May 20, 2018

Trump: ‘This Is The Single Greatest Witch Hunt Of A Politician In American History!’

On the heels of an announcement on Wednesday evening by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein that he had appointed a special counsel in the investigation of Trump-Russia ties, the White House initially offered a brief but sober assessment:

As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.

This morning, Trump finally took to Twitter to begin his long-awaited tweetstorm:

Trump is absolutely right that the Obama administration avoided appointing a special prosecutor over violations that were eminently deserving of one: the IRS scandal, the Fast and Furious scandal, Benghazi. The double standard is obvious.

It’s also true that many other presidents – usually Democrats – decry their treatment at the hands of the media and their political opposition. President Obama did it regularly. President Clinton deployed his wife to talk about “the vast right wing conspiracy.” Trump is nothing new here.

But this is strategically inept. Trump’s first statement, which obviously ran through his staff, evidenced solid political forethought: let the investigation take its course, let Trump be shown innocent, and let the whole thing burn itself out over time. Trump’s tweets pour gasoline on the flames and make it seem as though Trump is enraged at the prospect of a full look at connections between Russia and Trump associates like former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Trump is keeping this scandal alive, at least in part. He’s said before that he whines until he wins, but as president, this sort of whining makes people think “cover-up,” not “wrongly accused.”

Trump would be wise to let the special counsel appointment take the wind out of the sails of Democrats, who will be stymied by the fact that special counsel Robert Mueller is actually a professional who isn’t prone to leaks or partisanship. Instead, he’s jumping on Twitter again. Even if he’s right, that just isn’t smart politics.

Source: The Daily Wire