I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love my Saturday morning “covfefe.”
In what has become an American tradition, Donald Trump is kicking off the weekend with some inspirational tweets that are aimed at uniting a divided nation around a set of noble principles and a shared vision of hope.
He’s tweeting about himself and hurling accusations at everyone who isn’t him.
Specifically, Trump is fired up about a Fox News report about the pee-pee tapes. Here are some excerpts:
The company behind an infamous anti-Trump dossier also worked “on behalf of the Russian government” to fight U.S. sanctions that had enraged Moscow’s elite, a key witness testified to a Senate committee on Thursday.
The testimony of Bill Browder, the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, shed new light on the dealings of the controversial company Fusion GPS — which was tied to the dossier of spurious claims about President Trump. According to Browder, the company also conducted a “smear campaign” against him in a bid to fight Russia sanctions.
Further adding to the complexity, Browder also testified that this campaign was orchestrated by Natalia Veselnitskaya – the same Russian attorney who sought the highly scrutinized Trump Tower meeting last June with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
“They were talking about a repeal of sanctions so that Russian torturers and murderers could keep their money in America,” he testified.
Now first of all, there’s a whole lot to this story and context is absolutely critical. We’ll have more on that in a subsequent post.
Of course Trump doesn’t care anything about context and indeed, far from doing any background research on this, it kind of seems like he didn’t even bother to read the whole Fox article, because here’s what he just tweeted:
Yes, “in other words,” “I only read the first couple of sentences.” (He also refers to himself in the third person there, which is awesome.)
If Trump had bothered to read below the fold, the Fox article also says this:
But more broadly, Browder’s testimony skewered the Fusion firm itself, along with co-founder Glenn Simpson.
He said Natalia Veselnitskaya, working through an intermediary, hired Simpson to “conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky in advance of a congressional hearing on the Global Magnitsky Act.”
Browder’s testimony was rich with knowledge of the Russian government and corruption within, giving details of Veselnitskaya’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials.
Browder said that Veselnitskaya had worked for the FSB, which is a successor to the KGB.
“There is no such thing as a former KGB agent,” Browder said, adding that there was also “no such thing” as a former intelligence officer, mentioning Rinat Akhmetshin who attended the Trump Tower meeting with Veselnitskaya. “It’s like Hotel California—you can check out any time you like, but never leave.”
I didn’t think so.
But again, Trump didn’t read that far, so all he got was “Russia was against me.” What he didn’t get was: “My son met with KGB agents.”
Anyway, that was just the first of Trump’s Saturday tweet barrage. Here’s the rest of it:
So basically a long-winded (or as long-winded as one can be on Twitter) ramble complete with lots of superfluous punctuation and caps lock.
It feels like a Trumpish Saturday and here’s hoping he keeps this up for a couple of more hours because as you’re undoubtedly aware, these rants have a demonstrable tendency to get more absurd after he gets some momentum built up.