Donald Trump thinks you’re stupid. He thinks I’m stupid. He thinks even his most loyal supporters are stupid. Trump believes we’ll accept anything that gurgles out of his overly-articulated face-hole… because he said it, and if we don’t believe his words, we’re either his enemy or we’re part of the fake news conspiracy against him.
While appearing at a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Trump, among other treasonous remarks, told the world, “I have great confidence in my intelligence people. But, I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.” It was more than obvious from this statement and other surrounding remarks that Trump said exactly what he meant, that he believes Putin over the word of the U.S. government. Simply put: treason.
The next day, however, and perhaps triggered by disgruntled congressional Republicans, Trump appeared to walk back the last part of the above explanation. Trump read a prepared statement before reporters in the cabinet room that included this: “In a key sentence in my remarks, I said ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’ The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ You can put that in.”
Fine. He backpedaled on that one sentence, leaving the other sentences spoken in defense of Putin completely untouched. Why? Because he wants his people to believe it was the Democrats who hacked their own servers and are presently working with the “deep state” to cover it up. That’s the kooky conspiracy theory he wants us all to believe — a theory, by the way, that’s far kookier than the birth certificate nonsense, or even the alleged three million illegal voters in California.
And how do we know he was lying? Among other examples, we only need to point out his repeated mention of “the server.” “Where’s the server?” he kept asking. “I wanna see the server!” What’s the deal with this business about the server? He’s talking about a conspiracy theory involving the Democratic Party. Trump wants us to believe the Democratic National Committee refused to hand over its email server because (again, his theory) they were covering up their own self-hacking. The same goes for his mention of John Podesta’s office. All told, while Trump begrudgingly kinda-sorta said it was the Russians who were responsible for the “interference” (and “other people,” he said), he actually thinks the Democrats were pulling a ratfuck — a double-cross leading to accusations of collusion and so forth. His server blurts, also repeated to Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, entirely negate any post-Helsinki corrections from Trump or his staff.
Meanwhile, Trump revisited the topic on Wednesday and repeated what’s easily been his most ludicrous example of self-praise. Try not to laugh: “There’s never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been.” We’ve heard this sort of boast before and based on previous iterations, we know he’s lying, and we know the truth is exactly the opposite of what he said. He always does this.
1. April 2016: “Nobody knows the system better than I do.”
This is completely untrue. It’s doubtful Trump’s read the Constitution cover-to-cover. It even more doubtful that he knows how a bill becomes a law. If it wasn’t described on Fox News or at Infowars, he probably doesn’t know it. Based on his first 18 months in office, he doesn’t appear to know anything about the system. He didn’t appear to know that “CBC” stands for “Congressional Black Caucus.” He thought Obamacare included language covering children who still “live with their parents.” Nope. There’s language about people under 26 who can stay on their parents’ insurance, but it doesn’t matter whether they still live with their parents. Trump knows nothing.
2. June 2015: “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”
There’s nobody bigger (or better) at the military? What?
3. June 2016: “There is nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me.”
How did he gain this insight? We can assume based on his television viewing habits that he watched footage of Hiroshima on Fox News, thus “nobody” understands nuclear more than him. Bear in mind that Trump didn’t know what the nuclear triad is, answering in a debate, “I think – I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me.” Uh-huh. And then Trump said this about uranium: “You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.”
4. July 2016: “I know more about Cory [Booker] than he knows about himself.”
5. October 2016: “Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody. Nobody has more respect.”
Clearly this is false. But it was also spoken when Trump was desperately trying to sidestep the now infamous Access Hollywood “pussy grabbing” tape. Also, notice the repeated use of “nobody.” As a corollary to our rule here, the more “nobodies” he uses, the bigger the lie.
6. February 2016: “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.”
Not only does Trump not read the Bible, obviously, he simply doesn’t read. In fact, there’s evidence showing he has trouble reading. Nevertheless, it’s important to reiterate: words have no meaning to Trump. There are perhaps tens of millions of people around the world, including scholars and theologians, who’ve read the Bible far more often than Trump who likely isn’t very religious at all.
7. January 2017: “There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump. There’s nobody.” He also said about the CIA, “I love you, I respect you, there’s nobody I respect more.”
Uh-huh. You know how we know he’s lying a lot here? He said “nobody” three times, and, days earlier he compared the intelligence community to Nazi Germany while referring to it with scare-quotes around the word “intelligence.” And the mass firings have yet to occur, but they will.
Ultimately, let there be no doubt. Trump continues to telegraph his ballooning guilt in all of this. His desperation to cover-up his own remarks adds all kinds of nuclear fuel to an already kiloton-level explosion of criminality and treason. And if it’s obvious to those of us just watching, it has to be crystal clear to men like Robert Mueller and his team of untouchables.