Much like Donald Trump does just about every morning, he spent several hours early Wednesday watching cable news. Sadly, it seems that our current “president’s” daily routine involves getting his “intelligence briefings” from his favorite show, Fox & Friends.
So it wasn’t at all surprising that shortly after Fox & Friends had been discussing a new text exchange between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page where it was implied that Barack Obama was involved in the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton, this “president” sent out the following all-caps, and quite vague, tweet:
NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2018
The most “controversial” aspect of the exchange revolves around one tweet that said:
Yes, because potus [Obama] wants to know everything we are doing.
Naturally, Trump and the rest of the conservative media seized on this out-of-context exchange to claim that this was a “smoking gun” that proved Obama was involved in the FBI’s investigation of Clinton.
Conspiracy! Deep State! Obama was out to get Trump!
Of course, much like we learned the last time Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) took a text message exchange completely out of context, this latest conspiracy was also quickly debunked by those pesky things called facts.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal:
Text messages from 2016 show preparation to brief Barack Obama about Russia’s interference in that year’s election, according to associates of the FBI employees involved in the exchange, not, as a Republican senator suggested, meddling by the then-president in the federal Hillary Clinton email investigation…
[A]ssociates of Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page said that exchange referred to the president’s wanting information on Russia election meddling, which the FBI was heavily involved in over that period. That exchange occurred just days before Mr. Obama met Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in China. Mr. Obama said in December 2016 that he had addressed the issue of tampering with the election process with Mr. Putin at that September meeting.
And there it is.
The “BOMBSHELL” to which Trump was alluding Wednesday morning that was heavily pushed by Fox News and the rest of the conservative media centered around a text exchange between Strzok and Page concerning Obama’s interest in Russia’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.
Though the damage has clearly already been done as millions of conservatives already believe that there’s some “new evidence of an FBI conspiracy against Trump.” I can guarantee everyone reading this that neither Trump, nor the vast majority of the conservative media, will heavily push a retraction to correct the fact that this text was taken completely out of context to push another false narrative.
This is yet another example of how desperate Republicans are becoming to defend Trump against an FBI investigation many of them seem to realize isn’t going to end well for him.
For me it goes back to what I’ve said for a while now, if Donald Trump was truly as innocent as he says he is, then there would be no reason for him, or any of his supporters, to have to resort to attacking or pushing conspiracies against the FBI and those investigating him.