Hillary Clinton, the Democrats, the FBI, the Robert Mueller investigation, a hypothetical 400-pound man, and Russia - one of these things is not like the others.
President Donald Trump has blamed and criticized virtually everyone when it comes to interference in the 2016 presidential election except for the one entity his own intelligence community has shown to be responsible: Russia.
Even after Mueller handed down 13 indictments, showing in painstaking detail how numerous Russians and Russian organizations worked to undermine U.S. democracy, the president instead chose to focus on the fact that Mueller had not shown Trump campaign collusion.
Where is the anger toward Russian wrongdoing? It certainly can't be found in a Trump tweet.
Trump’s 14 Twitter messages about the Russia investigation within 24 hours focused on defending the validity of his victory and insisting neither he nor his campaign colluded with the Russian misinformation effort. He wrote that “they are laughing their asses off in Moscow” over how much the meddling has been investigated.
There was no message to the Russians to cut out the interference described in Mueller’s indictments on Friday, or calling for action to combat it other than to say “get smart, America!” He suggested the FBI missed signals that may have prevented the deadly school shooting in Florida because it was expending too much effort on the Russia probe.
The president went so far as to suggest that the FBI is not doing its due diligence in other domestic matters following last week's school shooting in Florida, apparently focused instead on taking down his presidency:
And then Trump shifted to one of his favorite tactics: glaslighting. The president insisted that he had never disagreed that Russia was behind the election meddling:
Trump previously questioned whether Russia was behind the efforts, something he repeated in another tweet Sunday referencing a comment during the 2016 campaign that others may be responsible. He also previously said he accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of any election interference.
Trump went on to criticize Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), calling him "the leakin’ monster of no control", and corrected a statement by his own national security advisor, H.R. McMaster:
“The evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain, whereas in the past it was difficult to attribute,” McMaster said on Feb. 17. He called the Russian actions as described in the indictment a “sophisticated form of espionage.”
"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!"
But Russia? No criticism for Russia or its president, Vladimir Putin to be found.