As Donald Trump desperately looked for a way to deflect from the politically damning Mueller report on Thursday, he took to Twitter to – what else? – trash Barack Obama.
In a tweet, the president heaped blame on the Obama administration for Russian involvement in the 2016 election, claiming the former president “was told about it and did nothing!”
Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
Trump’s crackpot tweet comes hours after the redacted Mueller report laid out disturbing evidence showing that it was the Trump campaign who was welcoming and aware of Russian involvement in the election.
Former Senior Advisor to Obama laid it out in simple terms on Thursday shortly after the Mueller report was released.
1. Russia interfered
2. They did it to help Trump
3. Trump wanted their help
4. Trump’s campaign met with the Russians to seek out that help
5. Trump and his campaign repeatedly lied about those contacts
6. Trump fired the FBI Director to stop an investigation into the matter
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 18, 2019
Trump is desperately grasping at straws
Trump’s claim that Obama is responsible for Russian meddling comes at the very same time he and his attorney general are attacking the decisions made by the previous administration to investigate said Russian meddling.
Earlier today, in fact, the Trump campaign released a statement again attacking the Obama administration and the Department of Justice for looking into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 campaign, saying: “[T]he Obama-era DOJ and FBI must answer for their misdeeds and the scam that they perpetrated against the American people.”
So which is it?
Was the Obama administration wrong to look into Russian meddling in the 2016 election – which, of course, involved the Trump campaign – or were they too weak in responding, as Trump is now claiming in his latest tantrum?
Of course, Trump doesn’t care about the answer to either question. He is simply throwing the kitchen sink into the ether and hoping something sticks – all because he can’t figure out how to deflect from the damning findings laid out in Mueller’s report.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.