Thursday, May 30, 2019


On Twitter this morning, President Trump admitted that Russia helped him win. Eileen Sullivan of The New York Times reports:
President Trump tweeted on Thursday that Russia helped “me to get elected,” and then quickly retracted the idea.

“No, Russia did not help me get elected,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for Colorado Springs. “I got me elected.” He spoke less than an hour after his Twitter post.

The original comment, a clause in one of several Twitter posts this morning, is an extraordinary admission from Mr. Trump....

Yes, it is an extraordinary admission. So how are right-wingers explaining it away?

* Kevin Williamson, National Review: Trump is too stupid to use the English language correctly.
It seems to me that the New York Times and Eileen Sullivan are being willfully tendentious here.... In the context of the tweet — and keeping in mind that the president is not exactly what you would call a master of the English language—it seems clear enough that Trump here is responding to and rejecting the claim that Russia helped him get elected, not confessing the fact that Russia helped him get elected.
Translation: Only angry liberal partisans would pay no attention to what Trump actually said!

* Twitchy: Oops -- it was a "typo"!
Everyone retweeting President Trump’s typo saying he admitted Russia helped him win the election knows that’s not what he meant

President Trump tweeted earlier this morning that “I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected” and now liberal blue-checks are positively giddy that this typo is really the president finally admitting that Russia did indeed help him win in 2016....
No, no, no. These are typos:

("Muller" instead of "Mueller" could also be a typo, or Gingrich might simply be unable to spell Mueller's name correctly. But "iut" and "boith" are clearly the result of un-proofread fat-fingering, as is "Trumpo," unless you think Newt is engaged in Joycean wordplay comparing the president to one of the Marx Brothers.)

* Breitbart: It all depends on what the meaning of "it" is.
The awkwardly worded phrase “Russia helping me to get elected” is being treated as a confession, a Freudian slip that reveals the president’s true state of mind — though he also called the idea “a crime that didn’t exist,” and a “false accusation” in the same tweets, suggesting that Trump was simply rejecting the allegations about collusion as a whole.
But here are Trump's words:
And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected. It was a crime that didn’t exist. So now the Dems and their partner, the Fake News Media,.....

....say he fought back against this phony crime that didn’t exist, this horrendous false accusation, and he shouldn’t fight back, he should just sit back and take it. Could this be Obstruction? No, Mueller didn’t find Obstruction either. Presidential Harassment!
Trump writes, "It was crime that didn't exist," then, referring to himself in the third person, asserts that Democrats and the media "say he fought back against this phony crime that didn’t exist, this horrendous false accusation." So the "crime that didn't exist" is what Trump regards as a "false accusation" against himself.

Sorry -- whether he meant to or not, Trump fessed up. Deal with it, wingers.

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