so ludicrous.
We’re legitimately looking at what happens when a wannabe dictator is elected to lead a country where they don’t have near complete autonomy to get away with practically anything they want. Under a typical dictatorship, everyone under Trump would simply fall in line with whatever he wants people to believe is true.
However, since our Constitution prevents him from being the dictator he truly wants to be, he simply can’t say or do whatever he wants without being questioned and/or asked for proof to back up something he’s said.
Which brings us to what we’re seeing now. This is a situation where:
- No credible media outlet can find any evidence supporting his wiretapping conspiracy.
- The Speaker of the House, who also happens to be from his own party, has said there’s no evidence that this ever happened.
- The Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan, joint-statement declaring that they’ve found no proof that Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower.
Yet Donald Trump and his administration continue to insist that it happened — while still not providing a single shred of evidence to prove anything they say is true.
In all my years following politics, I’ve seen and heard many outlandish things. That being said, this situation is right near the top of my list for one of the dumbest things I’ve ever witnessed.
All because the massive ego of a mentally unhinged buffoon won’t allow him to say three simple words: I was wrong.
This country is being led by someone who proves on practically a daily basis that he’s a dangerous, mentally unstable embarrassment to this country.