When you realize 70 percent of what comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth is a lie, you realize how little value his claim this morning has, that he’s the real victim of the RussiaGate scandal. Again relying on Fox News rather than the intel community’s pesky facts, Trump tweeted:
Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. "Spied on before nomination." The real story.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017
Never mind Trump’s painful English, which makes it sound as if Fox & Friends is the perpetrator of the “crooked scheme” used against him. That only makes him a liar with poor grammar.
What seems to have Trump all riled up is a Fox & Friends report this morning that,
“Bombshell report over the weekend shows a ‘very high up’ Obama official unmasking Trump associates for political purposes, sources say.”
But it is a bombshell nobody else seems to have heard or seen, one of the many actual facts that trouble Fox News. If you listen, you can almost hear echoes of Glenn Beck’s plaintive cry: Why is nobody talking about this?
Their outrage was on display this morning when they reported that the “mainstream media” – meaning NBC News, CBS, CNN, ABC, MSNBC – have spent 0 minutes covering what Fox News is treating as the scandal of the century.
Well, it’s not actual news, is it? As MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin said in response to Trump’s tweet, “Trump could get his info from Intel reports. Instead, he chooses Fox and Friends.”
Their outrage – Trump’s and Fox’s – is easily understood. After all, it was Fox News that started the so-called Benghazi scandal that derailed Hillary Clinton’s career and consumed the dutiful and deluded attention of the mainstream media for years.
And it’s not working this time. Now when they need their lies to resonate the most.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) himself took to Fox & Friends this morning to put paid to Trump’s continued scheming, accurately explaining to the scandalized panel that,
“Any suggestion that the Obama administration was spying on Trump team, it’s a distraction, it’s a smoke bomb, and it’s been dismissed roundly.”
The fact is, the real victim is not smoke-bomb-lobbing Donald Trump, who is desperately flailing to avoid impeachment or worse.
Trump’s role in this tragicomedy was not as victim but as traitor, selling out to a foreign power.
“Founding Fathers fought hard to keep foreign interference out of US politics. Over 200 years later we failed them. It will be paid in blood.”
The real victims are the American people. Trump’s smirking betrayal of his oath of office is the real story.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.