It didn’t take Trump very long to hop on Twitter today After Mueller’s bombshell Russian indictments were announced. Trump just couldn’t help himself, so he threw out a statement on Twitter that he thought was going to help vindicate him, but the exact opposite happened.
Trump said: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”
Notice the timeline that Trump mentioned here? He mentioned 2014. Now, let’s actually go back to 2014 and pull up a Tweet that Trump wrote:
Trump said in 2014, “I wonder if I run for PRESIDENT, will the haters and losers vote for me knowing that I will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? I say they will!”
Trump clearly has no idea what he’s done, but as you can see Trump publicly acknowledged a presidential run back in 2014. Trump just made himself look even more guilty, not less like he hoped.
It’s also important to point out that Trump’s claim that the election “was not impacted” is laughable. Why? Because that has yet to be determined.
While the Russians getting indicted is massive news on it’s own, everyone is missing the overall implications this has against Donald Trump himself.
First of all, Robert Mueller – and everyone working the investigation in anyway – has just protected themselves from being fired. Now that a grand jury has ruled that Russia really did in fact try to rig the election for Trump, there is literally no scenario in which Trump can fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at this point. He would be hanging a giant “guilty” sign around his neck if he tried. Not to mention, Republicans have the midterm elections to worry about, so there’s no way they would allow Trump to start firing people at this point.
Bill Palmer points out the more important issue that everyone is overlooking: “Why has Mueller indicted anyone he’s indicted up to this point? It’s been entirely with the aim of getting those individuals to cut plea deals and provide evidence against bigger fish. This will be no different. These Russians will all get a chance to cut plea deals of their own, if they can provide evidence against the Americans they were working with. With thirteen Russians indicted today, one of them will hurry up and be the first to cut a deal, because the first person always gets the most lenient deal.”
Donald Trump is sadly mistaken if he thinks the Russians won’t be spilling the beans with everything they know.
As of this afternoon, most Americans now know that Donald Trump’s presidency is most likley illegitimate. Rod Rosenstein made it a point to say that these indictments do not prove that the Russians were successful in altering the outcome of the election, only that they tried…but that’s a long topic for another article.
What happens next? Trump’s approval ratings will likely plummet and when they reach the 20s, even Republicans will be done with him. Why? Because they want to reelected this fall. From here forward, every day remaining in Trump’s time in office will be about the bombshell that Robert Mueller just dropped. This doesn’t end well for Trump.