As scrutiny over his administration’s ties to Russia reaches a fever pitch, President Trump tried to shift the focus to his predecessor in a bizarre conspiratorial Twitter rant this Saturday, accusing Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted in a six-part tweet storm.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump continued in another tweet, adding, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Posting to his News And Guts Facebook page, veteran journalist Dan Rather characterized Trump’s accusations as coming from someone who’s feeling insurmountable pressure.
“There is nothing more dangerous than a cornered and wounded animal,” the posts starts out.
“As the world closes in on President Donald Trump with a Russian investigation that is billowing so much smoke that the likelihood of some sort of fire seems highly likely, an increasingly isolated and temperamentally ill-prepared presidency could descend into a level of paranoia-fueled chaos the likes of which we have never seen as a nation.”
Rather said that Trump’s “demeaning” accusations leveled at Obama “has no parallel in recent American history” and are astoundingly hypocritical since Trump is the one who is “swirling around the storm drain of scandal…”
While Rather reiterated the opinion of experts who think the charges have little merit, he pointed out that the source of Trump’s paranoia “may very well have been the alt-right Breitbart site, which had an article making these claims. Or maybe it is a sign that a law-enforcement investigation was at a level higher than we even know.”
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