Friday morning Donald Trump went on what seems to be his favorite show, Fox & Friends, to do what he almost always does — distort the truth, lie, and pander to people who are gullible enough to still believe anything and everything he says.
Eventually he was asked about the non-existent tapes he threatened former head of the FBI James Comey with on Twitter a few weeks ago, and in true Trump fashion, he refused to admit he lied when he sent that tweet out.
“Well I didn’t tape him. You never know what’s happening when you see that the Obama administration and perhaps longer than that was doing all of this unmasking and surveillance, and you read all about it,” Trump said.
That’s complete bullshit.
According to Comey, Trump’s the one who always arranged these instances where they were alone together. From the private dinner meeting he set up, to ordering other administration officials out of the Oval Office, there was never any instance where any person who might be “out to get Trump” would have known to place any sort of recording.
But I don’t even need to break things down that far, because that never happened — period. This is Trump evoking Barack Obama’s name (like he does often with Hillary Clinton as well) so that his naive supporters are distracted from realizing how full of crap he is.
Barack Obama never… ever ordered any sort of illegal or unconstitutional surveillance of Trump. The only way that could have happened was if a FISA court was presented with enough evidence of possible criminal activity to approve such a warrant. That wouldn’t have come from Obama, but rather the intelligence community. Furthermore, the whole “unmasking” thing — which I’m confident Trump still has no idea what the word actually means — has absolutely nothing to do with any of this.
Then Trump’s drivel got much worse.
In a desperate attempt to continue to slander Comey, Trump suggested that his public threat against the former FBI director led to him changing his story.
“But when he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows, I think his story may have changed. I mean, you’ll have to take a look at that,” Trump stated. “Because then he has to tell what actually took place at the events, and my story didn’t change. My story was always a straight story. My story was always the truth. But you’ll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed.”
That, ladies and gentlemen, is called an incoherent word salad.
This was Trump really trying to claim that he sent out this threat hoping that it would force Comey to tell the truth — but then he claimed that basically everything he said was a lie. All the while professing that his story never changed. Except, his story on why he fired Comey has changed. Then Trump and his administration spent the last few weeks avoiding directly answering whether or not these tapes existed in what seems like stalling in order to come up with this asinine excuse regarding that tweet.
Going a step further, this excuse doesn’t make a shred of sense because it’s not remotely rational for Comey to have “changed his story.” If Comey lied about what he and Trump discussed, and Trump ended up having these tapes to prove “the truth,” then the former FBI director would have been busted lying under oath — which is a serious crime. So, if anything, if Comey feared what Trump may have on these recordings, he would have likely not testified, or would have been far less detailed about what the two discussed.
Obviously Comey didn’t fear what Trump may or may not have recorded.
Not only that, but Trump’s biographer recently revealed that he’s used the threat of having recorded people several times in the past to intimidate or bully them:
A biographer of Donald Trump who was sued for $5bn (£3.9bn) by the president – unsuccessfully – over accusations of lying said he was threatened with supposed tapes of the pair’s conversations in an effort to intimidate the journalist.
Tim O’Brien, who wrote TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald, published in 2005, told CNN’s Reliable Sources that Trump repeatedly told him he was recording their conversations.
But when Trump took O’Brien to court in the mid-2000s because his book cast doubt on a number of claims by the property magnate – most significantly, that his net worth ran into the billions, when evidence suggested it may only be as much as $250m – Trump was forced to admit he had no tapes.
In other words, Trump tried to intimidate a journalist who was writing a book about him by suggesting he was recording their conversations. However, when Trump was forced, under oath, to produce the tapes if they existed, that’s when he was forced to admit that he was lying.
Still, there’s no need to break any of this down because none of it makes any sense.
Trump can’t claim he threatened Comey so that he would be more honest about what the two had discussed, then claim nearly everything the former FBI director said was a lie. Especially when Comey has memos dating back months where he kept track of the conversations he and Trump had. Plus there’s always the fact that, even after Comey testified, Trump’s administration still refused to say if the tapes existed.
So why did they keep avoiding admitting the tapes didn’t exist after Comey’s testimony if, as Trump’s now claiming, the intent of that tweet was to push the former head of the FBI to be more honest?
Just another one of those “small details” that debunks this nonsense Trump’s trying to sell.
Honestly, what happened here is as clear as day.
Donald Trump, fearful of what Comey might say about their conversations after firing him, sent that tweet out hoping it may intimidate the former head of the FBI into not speaking out publicly. Administration officials then spent the following weeks avoiding answering if the recordings existed as they frantically worked on coming up with any sort of absurd excuse they could try to spin to explain why Trump clearly lied about recording Comey.
This was an obvious attempt by Trump trying to bully and intimidate Comey — much in the same way an organized crime boss might try to do to someone who could testify against them — that backfired, miserably.
Watch Trump’s comments below via Fox News: