In the wake of the FBI searching Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago bunker, the right-wing propaganda machine has been working overtime to defend their aspiring authoritarian master. It’s been a dangerously dishonest display of disinformation intended to stoke fear and hostility among Trump’s cult followers
In the days after the FBI operation, Republican shills and Fox News hacks mobilized to spread their contrived nonsense asserting preposterous conspiracies from clandestine cabals aimed at destroying Trump’s future electoral prospects, to baseless charges that the FBI was planting evidence to incriminate Trump, as if he weren’t doing that himself every time he opens his mouth.
On Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Merrick Garland called Trump’s bluff. He filed a motion to unseal the Mar-a-Lago search warrant. Trump’s allies in the media have been clamoring for just this sort of transparency. And now they can get what they’ve been pretending to wish for. Although Trump himself was the only obstacle to releasing the warrant, which he could have done at any time, since he has a copy of it. Now he is calling for the warrant to be released, while maligning it as having been written by “radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents.”
Now why do you suppose Trump would want to disparage the warrant that was actually written by career Justice Department professionals? Perhaps because he knows that it was valid and contains incriminating information about Trump having taken classified materials – possibly including some with nuclear secrets – and storing them at his highly unsecure golf resort. It’s telling that Trump hasn’t bothered to make a substantive denial of any of that. Instead, choosing to unleash infantile insults, obvious deflections, tedious yammering that every allegation against him is a “hoax,” and ridiculous, reckless charges that FBI planted evidence.
Trump has until 3:00 pm Friday to officially advise the court if he will object to the motion. Which, knowing Trump, he might not actually do. In the meantime he’s posting bizarre rants on his miserably failing Twitter ripoff, TRUTH Social. Among those posts is one that raises “whataboutism” to new heights of the absurd…
“What happened to the 30 million pages of documents taken from the White House to Chicago by Barack Hussein Obama? He refused to give them back! What is going on? This act was strongly at odds with NARA. Will they be breaking into Obama’s “mansion” in Martha’s Vineyard?”
Trump’s jealousy of Obama continues to haunt him. The latest example of it was triggered by a New York Post article that was deliberately misleadingly, saying that “Barack Obama trucked 30 million pages of his administration’s records to Chicago.” The truth, as noted in the Washington Post, is that “the Obama team was transferring the records to Chicago through the National Archives.” And that “there isn’t the faintest hint of legal violations.”
In other words, the documents were always managed by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which controlled the facility in Chicago, and none of them were classified. Which Obama’s website affirmed saying that the document transfer was “the [Obama] Foundation’s joint endeavor with NARA to digitize nearly 30 million pages of unclassified paper records of the Obama presidency.” The National Archives has also affirmed this.
Trump’s comment was pure fiction. Obama never “refused” to give anything back, because he never took anything. There was nothing “at odds with NARA.” And why would Trump even mention “breaking into Obama’s ‘mansion’ in Martha’s Vineyard,” when his fallacious allegation claimed the documents were in Chicago?
The bottom line is that Trump is parroting purposeful lies by Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post and other right-wing press. And they are doing it despite the fact that the truth is readily available and has been for years. But then what else should we expect from Trump and company? Even Fox news is starting to cringe at the antics of Trump and his minions.
THIS JUST IN: Trump is now fundraising off of this BS…
New Trump statement just dropped:
He heard that his predecessor, who may or may not be a radical Islamic terrorist, kept "lots" of classified nuclear documents. pic.twitter.com/T3scYJcv6o
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 12, 2022
UPDATE: Trump posted a new comment literally admitting that he had documents that were classified. He wrote that “Number one, it was all declassified.” Which means there were previously classified. And since there is no evidence that they were ever declassified, other than this after-the-fact statement, they are officially still classified. Either way, he previously denied he had anything at all. His comment also says the FBI could have had the documents at any time, just by asking. But the evidence shows that Trump refused to turn them over, which is why the warrant was issued. And finally, Trump threw in the Obama deflection again, which we know is a lie.
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