In a fit of juvenile stubbornness, President Trump continued today to give the worst possible excuse as he shamelessly defended his “wiretapping” claim in an interview with the most infuriatingly smug host on television, Fox’s Tucker Carlson.
In the interview, Trump claimed that, “wiretap covers a lot of things.”
Here is an exhaustive list of what “wiretap” covers, as per Merriam-Webster:
- Wiretap: to tap a telephone or telegraph wire in order to get information
That’s all. Wiretap covers the literal act of wiretapping. Trump’s excuse of wiretapping applying to others “things” is about as secure as the DNC’s e-mail server.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer, thrown to the wolves, engaged in a less-than-impressive display of verbal gymnastics when he clarified that Trump didn’t mean “wiretapping” when he tweeted about “wiretapping.” Because why would we think that?
Not to outdo himself, Spicer continued, “[Trump] doesn’t really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally.”
But despite the growing chorus of Republicans in both Congress and America viewing this outlandish narrative unfavorably, Trump dug in his heels. Encouraged by his sycophantic shill, Carlson, Trump continued, “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”
By now, though, Democrats and Republicans alike realize that the Trump tactic of kicking the can down the road is his person brand of backtracking. Just like those infamous tax returns we’re still waiting to see.
Let’s call this what it is: a bold faced lie by the President of the United States. This situation needs to be dealt with appropriately—Trump accused a former President of a felony offense based on a conspiracy theory concocted by a far-right wing fake news website.
If we are supposed to take our government seriously, so do we need to take what it says seriously. And his fellow Republicans need to start putting country over party before the integrity of the Office of the Presidency is completely decimated.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.