In a series of rage-fueled tweets on Saturday morning, Donald Trump set the Internet on fire this weekend by accusing his predecessor, President Obama, of wire tapping his phones in Trump Tower. He provided no evidence. In fact, no evidence exists, because it never happened. The President is not even legally allowed to request such wiretaps. James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, is a man who would know such things. He says it didn’t happen. FBI Director James Comey took the extraordinary step on Saturday afternoon of asking the DOJ — where AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself on the matter — to issue a statement denying such a wiretap, which is basically a public rebuke of Donald Trump from the top law enforcement official in the land.
That should be the beginning and the end of the story: “President Tweets Crazy Shit; None Of It Is True.”
But that crazy shit — which we now know basically originated from an unsourced, made-up conspiracy theory delivered on right-wing talk radio and published by Breitbart news — nevertheless dominated the weekend’s news. Many Republicans remained mute. Democrats were like, “What the f*ck? If this is true, Donald Trump is in deep shit because it means the FBI had probable cause to tap his phones. If it’s not true, Donald Trump is in deep shit because he’s an insane person.”
Because we know that no such wiretaps occurred, we’re left with only one conclusion: The United States is being operated by a mad man, a mad man who has an entire White House staff scrambling to support his insanity.
Several prominent Republicans rejected Donald Trump’s claims, asking that Trump provide evidence that does not exist. The White House, meanwhile, had no warning that these tweets were coming because, in all likelihood, Trump had no idea he was going to make the accusation until 30 seconds before he did so. The White House, nevertheless, is being forced to stick by their President, and Sean Spicer publicly asked that an investigation be opened into a matter that does not exist, an investigation — like the one into the 3 million illegal voters — that will trail off into nothing in a matter of days.
Meanwhile, the leaks keep coming, despite Trump and the White House’s best efforts to curtail them. The Washington Post ran a story from 17 anonymous sources that basically catalogued Donald Trump’s mood over the weekend — he was angry (“steaming, raging mad”); he lashed out at his staff; he continues to insist and believe that Obama tapped his phones; and he and Bannon believe that the “deep state” (basically, the intelligence bureaucracy) is out to get them.
Mere days after the media called President Trump “presidential” for the first time in his nearly two-month old Presidency, our President is acting in the least Presidential way imaginable.
Conservative blowhard Joe Scarborough — who helped Trump prepare for his Joint Sessions speech last week — spelled this situation out the best on Morning Joe earlier today (via Raw Story):
“What Donald Trump did on Saturday morning has shaken this government and the confidence of its people to the core. It is hard to overstate how reckless that tweet was. The 45th president of the United States accusing the 44th president of tapping his phones, personally tapping his phones, calling him sick.”
“Uncouth,” co-host Mika Brzezinski interjected.
“For people comparing this to the birther controversy, context is necessary,” Scarborough continued. “It is one thing when a reality TV star accused a president of a sleazy conspiratorial theory. But when a president of the United States accuses another president, the context changes and it becomes dangerous.”
“We are in crisis,” Scarborough added.
He’s not wrong. There’s no one left to rely upon to get a handle on the situation, because the situation is being created by the most powerful person in the country.