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Terrified of Being Thought of As Illegitimate, President Trump Melts Down on Twitter

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 18, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | February 18, 2018 |


Bob Mueller’s indictments against Russian actors on Friday stated that Russian actors worked with “unwitting” Trump campaign members and Deputy AD Rod Rosenstein noted that the indictments made no conclusions about whether the Russians changed the outcome of the election. However, to anyone willing to read between the lines — even a little bit — the charges are damning indictments of the legitimacy of the Trump presidency. The Russians were spending millions of dollars on an influence campaign; they were paying people to participate in Trump rallies; they were clearly backing Donald Trump, and many of the tactics they used mirrored those of Donald Trump’s campaign.

The ultimate goal of the Russian meddling was to sow discord in American politics, and the Russians achieved exactly that when Donald Trump was elected. Were their tactics determinative in the election outcome? The way that Donald Trump — a historically sensitive person when it comes to the legitimacy of his Presidency — has been tweeting since Friday certainly suggests that, privately, he thinks so. That he also thinks there’s a growing number of people who believe so.

He’s tweeting desperately, defensively from a place of deep insecurity.

Here’s a sampling:

This tweet is just patently false:

This tweet is one of the most offensively heinous things he’s ever tweeted: He’s using the deaths of 17 people in Florida to further undermine the FBI to protect himself from the Russian investigation:

And this tweet is galling, blaming the Democrats for a lack of gun-control legislation:

Donald Trump has spent the weekend railing against everyone with one very noticeable exception: Russia. And still: Trump has not enforced those sanctions against Russia. That’s because, even if Trump’s campaign didn’t specifically collude with the Russians (and that’s a very big If), Trump understands what most people can clearly see: He benefited from the Russian meddling campaign, and he likely would not be President without the aide of bad Russian actors who — yes — are laughing their asses off this morning. They achieved exactly what they set out to do.

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