In a series of angry tweets early on Saturday, President Donald Trump accused former president Barack Obama of “wire tapping” Trump Tower before the 2016 presidential election. As usual, Trump cited no evidence to back his explosive claims.
Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes immediately tweeted that presidents cannot order wiretaps and dismissed Trump’s silly assertion that a really good lawyer could make a “great case” out of Obama wire tapping.
Trump also called Obama a “Bad (or sick) guy!” and accused him of a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. So much for the “presidential” Trump pundits were applauding just a few days ago.
Trump was quick to add “nothing found” by surveillance of Trump Tower. And there it is. The probable truth stated as its direct opposite.
We’ve seen this all before whenever Trump or his campaign or his administration is accused of wrongdoing or caught in a lie—which seems like almost every day now—he resorts to vicious ad hominem attacks on his critics. Even Meryl Streep felt the rage of “Herr Twittler” when she dared to call out his nasty behavior and defend the free press during the Golden Globes Awards show.
Several media outlets are now suggesting that Trump is likely referring to information from an article published on Friday by Breitbart News, which alleged that Obama “sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign.” Several White House senior officials are also reportedly circulating the fake news story in earnest.
As one former senior intelligence official pointed out in the Washington Post: “It seems unthinkable. If that were the case by some chance, that means that a federal judge would have found that there was either probable cause that he had committed a crime or was an agent of a foreign power.”
Although Steve Bannon officially left his post as CEO of the alt-right website to join Trump’s campaign, we can be sure that propaganda and attack stories will continue to be generated and employed by the White House chief strategist and his unofficial staff at Breitbart to counter the numerous scandals threatening to topple this administration.
– Danielle Bizzarro