TRUMP: WHY CAN’T ROBERT MUELLER INVESTIGATE HILLARY CLINTON INSTEAD OF ME?

On Twitter today, President Donald Trump asked why special counsel Robert Mueller isn’t investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instead of him. In one of his tweets, the President referred to the former Secretary of State as, “crooked Hillary”. What does Hillary Clinton, his advers

This is an example of the President’s favorite type of arguments, a logical fallacy called whataboutism.

Whataboutism was famously employed by Soviets during the Cold War. Vladimir Putin engages in Whataboutism when he is asked about Russian authoritarianism, for instance.

Here is an example of Whataboutism:

Question to President Donald Trump: Are you concerned that a majority of American voters believe that you’re a liar?

Answer by President Donald Trump: What about crooked Hillary? She is the biggest liar. [hypothetical answer].

This exchange about is the essence of whataboutism.

When pressed, a whataboutist will not answer the merits of the question but will instead attempt to accuse the questioner of not recognizing the underlying hypocrisy of the question, even if it is unrelated to the actual answer. It is a variant of the more well-known tu quoque fallacy.

The President has a history of deflection and evading responsibility. The President has yet to be formally accused of anything yet he continues to act like a man guilty of something.

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