Donald Trump’s Incoherent Reaction to Special Counsel Appointment Shows That He’s Afraid
It’s been a few huge days for Donald Trump. Elon Musk welcomed him back to Twitter, and Attorney General Merrick
It’s been a few huge days for Donald Trump. Elon Musk welcomed him back to Twitter, and Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee investigations into the now-presidential candidate.
But instead of reassuring Trump that the investigations by the Department of Justice are being overseen as impartial, the appointment sent him into a rage.
And his nearly-incoherent response to the news shows just how worried he is about the investigations slowly wrapping up in multiple arenas.
If Donald Trump’s Talking Points about Special Counsel Sound Weird, It’s Because They Are
The special counsel investigating former president Donald Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents honed his investigative and trial skills over 30 years of fighting cases involving corruption, crimes and police brutality. https://t.co/JldPKU7AJR— Bloomberg Law (@BLaw) November 21, 2022
On Friday, US AG Merrick Garland announced that he was appointing a special counsel to oversee investigations into presidential candidate and twice-impeached former POTUS Donald Trump.
The counsel he chose is a man named Jack Smith, a former chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague, where he investigated war crimes in Kosovo. Smith has a reputation for being impartial and methodical, and is by all accounts a reasonable choice for all involved parties.
Unless, of course, you’re Trump.
Trump responded by going on Fox News to air his grievances and – unbeknownst to him – obvious fears.
Rachel Maddow broke down the FPOTUS’s most bizarre statements, and here’s a quick roundup of what he said and why they’re strange:
- “I am not going to partake in this.” While it sounds like a power phrase, it comes off more like an angry toddler who won’t eat the peas before him. People being investigated for crimes don’t have the choice of opting out.
- “I have been going through this for six years.” The last thing most people would want to do is remind the public just how long they’ve been the subject of criminal investigations.
- “Isn’t this sort of like double jeopardy?” Trump seems unable to separate investigations into past actions from the current investigations. While you can’t be tried for the same crime twice, you can be tried for different crimes.
- Claiming that the Justice Department has been “weaponized.” It’s hypocritical for Trump to complain about this, since he’s gone on the record over the years multiple times with a desire to use the DoJ to further his own interests.
- Saying that Smith is “totally controlled by President Obama and his former A.G., Eric Holder.” There’s no proof of these statements and any connection between Smith and either Obama or Holder.
- Other Presidents did it first. Trump has tried to say multiple times that other Presidents illegally took documents after their time in office. It’s easily proven false.
It’s proof that the former President is feeling cornered and threatened by the ongoing investigations.
Many speculated that Trump hoped announcing his candidacy would stop investigations to avoid any appearance of political bias.
But Trump seems to be forgetting that the 2024 presidential race is 2 years away, and he can’t play the “election is close” card for that long.
Mike Pence Seems to be Back on Donald Trump’s Good Side
.@RepKinzinger: “I think Mike Pence is trying to please two different groups: he’s trying to please those that are concerned with [former President] Trump, and those that really liked Donald Trump. […] You can't please them both." https://t.co/SN27skuQU5 pic.twitter.com/EeZ3oJ15CG— The Hill (@thehill) November 21, 2022
In the stunning reversal that few saw coming, it looks as though former VP Mike Pence and Donald Trump might be playing nice for the foreseeable future.
Late last week, new Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted poll asking if he should reinstate Trump’s account to the platform.
He cited, “vox populi, vox dei,” which loosely means that the voice of the people represents the voice of god.
The poll narrowly ended in Trump’s favor, so Musk reinstate the account over the weekend.
The people have spoken.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2022
Trump will be reinstated.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei. https://t.co/jmkhFuyfkv
Trump himself has said he won’t return to Twitter, because he’s got Truth Social which he says is much better.
As all of this was occurring, Mike Pence finally closed the door on the idea that he might testify before the January 6 House committee.
Pence says it would set a “terrible precedent” to force a VP to testify against his former runningmate, and added that Congress has “no right” to his testimony.
Incidentally, one tweet was missing from Trump’s account as of early this week: a tweet slamming Mike Pence on January 6, 2021. The tweet read, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify.”
While it could simply be a coincidence that Trump deleted what could be the most damning tweet from his account as investigations begin to wrap up on several alleged crimes, it’s more likely that it’s some behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing.
Pence has a vested interest in taking the MAGA target off his back.
And Trump can’t look like a sour grapes loser who can’t even get along with his former VP.
The 2024 election cycle is in full swing already.