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Monday, March 25, 2019

Our Men on Their Side

If Trump won a victory yesterday, he is determined to snatch defeat from its jaws:

"Within an hour of learning the findings," the WashPost reports, "Trump called for an investigation of his critics and cast himself as a victim."

"Aides say Trump plans to ... call for organizations to fire members of the media and former government officials who he believes made false accusations about him."

This is clearly where the Administration is going:

“The reality is, the question now is, if there was no evidence of collusion, three investigations, no evidence of collusion — who made it up? It had to come from somewhere,” he said. “It didn’t just come out of thin air. I want to know who did it, who paid for it, who fueled it. Because the person who did it and the group that did it knows it’s untrue because they invented it.”

While he has yet to tweet about it, Trump is serious about it:

“There are a lot people out there that have done some very, very evil things, very bad things, I would say treasonous things, against our country,” a clearly angry Trump said. “Hopefully the people that have done such harm to our country — we’ve gone through a period of really bad things happening — those people will certainly be looked at.”

“I have been looking at them for a long time and I’m saying, ‘why haven’t they been looked at?'” Trump continued ominously. “They lied to Congress. Many of them, you know who they are. They’ve done so many evil things.”

“I love this country as much as I can love anything, my family, my country, my God,” said the thrice-married president whose personal attorney paid hush money to his mistresses. “What they did, it was a false narrative, it was a terrible thing.”

Getting tired of all the winning yet?  And it would seem the GOP is going to follow Trump's lead:

Axios went so far last night as to say the majority of the country would side with Trump's claims of vindication and "witch hunt!," but that's not what NPR found this morning.  And more than a few responses to Trump's claims of vindication point out this must mean the FBI vindicated Hillary Clinton as well; sauce for the goose, and all.  That is going to be a hard obstacle to climb over, even if people don't know who Corey Lewandowski is or what Roger Stone is supposed to have done.  If Graham spoke for Trump this morning, insisting an investigation of the Obama administration is in order, any benefit the White House thinks it gets from this letter is going to dissipate like morning fog.  And the GOP will be manning the fans blowing that fog away.


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